Like our rivers, the choice of cycling in Ceredigion can vary from gentle, undulating routes or fast descents, which, inevitably can be combined with challenging uphills, but which are always rewarded by magnificent views. Our lanes are quiet, and there's plenty of off road cycling too.
Guided cycling in Ceredigion and beyond
If you haven't discovered Ceredigion and its superb cycling landscape yet, and would prefer to have someone else choose and plan a route,let the locals show you the way.
You can choose from self guided trips along a number of carefully planned routes for gentle family oriented rides along quiet country lanes and cycle tracks, or for more experienced cyclists there are routes which include challenging mountain climbs and exhilarating descents.
There are regular 'Breeze rides' too, to get you into, or back into, cycling. Rides are organised by experienced and trained volunteer 'cycling champions'. Find their latest event on the Breeze Ceredigion or Discover Ceredigion Facebook pages.
Cycling Trails in Ceredigion
Designated routes such as the Ystwyth Trail and Rheidol Trail from Aberystwyth or the Cardi Bach Trail from Cardigan are linked with the Sustrans National Cycle Network and can form part of a more extensive cycling trip.
Mountain Biking in Ceredigion
Ceredigion makes and excellent base for mountain biking, with great tracks and bridleways to follow on do-it-yourself trips or rides with local guides. See the panel for some suggested routes.
The mountain biking centre at Bwlch Nant yr Arian near Aberystwyth is great for views as well as technical challenges.
There's a choice of three routes, each with a different character:
The Summit trail is exactly what the name suggests, superb views and flowing single track rides. The Pendam trail also has fantastic views, combined with some technically challenging sections. The third, Syfydrin, trail extends out onto the open hills.
A purpose-built 'pump track' has a number of loops with 'rollers' and 'table tops' - features that riders of all abilities can have have a go at, practice their skills on, or just warm up before taking to the longer trails which start from the same spot near the visitor centre.
There's great mountainbiking in Ceredigion's Cambrian Mountains and many of Ceredigion's bridleways are also suitable for mountainbiking.
Aberystwyth Cycle Festival
Aberystwyth's annual Aberystwyth Cycle Festival brings together a spectacular downhill mountain biking competition and an even tougher uphill challenge, as well as the 'Welsh Wild West' sportive with a choice of route lengths, fun races for children and 'town and gown' criterium races.
With some of Britain's top cyclists making an appearance in Ceredigion, festival visitors can watch the on and off-road action and also experience the beautiful and undiscovered lanes of Ceredigion on their own bikes. The popular Welsh Wild West sportive gives you a choice of four different routes to suit your mood and stamina: Cawr (the giant), Mynach (the monk) Diafol (Devil) and Corrach (the dwarf)
The race details will be available on the British Cycling website when entries are open.
The Gritfest weekend is a family friendly event focused on off-road biking over a mixture of terrain in the Cambrian Mountains. It includes timed special stages on gravel and a mixture of terrain in forestry, around lakes and wild moorland. Children and families can take advantage of youth rider coaching and enjoy outdoor adventures with activities ranging from archery to tree climbing and wildlife encounters.