Bear Bones 300 (2019 edition)

Wow, that was a tough one. I can barely walk or eat today. Up until Barmouth, it was primarily Type 1 fun with a well balanced mix of terrain and fantastic descents. I made it to the SPAR in Penrhyndeudraeth by 22:30 in time for a resupply. Then it was up to the disused slate quarry for some hike-a-bike. My legs rebelled on the final scramble to the summit. It was survival mode for the final 100km.

All in all, a very fine route with some great sections I’d not ridden before… though it might be a while before I consider 300+km off road in Wales in one go again.

Thanks Stu and Dee for looking after us.
Thanks Papparazi John for the finish photos.
Thanks Karl for riding chats and photos.
Thanks all for post ride bantz.

My ride on Strava is here:

Photo courtesy of Karl Booth
Photo courtesy of Karl Booth
Photo courtesy of Karl Booth. During the BB200 2018, this crossing was far too deep and fast flowing to cross.
Photo courtesy of Karl Booth. Resupplies in Machynlleth.

View of the Afon Mawddoch (river) pouring into the Irish Sea at Barmouth
I arrived in Barmouth to find BB200 rider Gary at the chippy. We had a romantic fish and chips for two, hiding from the rain under a bridge. Richard and Charlotte came to support, spectate and heckle the riders as they rolled in.
Photo courtesy of John Climber. Finished in 25:05.
Photo courtesy of John Climber. A close up of my finish grimace.
So much sheep shit. So much cleaning to do.

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