The Bear Bones 200 is a self supported, long distance bikepacking event. The challenge is to complete the route with no outside assistance, support or back-up. If you’re unsure about what that entails, please read the guidelines here. You’ll need to rely on your own skills, fitness and determination to get you to the end. Pre-arranged assistance of any sort will result in a DNF. If you take a wrong turn, you must return to the exact part of the route where you went wrong and continue from there.
The route changes each year but you can anticipate a distance of around 200km, 5,000m of ascent and with a large percentage of the route being ‘off road’. The Cambrian Mountains provide a spectacular backdrop, so you can expect remote tracks, hike-a-bike sections, steep valleys and some of the biggest views in all of the UK. The BB200 isn’t way marked or signed, there are no marshals and no feed stops.
While there’s no time limit or cut-off for finishing, we anticipate all riders to be back within 36 hours. Remember, the BB200 is designed to be a true test, it’s not a social ride or a ‘tour’ and should be undertaken in a manner that reflects that. If 36 hours sounds like an unrealistic timescale or you’d prefer to ride at a more leisurely pace, then we’d prefer that you don’t enter, leaving the place from someone willing to give it their all and rise to the challenge.