Permanent audax

The Elenydd

305km Audax

An audax available at any time of year.

In audax lingo, a permanent audax is an event that can be ridden at any time of year. The only exception is the day of the calendar event.  You can also start at any of the three control locations.  This route is not suitable in winter conditions. 

Distance: 305km

Climbing: 4,750m

Audax Altitude Award Points: 4.75

Controls: Hartlebury, Presteigne, Llanwrytd Wells, Tregaron, Rhayader, Ludlow. 

The Elenydd is a classic audax route originally developed by audax legend, the late Dave Pountney of Kidderminster CTC.  Sadly it is no longer available as a calendar event but we keep the flame going as a permanent,. 

The Elenydd or Cambrian Mountains have been called “The empty heart of Wales”. It is certainly the remotest, least populated, wildest area of Wales and southern Britain. A network of narrow, single-track roads cross this wilderness. We know the roads well and invite you to enter this sublime audax permanent route.  You’ll explore the Devil’s Staircase, ‘Telephone Box Hill’ and the Mountain Road through Cwymystwyth. 

Control locations, where you obtain your proofs-of-passage, are all in quintessential market towns, so typical to this part of Britain.  

E Brevet (from Hartlebury only), GPX and completed brevet cards are accepted as evidence of proof of passage. Riders may start at any control but riders starting and finishing at  Presteigne, Llanwrytd Wells, Tregaron or Rhayader are advised to use GPX or e-brevet due to limited printed receipt opportunities for brevet cards. 

The small print boring stuff

The event is run under Audax UK regulations. You should familiarise yourself with Audax UK regulations, guidance, and advice (available in AUK publications, at or on request from the organiser).  The event is not a race or trial of speed. You are expected to follow the rules of the road and show consideration toother road users.

  • The route is on open public roads. 
  • You should prepare by studying the route. 
  • The route is not waymarked /marshalled.
  • You are responsible for your safety/conduct. 
  • Some routes/conditions may be arduous.
  • The organiser provides no rescue service.
By entering the event, you understand that during the event, you are on a private excursion on the public highway and that you are responsible for your own conduct. You agree to abide by Audax UK Regulations for this ride. Entry fees are not refundable or transferable.