Words: Harry Davies @futurecrusoe | Photography: Ben Briffett @bbriffett

Brecon Beacons, South Wales

Feeling the call of adventure, Harry and Ben headed off to the Brecon Beacons to check out  the local gravel scene . Wales has been a hub for mountain bikers from the South for years, but with the emergence of gravel, a new breed of rider is discovering Brecon all over again.

Gravel riding takes the bits that would be boring on a mountain bike, and mixes them with the roads that you dare not head down with your road bike. It opens the door to exploring a new type of terrain, a new adventure.

Waking up to a frosty morning in Brecon.

Apidura holding the essentials.

An opportunity to consult the maps and take the chill off.

Up and out.

Tracing the boundaries.

First sight of Pen Y Fan.

Ascending into the Clagg.

Winding tracks.

Clouds shroud the pass ahead.

Tough terrain near the summit.

Tracks become rivers.

Specialized Diverge

Border hopping.

Dwarfed by sandstone peaks.

Sometimes the pace needs slowing.

The best adventures always involve hike-a-bike.