Win a new Trek children’s bike

Fancy a shiny new Trek Wahoo or Kickster for your child? Well here’s a chance to win one and have some fun at the same time.

Our friends and generous sponsors of The Beast Unchained and Mini Beast Challenge over at Trek Bicycle are donating a shiny new Wahoo or kickster  to go to one lucky young entrant of the Mini Beast Challenge that is taking place on Saturday 28th September at Coed y Brenin forest park.

The event is free to enter, you’ll just need a suitable bike, helmet and clothing appropriate for the weather on the day.  All children must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian aged 18+ who will remain with the child at all times on the ride. There will also be a little something in the way of a reward and memento for all children who finish. 

Staff from Trek will also be on hand to hand put a few random spot prizes and answer questions about their children’s bikes and the importance of correct selection, size and fit. 

The grand prize winner will be selected at random from all finishers after the event closes at 1pm and will be announced over the event address system. The prize bike will be of appropriate sized model from the Kickster or Wahoo ranges and so will not be available to collect on the day but will be pre built and safety checked and must be collected from Beics Brenin, Coed y Brenin at a later date.

As a bonus, the first 150 riders will receive a ‘Mini Beast Challenge’ numbered Fenderboard that can be later easily re-purposed as a bike fender to save waste. Instructions can be found at

Mini Beast Challenge

The Mini Beast Challenge is the new name for our Nippers n’Rippers kids event. You can find out why we changed the name HERE.

The event takes place on Saturday 28th September, recommended for kids from 4 to 14yrs  ( all children must be accompanied at all times on the ride by an adult parent, guardian or responsible adult aged 18+).

The event offers 3 ride distances 3km, 9km and 14km of increasing technical challenge.

Last year well over 100 children turned out to take on the challenge and we expect even more for 2019.

You can register your child for the event HERE. Like the main event there are multiple route options, very young or inexperienced riders can ride the first loop of the Minortaur trail (3km) as part of the event, there is also a route of approximately 9km recommended for 6-12yr olds and novice child riders (on easy Blue grade trail) and a more challenging route of approximately 14km – recommended for 10-14yr olds or more experienced child riders (on a mix of Blue and Red graded trail).

PLEASE NOTE – ALL CHILDREN MUST REMAIN ACCOMPANIED BY AN (age 18+) ADULT PARENT OR GUARDIAN AT ALL TIMES WHEN ON COURSE and will be required to complete a liability waiver at sign on.

Saturday – Mini Beast Challenge times…

9.30 am – Sign on opens for Mini Beast Challenge
10.00 am – Course Start Opens – Mini Beast Challenge.
12.30 am – Sign on closes – Mini Beast Challenge.
1.00 pm – Course Start closes – Mini Beast Challenge.

Bikes & clothing

Bikes – Children’s bikes should be suitable for the trail that will be ridden, for the 9km and 14km this should be a children’s mountain bike with off-road tyres, for the easier 3km route a kid’s hybrid style bike with suitable tyres with some knobbly grip pattern would be ok. They should be in good working order with working brakes and gears (if fitted). Parents accompanying the child should be properly prepared for any puncture or mechanical problem or be happy to walk back with equipment as there is no recovery service provided by the organiser.  

Clothing – Children should be appropriately dressed to ride in the weather conditions of the day with cover for the eventuality that the weather could change or that they could stay warm should a mechanical failure occur and an extended walk/wait is necessary.

Parents should ensure that enough food and hydration for the ride is carried and that children are confident and capable enough to tackle the route distance and grade.


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