This stunning sportif is the perfect opportunity to explore the best that the Brecon Beacons National Park and Radnorshire Hills have to offer, and with three distances to choose from, riders are sure to have a brilliant day in the saddle.
Beginning at Race HQ in Hay on Wye, cyclists will jump right into it, heading up a twisting mountain road that climbs steadily into the Black Mountains.
As you climb, panoramic views of the Wye Valley will unfold before your eyes, and riders can revel in the peace and quiet of their surroundings. The stunning views will hopefully distract from the climb as you make your way to Gospel Pass, Wales' highest road, before swooshing down a long descent into the valley.
Once down in the valley, those riding the long route will split off for their second climbing challenge of the day, the iconic Tumble. One of the most notorious cycling climbs in Wales, the 6km hill with 10% incline will have you feeling the burn, and ignite your competitive spirit as you tackle your way to the top. After cresting the hill, ride the wave of your epic accomplishment back down to river level, where you will rejoin the short / medium route and pedal easily to the first feed station in Talybont on Usk.
On the outskirts of Brecon, the routes will split once more, as the Long route riders get ready for another hilly section on the far western edge of the Park where they will find their second feed station in Llangadog and the medium route sets out north through rolling moorlands and Brechfa Pool. The routes will rejoin at feed station 3 before setting off on the final test of the legs as you climb up the Edw Valley to the top of Llanbedr Hill. Here, you will be awestruck by the range of mountains that lies beneath you, knowing that you and your bike conquered all the hills and valleys below. You will now get to ride on back to Hay on Wye, where you will be treated to a hot meal and professional sports massage.
While the long route is an incredible day in the saddle, the short and medium routes are just as exciting, with the medium route clocking in over 2000m of climbing. The short route is perfect for those that are new to sportives, looking to push the pace, or just wanting to enjoy a shorter day in the saddle. All rides will include the iconic climb over Gospel Path, promising an leg-burning day for all.
- The 83km route has a total of 1234 vertical metres of climbing
- The 114km route has a total of 2079 vertical metres of climbing
- The 213km route has a total of 3695 vertical metres of climbing