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Brecon Beacons Devil Sportive

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Settle into the saddle for this Brecon Beacons Devil sportive that showcases the best that Brecon Beacons National Park has to offer. Perfect for cyclists looking for a hill-filled challenge, take on 83km, 114km, or 213km up twisting mountain roads, with swooping descents & breathtaking views.

Review summary

5 Reviews
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Bernie P
"Brilliant testing course good roads with excellent scenery. Nothing to..."


Andrew K
"Challenging ride lots of hills. Great organisation and friendly staff and..."


Paul P
"Great and challenging ride. Lots of climbs and very steep in places. Definitely..."
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How to enter the Brecon Beacons Devil Sportive

  1. 83 km

    Bike 83km
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  2. 213 km

    Bike 213km
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  3. 114 km

    Bike 114km
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Brecon Beacons Devil Sportive routes

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

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Clearly marked route
  • Complimentary hot & cold drinks and breakfast goodies pre-ride
  • Feed stations with sweet and savoury food & energy products
  • Track pumps, lube & basic tools available at start and feed stations
  • Food & drink post-ride
  • Professional sports massage available for a small donation
  • Voucher to spend at Drover Cycles
  • Two prize draws for awesome prizes
Raceday Logistics


07:00: Registration opens for Long route riders

07:30 - 08:00: Long route riders can depart any time within this window

07:30: Registration opens for the Short and Medium routes

08:00 - 09:00: Short and Medium riders can depart any time within this window

Please do not arrive earlier than 07:00 as the registration desk will not be open. At registration you will be given a rider number, which you must attach to your bike. Reusable zip ties will be provided so please return them to Race HQ post-race.

Bag Check:

You will be able to leave your bags at Race HQ


There will be toilets and changing facilities on site. The feed stations will also have bathrooms available.

Mechanical Support:

Please carry an adequate supply of spares or a repair kit. If you do require assistance, please call 01497822419 and they will get to you as soon as possible.

Kit List
  • Bike that is in good working order
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather
  • Helmet is mandatory for all riders
  • Rear red lights are strongly recommended
  • Food and fluid for in between feed stations
  • Cash/card & mobile phone in case of emergencies

If you have any questions about the event or would like to get in touch with the event organiser then please follow the link below -

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the roads be closed for the Brecon Beacons Devil sportive?
No, roads will be open so please be sure to abide by the rules of the road at all times, and always remain alert to your surroundings.
Will the route of the Brecon Beacons Devil sportive be clearly marked?
Yes, the route will be clearly signposted with pink arrows on black backgrounds. If you have not seen a route arrow for more than 1km or you pass an unsigned turning, it is likely that you are off-course.
Will the Brecon Beacons Devil sportive be timed?
No, the event will not be timed and it is not a race. The event hopes to be an enjoyable day in the saddle for all participants.

Brecon Beacons Devil Sportive weather forecast

Light rain starting in the afternoon.

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Drover Cycles
Now in its fourth year, the Drover Cycles Sportive Series is a trio of road cycling challenges set in the glorious surroundings of Mid Wales and the Marches. We love running these events and it seems you like taking part too – we reckon it’s the combination of superb scenery and mountains of homemade cakes, among other things!



Brecon Beacons Devil Sportive reviews (5)

4.3 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the 114 km in 2019

    Great and challenging ride. Lots of climbs and very steep in places. Definitely recommend to other. Would have been nice for a medal or something at the end.
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    Did the 114 km in 2019

    My first sportive and a very enjoyable experience .Well organised in a fairly chilled way . Excellent route signage. Some very steep climbs on narrow single track roads . Nice relaxed and friendly volunteers at foodstops with tasty homemade snacks . Some quite broken up road surfaces so robust endurance type bike with 28 mm tyres advisable .
  • Did the 213 km in 2019

    Brilliant testing course good roads with excellent scenery. Nothing to comemerate the completion though medal or cert?
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    Derek Y

    Did the 213 km in 2019

    Completed this last year, came back with friends this year, was expecting a finishers medal like last year. Overall the event is a great day out with pleasant and helpful volunteers. The route is fantastic for a great challenge for those loving distance and spectacular hills with a view.
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    Andrew K

    Did the 213 km in 2019

    Challenging ride lots of hills. Great organisation and friendly staff and helpers were great 😀👍 long ride was hard lots of climbing
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