Saturday 14th September 2013
The Cambrian Coast Sportive takes in some of the UK’s most spectacular countryside. Set entirely within the Snowdonia National Park, the routes follow the coast and beaches, climb the mountains, skirt around lakes and descend through forests, making this arguably the most scenic sportive ride in the country.
A choice of 3 routes all starting in the picturesque village of Aberdovey in mid Wales –
- 50km/31 miles – It is a lot less testing than the other routes with only a small amount of elevation, but is a good challenge for recreational riders and families and features the same spectacular scenery.
- 100km/62 miles – This route takes in the spectacular coast road from Aberdovey to Fairbourne, then crosses the Barmouth railway bridge and follows the far side of the estuary. From there, the route crosses the wooden bridge at Penmaenpool and ascends a steep climb up to Cregennan Lakes
- 163km/101 miles – The Long Route follows the standard route then heads over the Dinas Mawddwy Pass (367m) and then a long descent down to the turn off to Bwlch y Groes (Hellfire Pass). This climb is not that long but pretty steep, averaging 13.7% and with a hairpin at 25% and goes up to 554m in 2.5km – the highest tarmac road in Wales. A genuinely tough climb that featured in the Milk Race in the 80’s and makes it into Simon Warren’s ‘100 Greatest Cycling Climbs. The descent off this climb is stunning and the route rolls down towards Bala Lake before climbing again into the mountains on the other side of the Valley in the Coed y Brenin forest.
- Choice of waymarked routes
- Feed stations
- Electronic timing
- Event photographers
- Changing facilities
- Mechanical support
- Marshalled route
Website entry – Yes (entry webpage)
- The Standard Route – £25
- The Long Route – £28
- The Fun Route – £15