Sunday 20th August
83, 114 or 203 km
Start / Finish in Hay on Wye (HR35EH) – Drover Cycles car park
Entry fee £27 (on the day £35)
Online entries close on Saturday 19th August @ 11.00pm
The 2017 event offers three stunning cycling routes taking in the best of the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Radnorshire Hills. Leaving Hay on Wye on a twisting mountain road, the route climbs steadily into the Black Mountains. Panoramic views of the Wye Valley unfold to your right and nothing more than sheep and skylarks will disturb the peace and quiet as you continue climbing to reach Gospel Pass, Wales’ highest road. Having topped out at 549 metres, enjoy the long descent through the wooded Vale of Ewyas passing Capel y Ffin and Llanthony Priory. This is simply some of the best scenery you can enjoy from the saddle anywhere in the UK! Back in the valley the route heads West to Crickhowell and across the River Usk. Long route riders now tackle the second climbing challenge of the day, The Tumble, as featured in the 100 Greatest cycling climbs list not to mention the Tour of Britain. A swooping descent via Brynmawr and Beaufort brings you back to river level in Llangynidr, where riders re-join the short / medium route for an easy pedal parallel to the Brecon and Monmouth Canal to the pretty village of Talybont on Usk, site of our first feed station.
The route splits on the outskirts of Brecon, this year we’re avoiding the town centre altogether, to keep the already rural route even more car-free! Long route riders have a hilly section in store across to the beautiful Usk Reservoir and the second feed station in Myddfai on the far western edge of the National Park – expect empty roads, lovely views and red kites circling overhead. Roll down to Llandovery before a steady, gradual climb takes you back onto country lanes and a section of Sustrans National Cycle Route. At Builth Wells you cross the River Wye and enjoy a blast along the B-road which follows the river southwards to the tiny village of Aberedw. Here feed station number three awaits and you re-join medium distance riders who have cut a path north from Brecon over lovely sheep-scattered moorland and the atmospheric Brechfa Pool. Now there’s one final test of the legs as you toil up the Edw valley and rumble over the cattle grids by Rhulen, with it’s tiny white-washed church. This is a climb that seems to go on and on but the reward is a big one. You’ll feel on top of the world as you top out on Llanbedr Hill with the entire mountain range you’ve just conquered spread out before you. An unfenced moorland road winds through heather, bracken and pasture before you plunge down through Painscastle and Clyro to the welcoming sight of a “Welcome to Hay on Wye” road sign.
The long route is an epic day out in the saddle but don’t think the medium route is a walk in the park! With over 2000m of climbing and 100km+ of pedalling, it’s still an escellent challenge. Our short route is a great choice if you are short of time, new to sportives or looking to push the pace over a shorter distance. Don’t forget this route still includes the classic climb over Gospel Pass! Short route riders stock to the Medium route after the first feed station but then branch off in Talgarth and follow a quiet, undulating back road on the return leg to Hay.
All routes are signposted with our easy-to-spot fluorescent pink arrows which seem to go down well with our sportive riders with comments including “spot on signage we never missed a turn” and “perfect for me, didn’t miss a beat all day”.
We have well-stocked feed stations run by our friendly team where you can fill up on sweet and savoury snacks, energy food and a range of hot and cold drinks. We have dairy free and gluten free options and, if you let us know you dietary requirements in advance, we will be happy to cater for particular diets, allergies or intolerances. You’ll also get mechanical and first aid support at the feed stations.
Please get in touch by calling 01497 822419 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions. Check out the route maps below including our brand NEW LONG ROUTE
Route Maps can be found here.
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 203km route has a total of 3631 vertical metres of climbing
We will have one food stop for the short route, two for the medium route, and three for the long route. All feed stations will be in village halls with toilets, mechanical assistance and route maps on hand. There will also be water stops along the route at intermediate points (i.e. in between the feed stations).
Please note that minor changes to the route may be necessary so please check back closer to the time. Rider briefings will be available 14 days before the event and the briefing will be updated for the final time 24-48 hours before the event.