Continental Welsh Wild West Sportive 2015
24/05/2015 - Aberystwyth, Ceredigion - Sportive
After the urban based Cycle Festival events of Friday and Saturday, it's time to get out into the countryside and relax on Sunday 24th May. Explore the challenging local terrain on one of four routes which provide something for everyone. Whether you're an experienced cyclist looking to take on the challenging 'Cawr' or 'Mynach' rides, or perhaps fancy a more relaxing tour of Ceredigion on either the 'Diafol' or 'Corach' rides, you'll be sure of one thing - one of the most spectacular rides in Great Britain!
Riders on the 2015 Continental Welsh Wild West sportive will have the added choice of trying our new route, the Diafol (Devil), created by popular demand for a 40 mile route to fill the gap between the 28 mile Corrach and the 70 mile Mynach.
Enjoy our scrumptious feed stations where we ensure a 'Welsh experience' with foods like Bara Brith & Welsh Cakes along with tunes from Tom Jones, Dafydd Iwan and the Stereophonics amongst others. We'll even teach you some Welsh words. The Welsh name for cake? Cacen!
The event takes place entirely within the county limits of Ceredigion in Mid Wales.
Picture courtesy of Douglas Law
Both the 70 mile Mynach (Monk) and 114 mile Cawr (Giant) routes will summit the 'Arch', last used in a professional bike race at the 1989 professional Tour of Wales as a King of the Mountain (KoM) point on the B4574 road.
Built by Thomas Johnes of Hafod in 1810 to mark the Golden Jubilee of George III, the old masonry arch spans the road at mile 35 of the sportive routes and marks the spot for a new KoM for the event and also marks the second feed of the day at the Forestry Centre car park, an immediate left after cresting the summit at 1312 feet and climbing at an average gradient of 6%.
Riders will be given a time split for riding 'Up the Arch' as part of their overall result, with spot prizes on offer.
The Diafol, Mynach and Cawr routes also tackle the infamous 'Nant y Moch' climb early on in the sportive, a 3 ½ mile ascent of unclassified roads with only sheep & cattle grids for company.
The longer Cawr route eventually peels away south, via Tregaron, Lampeter and Talsarn where the infamous 'Tychrug' climb is tackled, a 2.3 miler which climbs to 1,104 feet.
The final sting in the tail is again a steady 3.2 miler at Llanfihangel y Creuddyn. The 4.9% climb up to 848 feet will tell on rider's legs which will already have 84 miles in them by this time.
The event is fully supported by sponsors Continental Tyres. Four service vehicles plus two branded BMW motorbikes will be provided for a quick response to any riders with technical issues. All turns & junctions are marshalled and three feed stations will provide the necessary energy drinks and gels.
The Welsh Wild West Sportive cycle ride took in some stunning Ceredigion coastal scenery
Timing is provided by HS Sports and the event is fully sanctioned by British Cycling and online entry is provided on their website via this link.