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Last Chance to Enter 'Wales in a Day' 2015 + News on Entries for 'C2C in a Day' 2016

by Nick Gregory

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Not content with the ultra-challenging 150 mile Coast to Coast in a Day sportive in June (rated by Cyclosport as one of the top 5 toughest events in the UK), the team at Open Cycling have introduced for 2015 the 190 mile Wales in a Day sportive, and just a few entries remain. 

Taking place on the final weekend in September, riders depart from inside Caernarfon Castle before heading up and over the Pass of Llanberis, down to Capel Curig and Betws-y-Coed to the first feed stop at Conway Falls. 

From there the route is directed across country along some amazing country lanes through Penmachno and onto Bala with more food at the Leisure Centre. From Bala riders follow the B4391 towards Lake Vyrnwy, a stunningly beautiful section of the ride. 

Keeping wherever possible to minor roads, the route winds its way to the next feed station at Tregynon Community Centre, followed by a quick downhill section on the A483 towards Llandrindod Wells. 



Here, once again, riders leave the main road and head towards Penybont and onto feed station 4 at the village hall in Hundred House. Next up is the iconic Gospel Pass after passing through Hay on Wye. 

After the descent of Gospel Pass it's onto Abergavenny and our final feed station at the Llanellen Village Hall before the final push of 22 miles into Chepstow and the finish at the Castle. 

Places for the inaugural edition are limited to 300, and just a handful of these remain. To sign up, visit and join the Open Cycling team on what is sure to be an amazing adventure. 

Another recent announcement from Open Cycling is the date when entries for Coast to Coast in a Day 2016 will open. 



Entries for this year's event (which takes place on the last weekend in June) sold out in a matter of days way back in July last year, so if you're keen to take part in 2016 make a note in your diary for midday on the 6 July 2015. 

Coast to Coast in a Day is a truly iconic 150 mile sportive taking riders from Seascale, on the east coast of England, to Whitby on the west coast. 

The ride follows a fully signed route taking in firstly some of the Lake District's toughest passes included Hardknott and Wrynose, through the Yorkshire Dales, across the flat Vale of York and finally the through Northern Valleys of the North York Moors, finishing by the sea in Whitby. An epic route usually tackled over a number of days. 

This year will be the fourth edition of the event and a short film is being commissioned to showcase the event for future riders, taking in the highs and lows, the pain and the elation at having achieved such an amazing challenge, and of course the fantastic scenery. 



Cyclosport's Nick Gregory completed the event last year, you can read his full review HERE: "Coast to Coast in a Day is truly unique event. It's not just a bike ride, it's an adventure in the old school sense, and there's something refreshing about the simplicity and toughness of the event. It does, in many ways, represent the essence of cycling: freedom and exploration, all set on the most beautiful of stages." 

"Chapaeu to James and his team of organisers for delivering an event that is as spectacular as it is tough, and as rewarding as it is unique... there aren't enough superlatives to do Coast to Coast in a Day justice; it's an epic challenge in every possible sense, and one that has to be conquered in order to be truly understood.

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