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Epic 206-Mile Wales Coast to Coast Challenge to Return in July 2015

by Nick Gregory

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After a hugely successful debut in 2014, the Wales Coast to Coast challenge returns for 2015 in aid, once again, of Wales Air Ambulance. The date for your diaries is Saturday 18th July 2015, with the ride kicking off from The Gallery Theatre in Caernarfon before making its way down to Nantgaredig, in a 206 mile challenge that will leave you exhausted but exhilarated.

Cyclosport's Emma Osenton took on the inaugural challenge this year. Her review can be found HERE.

With 9,500 feet of climbing en route, this event is not for the feint hearted and represents a tough but achievable challenge for cyclists with a wide range of abilities.

Cost of entry is £250, however, if riders wish to raise funds for Wales Air Ambulance they only then have to pay a registration fee of £75 and then open a Just Giving page for the charity and pledge to raise £400.

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Entry includes a free event cycle jersey worth £65, breakfast, free hot meals en route, bag transfer, full service vehicles with High 5 products and other savoury goodies and free mechanical support from Cycle Tec of Builth Wells. There will also be a motorcycle escort and full service finish area with food, entertainment and camping available.

This is a premium bespoke event, with entry numbers limited to 150 to ensure the organisers can provide a personal service for one of the most extreme cycling challenges in the UK. Places are set to sell out fast, so early registration is strongly recommended.

The route has three distinct sections, with the first 85 miles involving the hardest climbs of the ride at Penmachno and the road out of Dolgellau.  This is a demanding section with some unclassified mountain roads and long sweeping B class mountain roads down to Bala.

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The second section from Mallwyd to Lampeter will also be challenging, especially as fatigue starts to crawl into the riders.  From Mallwyd there is approximately 20 miles of A class roads where riders can spin along easily. However, upon turning on to the unclassified road for Nant y moch riders will face a long climb of 7% average for several miles. Following this is a terrific road to enjoy to Devils Bridge and Aberystwyth before hitting the final section - homeward bound!  

This final section from Lampeter starts off with a significant climb for several miles and continues to provide a mixture of descent and climbing until riders reach Llandovery.  At this point many will be riding in the dark, however, the last 25 miles is on a wide flat A class road to finish with little prospect of navigational error.  

To find out more and register for the event, visit:  http://www.merlinsportive.co.uk/welsh-coast-2-coast/.





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