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Entries Open for Continental Welsh Wild West Sportive 2016

by Nick Gregory

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In 2016 Aberystwyth will once again celebrate its iconic festival of cycling on the second May bank holiday weekend, culminating in what has become the well-established and well-loved Continental Welsh Wild West Sportive. 

The event will offer four distances and cover many of the locations from the popular BBC crime drama 'Hinterland', which is filmed exclusively in the county of Ceredigion.  

Despite a huge demand for places, entry costs have been held at 2015 rates, and now include a discount for teams of three or more riders. 

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Sunday 29 May will be the final day of 'AberCycleFest', and with Aberystwyth's new bandstand due to open in the near future, next year's sportive will start and finish on the famous Victorian promenade. 

Riders can 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' (114 mile) or 'Mynach' (70 mile) rides, or perhaps fancy a more relaxing tour of Ceredigion on the 'Diafol' (41 mile) or 'Corrach' (26 mile) routes, you'll see some breathtaking coastal scenery and rural landscapes. 

All routes take in the views across the Dyfi estuary, looking north towards the Snowdonia range, whilst the three longer routes also climb the three miles towards the Nant y Moch reservoir. The longer routes then take in some of the most scenic and rural roads of Mid Wales, passing through the towns of Tregaron and Lampeter before heading back towards Aberystwyth for the finale. 

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Professional riders who've ridden the Welsh Wild West include Team Sky's Alex Peters, along with Dean Downing, Tom Stewart and Scott Davies, with 2016 pros due to be announced soon. 

Backed by Continental Tyres, the event will feature full tech support, four feed zones and an expo in the start / finish area, plus plentiful Welsh themed refreshments & goody bags for all finishers. 

AberCycleFest also includes a town centre criterium, a cliff-side urban downhill MTB race and many fringe events during the week of 23 - 29 May. 

Full route details and online entry can be found at www.abercyclefest.com.





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