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Quiet Roads, Big Hills and Epic Scenery - the Bala Devil Awaits

by Nick Gregory

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Quiet roads, big hills and epic scenery - the Bala Devil is just around the corner, and promises to be the toughest of tests in the stunning Snowdonia National Park. The Bala Devil is quickly becoming a classic sportive for those wanting to challenge themselves to the extreme. 

With two routes to choose from, the sportive kicks off from the picturesque and friendly town of Bala. Well known for its lake and wide choice of local attractions, Bala is the ideal setting for riders' families and friends to spend a few hours relaxing whilst participants take on the very best of Snowdonia's roads. 

The 78 mile route will take in the well-known climbs of Waen y Bala, Pant yr Afon-Gam, Moel Goedag and, perhaps most notably, Hellfire Pass. This results in a total of 3158m of ascent. 



The longer 100 mile route steps the challenge up to another level again, with the additions of Ffynan Eiddan and the challenging Cat 3 Crimea Pass. The result is a mind-blowing 4083m of climbing. This is most definitely not a course for the faint hearted, and offers a true challenge of endurance and climbing prowess. 

The rides are non-competitive, but electronically timed, with well-stocked feed stations en-route courtesy of The Drover's Rest Restaurant with home-made flapjacks, Welsh cakes and savoury options, as well as sports nutrition products from High 5. 

Registration is £25 for both distances, with limited on the day entries available for £35. 

Full details of this and the other events run by Red Kite can be found at