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Can You Conquer The Iron Mountain? Find Out at the Abergavenny Festival of Cycling this August

by Nick Gregory

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With five routes covering varying terrains and distances, cyclists of all ages and abilities will find something to enjoy at The Iron Mountain Sportif on 8 August 2015, part of the award-winning Abergavenny Festival of Cycling.

A new 50 mile event has been added to the Abergavenny Sportives, the Iron Mountain 50, which will tackle the climb shortly after the start. In the past, the Iron Mountain (Tumble climb) has only been reserved for riders taking on the 100 mile event.

However, with the Tumble out of the way, riders on the new route can relax, safe in the knowledge that they have conquered the hardest climb and that the rest of the Brecon Beacons/ Black Mountains will be a piece of cake.



After the success of the 2014 Women's Championship Sportive the organisers have also decided to run a women-only ride over a similar course to last year. The full list of route options is as follows:

Iron Mountain 100 - (the original Tumble Mountain sportive) with the infamous climb coming at half distance on the 100 mile/160km route.

The Monmouthshire 50 - the eighth year for this route of 50 miles/80km through the villages and undulating roads of North Monmouthshire.

The Iron Mountain 50 - new for this year, a 50mile/80km route including the infamous Tumble climb.


Women-Only Ride - 40 mile/65km route, similar but less demanding than the 2014 Women's Championship sportive course.

Leisure Ride - 20 miles/31km of easy riding on fairly flat roads in the Usk Valley.

Across the routes there will be five feed stations with toilet facilities, support vehicles, medical motorbikes, a broom wagon and the Wales National Escort Group as used in the Grand Prix of Wales Road Race, all making for a special and safe experience at one of Wales's premier cycling events.

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