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Continental Tyres Welsh Wild West Sportive

28/05/2017 - Aberystwyth, Ceredigion - Sportive

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Previous Years Rating: 94.2% based on 20 reviews

Previous Years Event Ratings

Rated Event: 100.000%

HamzaPoo wrote:

Excellent event in every way - but perhaps an elite ride of 130 miles with more steep climbs?

Rated Event: 81.111%

Nick Edwards wrote:

Talybont food stop was good. Sausage rolls and bara brith and energy gels. The Devils bridge one was poor. A bunch of bananas,a packet of biscuits and water. At the finish I understood that we would have a choice of cawl or pasta. There was no cawl.
Also I didn't get a goodie bag as they had ran out. They have promised to send me one.
Apart from that I really did enjoy my ride! Just hope I get my goodie bag 😀

Rated Event: 88.889%

TreforGlynnJones wrote:

Having ridden many Sportives in both the UK, South Africa ( 94.7 + Cape Argus) France (Etape) and Spain this must be the most under rated Sportive in the UK Calendar. The organisation was first class , the signage was large so easily seen, whilst the food stops were well stocked. The course itself made me wonder how Yorkshire men can ever claim their county is God's own Country when the Welsh scenery - mountains and wooded valleys - superbly outstanding.

Rated Event: 98.889%


A fantastic event held on quiet roads with exceptional scenery. This event is also not oversubscribed like many others which adds to the remoteness of the route and the feeling of space. Excellent use was also made of Aberystwyth's new bandstand facility on the promenade which made for an ideal venue as the event HQ. My only criticism was that for those that chose to change to the shorter routes mid ride, their actual ridden route wasn't captured by the timing system, so it was impossible to work out who had ridden which route. This made the results confusing for those of us who like to compare our times against others on the same route.

Rated Event: 100.000%

lukemcmullin wrote:

Incredible Sportive, not even the bad weather of 2015 put us off applying this year. The volunteers were all amazing, the feed stations were great and everyone had a smile on their face and really spurred you on. Such a good selection of food at feed stations from welsh cakes and bara brith to sausage rolls. The ride had everything from long climbs and magnificent scenery to rolling flat sections. I would highly recommend to anyone.

Rated Event: 98.889%

edwynwilliams wrote:

excellent sportive - wel arranged and superb route

Rated Event: 94.444%

StuThomas wrote:

Fantastic sportive best I've done

Rated Event: 88.889%

TimStrang wrote:

Excellent event in every way - but perhaps an elite ride of 130 miles with more steep climbs?

Rated Event: 96.667%

MatthewBoazman wrote:

Fantastic course with varied terrain and something to challenge every riding style and preference. Beautiful scenery and traffic free roads - will definitely be back.

Rated Event: 98.889%

GarethDavies1 wrote:

Enjoyable, Well run event.

Rated Event: 86.667%

AWildRover wrote:

I did the medium route (the Mynach). This is a challenging course out and back from Aberystwyth into the hills of mid-Wales, which is such a beautiful, often spectacular and tranquil place (the recent S4C/BBC4 police series 'Hinterland' showed how beautiful it is). The quiet roads are such a relief for those of us who have to contend with the busy roads and intolerant drivers of the south-east of England. Aberystwyth is a great place to spend some time, and the weekend of the sportive is part of the Cycle Fest, a weekend of activities including a pro town centre race. The sportive was very well organised with a really friendly atmosphere, especially at race HQ. We had spectators clapping and yelling their support at various points along the route. Well done to everyone involved in organising the sportive, especially the members of Ystwyth CC. I'll certainly be back, hopefully this time to do the long course.

Rated Event: 98.889%

MichaelField wrote:

Brilliant Sportive, feed station at about 85 miles would've been better than 65 miles, but all in all a fab day out.

Rated Event: 81.111%

miles wrote:

Great event - very friendly marshalls - volunteers on food station oe fantastic laugh.

Rated Event: 85.556%

StevenHiggins wrote:

Good event, great route and well organised.

Rated Event: 96.667%

dafyddrichards wrote:

Well run event

Rated Event: 96.667%

EdwardWebb wrote:

Extremely Well organised. Everyone was enthusiastic. The marshals were very supportive. Great friendly atmosphere. A seamless, well organised and great event

Rated Event: 96.667%

Ash Miller wrote:

A brilliant ride. Great course, quite challenging (70 miles). Good to see marshalls at main junctions / route direction. Looking forward to next year already!

Rated Event: 98.889%

gozarch wrote:

An excellent and very tough event - I did Y Cawr, the long route, which I measured at 106 miles. Much harder than the 4 rating it is given here - I measured it at just under 2,900m of climbing (I'd give it an 8 or 9 on the scale that's applied to the events here). The hardest Sportive I've done in the UK. Very well organised, especially in its first year, with good feed stops, showers and a welcome hot meal at the end. Very well chosen route, showing off the best of the wild, remote and relatively overlooked county of Ceredigion. It takes in beautiful coastline views, Alpinesque mountain ascents and wild moorlands. The middle route (Y Mynach) took in the best of the same route as well, and those I know who rode that enjoyed this as much. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone - I did it as part of my preparation for l'Etape du Tour, and it was perfect in getting me ready for that.

Rated Event: 100.000%

DomBrown wrote:

I have no doubt that people will be talking of this event for weeks to come and what a great event it was to. So many events these days seem to go out of their way to find the steepest nastiest climbs they can get their hands on to throw at the riders. Why this is, I couldn't say as most riders are quite able to find these kind of hills themselves if that's what they are looking for. However this event offered a surprisingly diverse route, from seaside scenic cruising to alpine style climbing in the mountains this event had it all. Through careful planning the organisers have hit on a perfect route that both challenged the riders but rewarded them with fantastic scenic riding but at the same time skilfully offering a realistic challenge for the riders that was as tough as the rider made it for themselves.
A big thanks to all the volunteers / marshals etc. for doing an outstanding job and being so friendly and welcoming, you were truly the icing on the cake. Many thanks

Rated Event: 96.667%

Bakers wrote:

A brilliantly organised event. Lots of marhsalls lining the course who were all very friendly. The food stop was well stocked with energy drink, gels, flapjacks/cakes and helpful marshalls. The scenic route was one of the best I've done. Quiet roads but all in very good condition surface wise. Ample signs and very well organised for such a small event which will hopefully grow. I did the middle distance event at 65 miles. Lots of good climbs and descents as you'd expect in Wales. Will be back next year.

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