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The Bala Devil

31/05/2015 - Bala, Snowdonia - Sportive

Rating: 51.1% based on 1 review - Rate this Event Now
Previous Years Rating: 94.3% based on 19 reviews

This Years Event Ratings

Rated Event: 51.111%

RupertTildesley wrote:

This event takes place in a fantastic place, the roads are good and cover some amazing countryside which I know quite well. For that reason I really enjoyed the ride. However, there was a distinct lack of 'event' at this sportive. Timing was done by reporting to someone with a computer in the back of a car when you left and when you returned, there was no start/finish line, no marshals on the course, no spectators (even at the finish) and there were so few riders (around 50 on the sheet), that there was barely anyone to talk to or say hello to on the way round. I could have saved myself £30 and ridden the route on my own and the experience would have been the same. For that reason I would not travel to do this one again. If you want to experience the great countryside in this area, just pick a nice day and go and ride it.


Previous Years Event Ratings

Rated Event: 100.000%

MissionTree wrote:

My first ever long ride on my road bike, thoroughly enjoyed the route, wished there could have been another feed station round mile 40 ish as didn't realise how tired you get riding for such long stretches of time. https://lidarlosangeles.com/


Rated Event: 100.000%

PaulLowe wrote:

Great event, a very challenging course through some great countryside on good roads with little traffic. I experienced no problems with signage which is unusual for me as I normally get a bit lost somewhere (Though I do live locally to the start so that helped). Plenty of food / water / energy powder available at feed stops. Red Kite team were very friendly and helpful. Emergency card with phone number handed out at start. Overall a very well organised event


Rated Event: 87.778%

Stuart Wilkinson wrote:

See full review.


Rated Event: 88.889%

JohnCooke wrote:

What a fantastic ride - exceptional scenery, with some incredible climbs! It was tough but the scenery more than made up for it - a trip to the seaside and a trip to the mountains and lakes. The route has to be a classic! Very friendly staff and riders.


Rated Event: 100.000%

BrynDavies wrote:

What a great event, probably the best sportive done to date, fantastic route, both scenic and challenging. The route marking was excellent, never a doubt as to which direction to take. food stations were excellent, plenty of variate and friendly service and toilet facilities available. Another great event by Neil and his team. The new chip timing system worked perfectly with times available straight away and posted in good time. Would definitely recommend doing it and I hope to do so again.


Rated Event: 97.778%

AndyMyers wrote:

A very well organised and professional event with first class facilities.Stunning route, great roads and some very tough climbs...!
The food at the feed stations was very nice, home cooked and tasty.
Hats off to Red Kite who even provided great weather :-)


Rated Event: 81.111%

wrote:

Lovely area with some great roads - food stops were excellent with great variety of treats.


Rated Event: 95.556%

AledWilliams1 wrote:

This is probably the toughest event that I have done. I live in the area and therefore know most of the route but the organisers managed to sneak in a couple of excellent climbs that I had not done before.

Feed stations were excellent and good signage and friendly organisers.


Rated Event: 95.556%

Pete Watts wrote:

This was a brilliant event, great start/finish location with good facilities, exceptional feed stations, with real food and the some of the finest carrot cake I've ever eaten, and well placed clear signage made the route easy to follow. The real star of the show was Snowdonia, and this fantastic route takes you through some breathtaking scenary. I'll definately be doing this event again and would recomend it to any one who loves a real challenge.


Rated Event: 95.556%

LlionOCallaghan wrote:

Probably the best route I've ridden, very scenic from mountains to Coast , valleys and lakes. A challenging route , some difficult climbs but worth the effort.


Rated Event: 98.889%

RomanMatusiak wrote:

Excellent event,well organised, stunning route with serious climbing.
A must do.


Rated Event: 93.333%

RobertvanElst wrote:

Very well organised, friendly people, good value. Exceptional route with mostly smooth roads, and every type of beautiful scenery imaginable: hills, mountains, villages, fields, lakes, see, woods. Toughest but most enjoyable sportive I have ever done.


Rated Event: 96.667%

mcox wrote:

What an event - truly epic. 100 miles of some of the toughest climbs I could imagine. Anyone who rode all of those climbs deserves total respect.

The feed stops on Red Kite Events are second to none - supplied by The Drovers Rest and delivered fresh to the feed stops, homemade cake, quiche, etc plus High 5 products. They even had spare tyres and tubes not the feed stops if needed!!

I agree with the previous comment - some of the more established organisers really need to up they game. Red Kite Events have seriously up'ed they game this year.

I would recommend any Red Kite Sportive, I have heard from friends that the MTB events are a real must do.

Thanks to the Red Kite Events team for the wrecked body today!


Rated Event: 94.444%

ColinDown wrote:

The Bala Devil was a fantastic event. The route was superb and stunningly beautiful. The food stops were great with proper food as well as energy products. Signage on the day was excellent and the pre-ride GPX log was very useful. The organisers were friendly and informative. I would highly recommend this event and look forward to doing it again.


Rated Event: 95.556%

MartinWilliams1 wrote:

Well organised. Particularly good signage. It would have been nice if the leisure centre had been open later but that was out of the control of the organisers (perhaps I should have finished sooner !)

Well done with the weather


Rated Event: 96.667%

Philip Morgan wrote:

Well run event. Excellent signage which had been checked in the early morning. Good food stops. Bala Leisure Centre is an excellent base as you can shower afterwards.


Rated Event: 85.556%

Wittak wrote:

Very well organised ride. Puts some of the larger, more established organisers to shame - Kilo to Go's recent Cheshire Cat is a classic example.

Food stations well stocked; signage clear and frequent; excellent route. Definitely doing this again next year.


Rated Event: 93.333%

RichieC71 wrote:

Excellent event


Rated Event: 95.556%

midwales wrote:

What an event - the toughest route I have ever done, great route, well marked, awesome scenery. Organisation spot on. Red Kite Events really on on top of the game when it comes to events.

Looking forward to this one in 2015!





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