The Cambrian Coast Sportive takes in some of the UK's most spectacular countryside. Set entirely within the Snowdonia National Park, the routes follow the coast and beaches, climb the mountains, skirt around lakes and descend through forests, making this arguably the most scenic sportive ride in the country.
In this sparsely populated part of the country, well over half of each route is done on minor back roads with smooth tarmac and where cars are seldom seen allowing riders to happily ride side by side.
Highlights of the routes includes the spectacular Cregennan Lakes with its views over the Mawddach Estuary, the coastal road to Fairbourne (10km) right by the sea, the crossing of two estuary bridges and and the mighty Bwlch y Groes (aka Hellfire Pass) which is the highest piece of tarmac in Wales and features in Simon Warren's '100 Greatest Cycling Climbs'.
The routes are comprehensively marshalled and sign-posted with 3 feed-stations (4 on the Long route) and riders benefit from electronic chip timing.
Take time to explore the routes, view the photos and register online via our simple rider entry form. We look forward to welcoming you in September 2013.
The Cambrian Coast Sportive has three routes to suit all rider aspirations. All routes start in the picturesque village of Aberdovey in mid-Wales.
50km/31 miles – It is a lot less testing than the other routes with only a small amount of elevation, but is a good challenge for recreational riders and families and features the same spectacular scenery.
100km/62 miles – This route takes in the spectacular coast road from Aberdovey to Fairbourne, then crosses the Barmouth railway bridge and follows the far side of the estuary. From there, the route crosses the wooden bridge at Penmaenpool and ascends a steep climb up to Cregennan Lakes
163km/101 miles – The Long Route follows the standard route then heads over the Dinas Mawddwy Pass (367m) and then a long descent down to the turn off to Bwlch y Groes (Hellfire Pass). This climb is not that long but pretty steep, averaging 13.7% and with a hairpin at 25% and goes up to 554m in 2.5km – the highest tarmac road in Wales. A genuinely tough climb that featured in the Milk Race in the 80′s and makes it into Simon Warren’s ’100 Greatest Cycling Climbs. The descent off this climb is stunning and the route rolls down towards Bala Lake before climbing again into the mountains on the other side of the Valley in the Coed y Brenin forest.
- Choice of waymarked routes
- Feed stations
- Electronic timing
- Event photographers
- Changing facilities
- Mechanical support
- Marshalled route
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