The big climbs on the new 100 mile Ride Clwyd

Gwernant - mile 27
Gwernant (800ft gained - Strava link) - first serious climb on the 100.  Just outside Llangollen, very long and steep.

Descent to Glyn Ceiriog - mile 29.5
Watch out for the tricky descent soon after the first climb - some distressed tarmac to begin, then a steep 25% drop to the village.

Climb out of Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog - mile 36
An intermediate climb out of Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog keeps things ticking over...

After Llangynog - mile 46
 After Llangynog there's the longest climb on the route - not steep but 4 miles long (1,000ft gained - Strava link)

Maes y Glyn - mile 69
Maes y Glyn - new climb added at end of the route planning - a better way up onto the high moors near Moel Morfydd summit (500ft gained - Strava link)- better photos to follow.

Penbarra - mile 83
Climb Penbarra - 1.5miles long and 800ft gained (Strava link) - No. 88 in  Simon Warren's 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs.  Very steep up to the daunting hairpin turn and then a long further climb after.

Maps, stats and GPX downloads all at www.rideclwyd.co.uk

That's it.  We recommend that you have a go at some of these climbs prior to the big day (May 24th) - send in your photos and stories of how you do - email Rideventures

Shortive - the Idea

Stretton Shortive logo
Rideventures has helped organise a running race for a couple of years.  It starts at 10.30am but all the runners warm up first (off the course) and then when they get going its immediately intense.  The whole event is over by 12.30pm.

So we thought "Why not do that for cyclists?"

Lets make it short so people can do it in the morning and then get on with their Sunday.  Lets tell them to warm up before the start.  Lets make it super-intense - so they don't miss out on all the usual sportive "pleasure".

Somebody said, "Call it a Shortive" so we did.

When we started talking to people the response was great.  Loads of people really like the idea of it being over quickly - you can do it and still do other things on the Sunday.  One comment was about how a regular sportive can get boring by the afternoon as you slog around completing the miles.  Others just love the hills...

Our first go is in Church Stretton this April.

We added in an extra wrinkle - bail outs.  Because the Stretton course is a multiple figure of 8 cyclists will keep coming back to near the Start/Finish line as they go around.  This means they can bail out and finish early if they've had enough - we'll have signs asking "Had Enough?" and showing them how to take the easy way back.