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New AE 100mile route preview

Preview to the new route - food stops and all 6 big climbs (including Strava links).

Flattish roads to Bucknell then quiet lanes through Chapel Lawn bring you to the first climb just outside Clun (mile 12) - 300ft gained at 7% ave. grade - Strava link 

(You don't need to log into Strava to view the climb details)

Big, fast descent into Clun and then left to follow the valley all the way up to the Anchor.

First food stop is at Kerry (mile 28) then over to Newtown and out. 


Kerry Food Stop

 Look out for an abrupt right turn in Trefeglwys and then the 2nd significant climb of the day - 500ft gained, 10% ave. grade - Strava link - gets you to the 2nd food stop at Staylittle.

 

Easily missed right turn - mile 43

 

2nd big climb - mile 46

Staylittle food stop

 

Big loop of the reservoir including 2 more big climbs - climb 3 is 300ft gained at 13% ave. grade (Strava Link) and climb 4 is 200ft at 6% (Strava Link)

 

1st serious lakeside climb - mile 54.5

Then take a fast drop to Llanidloes for a tricky right turn, behind the market hall.

 

Llanidloes turn - go around the market house and then right at the white building

 Further prolonged climbing outside Llanidloes brings you around via a steep descent to Llangurig.  Quiet lanes follow the river then cross it for a short piece of downhill main road and a left turn into a nature reserve for climb 5 - 200ft gained at 1.5% (but steeper bits) - Strava link

 

Nature reserve climb - mile 73

 
3rd food stop - mile 76

This brings you out at the 3rd food stop at ---- and then its the return via the Llanbister climb - 6th and final climb - 330ft gained at 9% ave.grade - Strava link - and moorland roads back to Knighton.

 

Llanbister climb - mile 85.5

 

Ride Clwyd 100 Long route preview

 


 We start from a new HQ - just 100ft from the old one, on the same slip road outside the Airbus factory in Broughton.  Lots of car parking is available opposite:


 

This year we go left out of the slip road (at the traffic lights) and have a great flat ride for the first 5 miles:

 

Small rises from Hope onwards start to develop into proper hills:


 

1st food stop comes at mile 18 - it's slightly off route so don't ride past thinking you're getting ahead.  Once you've had food you need to turn back to regain the route:


Next it's around to the Panorama Walk but watch out for the route split - 100s drop left halfway around  - descending down a twisting road to a steep set of roads into Llangollen:


 
Here's the split - on the day there'll be lots of signs:



Get through Llangollen and prepare for Gwernant - your first big challenge - very tough and long:



 Once over that you're got a steep descent to Glyn Ceriog (please note this descent is currently being mended by the Council) and then a great rural road with the odd rise all the way around to the 2nd food stop:


 

2nd food stop is also off route so remember to go back, and prepare for the longest, highest but not very steep climb on the course:


Llangynog climb comes right after the food stop and has 1,000ft of ascent.  Once completed you go right and start heading around to Corwen:

 

Through Corwern and on to quiet lanes brings you to The Grim - your 2nd really significant challenge of the day - steep and long:




It brings you out, eventually, on to high moors for a remote ride over towards the 3rd and final food stop:

 

3rd food stop - again off route so remember the go back the way you came.  Fuel up as it's Penbarra next:


 

Penbarra - biggest challenge on the whole course - very long - make sure to reserve plenty of energy for this one and don't go too hard at the beginning:


 

After that there's no further challenges.  You'll be mostly on quiet back roads all the way around Mold:


 Stats and Maps at www.rideclwyd.co.uk
 
 
 

 






Ride Clwyd 45 Short route preview



 

 

We start from a new HQ - just 100ft from the old one, on the same slip road outside the Airbus factory in Broughton.  Lots of car parking is available opposite:


 

This year we go left out of the slip road (at the traffic lights) and have a great flat ride for the first 5 miles:



Watch out for the route split at these traffic lights - 45s slide right whilst 65s and 100s go straight on.  Lots of signs will be out on the day:


 

Straight after the split there are several rises and then quiet country roads towards Ruthin:

 

Descend down to the only food stop - which is off-course so remember to go back to regain the route:


 

Penbarra - biggest challenge on the whole course - very long - make sure to reserve plenty of energy for this one and don't go too hard at the beginning:


After that there's no further challenges.  You'll be mostly on quiet back roads all the way around Mold:


 

Stats and Maps at www.rideclwyd.co.uk