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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:


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