We’ve been out in the great Welsh countryside putting out the Sportive route today – in the sunshine!! I rode the SHort again this year and it’s a great ride with scenic start over some high moorland. A fantastic descent brings you to the Long and then Short splits. Carrying along the Short you reach the White Hart Inn at Talybont on Usk and the drink station ( It’s the same as the Medium and second one on the Long). I’ve know Owen, the landlord, for many years and they are really cycling friendly and if it’s cold might have the fire going, so if you fancy a pint pop in ( Please do not eat your/our food inside) They also have a 20 room bunk hut over the pub, if you are interested ask for a look around White Hart Website A sprint down the Talybont valley brings you to the last major climb, starting at the 20% sign. Keep going until the last struggle around a left hand bend and some breath, enjoy the view and then enjoy the descent. The final few miles bring you back to Tredegar and some refreshments at the centre.
We are putting out the MTB tomorrow so I can’t give current conditions but it’s a real mountain setting with loads of views, some decent descents and some singletrack around the park to finish with. The distances are up a bit, but there is quite a long road section to start with to get you some elevation. I will post GPX files tomorrow night.
PLEASE BRING YOUR HELMET TO REGISTRATION. You will not be able to register without it and you’ll have to go back to your car to retrieve it.
Please use the OVERFLOW parking spaces on the right as you turn into the park then walk or ride to the visitor centre. Follow the marshals instructions.
At the visitor centre follow the signs from the parking area and use the entrance on the left to register. When you are ready to ride go to the marquee to the left of the centre.
The centre has it’s own Café which should be open in the morning and definitely after the ride. They serve nice food at reasonable prices so tuck in.
There will be toilets in the building along with showers
Before I go any further I would like to point out that THIS IS NOT A RACE. You will not be given a rank and all times will be displayed in a non-sortable format in rider number order. Please help us to continue running a popular friendly event by not riding in such a way to obstruct the road and upset other users. Stop at junctions and traffic lights, and obey the highway code. Do not ride at silly speeds around blind bends or on steep descents. We do not insure you for your actions so if you do hit a car or pedestrian YOU will be responsible for any damages caused by your riding.
I expect there to be a some walkers around so please be courteous to them all, remember they want to enjoy the countryside too and not get constantly buzzed by bikers!!
Horses If you meet ANY horses on the trails and you are approaching from behind please call out “Hello” some distance back to indicate you are approaching. Wait for the rider to acknowledge you and pass slow and wide. If you are asked to wait or it’s obviously not safe to do so, please wait until you are told it’s ok to pass. Please also be aware that there might be horses coming up the trail and keep your speed under control. This way we can all enjoy the sunshine and countryside. Remember, if you spook the horse it might hurt you or other people and you are responsible for you actions and the consequences!!
Please also close all gates you might come across.
Short – 19miles elevation 2000ft, drink station 9.5miles
Medium – 25miles, elevation 3300ft, Drink stations at 11 and 15miles
Long – 33miles, elevation 4300ft, Drink stations at 15 and 22miles
Enjoy this great ride in the countryside. The roads are in ok condition but, like the rest of the country, they are prone to pot holes. Please keep your eye out for them and if you are travelling in a group, please shout out warnings to those behind. We also use small lanes, so keep your speed down and be aware that there might be cars around that bend. On larger roads please keep to single file unless it’s safe to do so.
Distances are approx.
Short -32miles Elevation 4000ft
Medium -49miles Elevation 5400ft
Long -76miles Elevation 7800ft
Drink stations are approximately at:-
Short, – 15miles
Medium - 30 miles
Long – 29 and 57miles
Long loop cut off - 11am (10 miles in)
Event centre closes at 5pm – Gate will be locked.
This is not a race!!
Please obey the highway code, stop at junctions and only ride two abreast where it is safe to do so – not on main roads or winding country lanes where cars travelling at speed will not be able to see you and stop!!!! If you cause and accident, you are responsible for the consequences and any costs. Horses. If there are any horses on the road, please slow down and shout out “Hello” with good warning – then wait until you are told it is safe to pass.
YOU’LL RECEIVE A HARD COPY OF THE MAPS AT REGISTRATION.
Everyone who has pre-entered will receive a pre-event mail on Thursday afternoon around 6pm that has links to the GPX files and a guide to show you have to view them interactively. If you have not received this by 7pm tonight please check you junk folder, old accounts, your partners email if they booked and make sure you check the address you booked with! These are all common causes for not getting the mail. If you still don’t have them then email me on firstname.lastname@example.org I’ll check your entry and send you a copy. I have to change the MTB routes so there will be a delay in getting these produced, they should be available tomorrow.
See you all there!