VC Melyd Sunday 26th April 2015 – 106 mile 9500ft climbed

VC Melyd Sunday 26th April 2015 – 106 mile 9500ft climbed

106 miles 9500ft climbing and STRAVA route – this is not a short walk in the park.

As road bike routes in Snowdonia go – this heads out over two highland areas proper, and comes back via some large lumps. Starting and finishing at Saints Gym Meliden and passing through Ruddlan there and back.

Heading out from Prestatyn Through Rhuddlan, Bodelwyddan, Engine Hill then cutting left to follow the river valley before the drop into Llanfair TH.

Climbing up out of there to Llansanan and across to the two lakes before joining the A540 across the moors to Pentrefoelas.

Turning at the Chocolate Shop and ascending over to Ysbty Ifan on the B4407 toward but not going as far as Ffestiniog. Heading back towards Llyn Celyn / Afon Tryweryn and on towards Bala.

Climbing out of Bala to Cerrigydrudion and taking the B5105 out through Llafihangel on towards Ruthin – through and up the Clywd Gate, Cilcain, and then back over Moel Arthur, Llandyrnog, onto the 9 course, and along to Blue Hand before staying on the road back to Trefnant, and back along the waen and the rugby club road.

This is a *very big* day out.

Weather at this point looks to be moist.

A fantastic warm up for those with the Fred Whitton Challenge looming.

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VCM Sunday 19th April 2015 – Away Day – Llŷn Peninsula

VCM Sunday 19th April 2015 – Away Day – Llŷn Peninsula

This route is provided by the locals – BC Dwyfor, and taking in a circular route of the Llŷn Peninsular starting and finishing from Efailneweydd Sports Club just outside of Pwllheli . As Lleyn peninsula cycle routes go – this pretty much has it all.

The first harsh climb of the day is at Rhi, and then Mynydd Mawr at 24 miles for a great view of  Bardsey Island / Ynys Enlli .

The route was dubbed as a “Delightfully Scenic Undulating [insert own choice word here]” by a number of riders who had ridden / reviewed the route previously. There are a lot of short steep climbs – and equally what appear to be a tonne of climbs with faux summits where we find ourselves expecting a hill top stop to find getting there reveals… another stretch of climb …repeatedly. Character building stuff. This is more than made up for by the stunning scenery.

For the more hill shy there last ten plus miles are pretty much flat – meaning fun for all to the finish heading into Pwllheli and out the other side.

A great ride on a route planned by locals… what more can you ask for.

67 miles 6,500ft climbing – Strava Route

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VCM Sunday 12/04/2015 Longer / Hilly

VCM Sunday 12/04/2015 Longer / Hilly

This route put together by Darren this week. Heading out towards the West with no pick up in Rhuddlan – heading around the East side of the Clwydians, before dropping down to Ruthin, off at Llanraeder, then up there towards the Road To Hell (UK100 climbs), towards the moors, another stop at the Llyn Brenig if required and back down into Henllan, St Asaph, and back to Prestatyn. 63 Miles, 5700ft.

Please see links for route – download and study 🙂
It includes the Road to Hell. We can create a cut through if people want to miss it out as an option. Cafe stop in the Craft Centre then if we want a brew at Llyn Brenig we can.


Criss Cross Clwyds

Criss Cross Clwyds

76 Miles 7,992ft route available from Sally C on STRAVA. This route starts in Melyden and heads out through through Dyserth and heading into the hills. Rhuallt Hill, ‘London Bridge’, Moel Arthur, before heading through Llanarmon-yn-Ial, before Llanbeder DC and Bwlch Penbarra to end with a rolling route home after the 60 mile point. Two hills in the UK top 100 climbs and 8000ft total.

criss cross clwyds profile

87. Moel Arthur N.Wales 220m 10% 2.2 km 20%
88. Penbarra N. Wales 258m 11% 2.3 km 25%


Castles & Carrot Cake

Castles & Carrot Cake

109km and 1515m of climbing. A route posted by Rob T. and attended by riders from VCM, CBM, and Team Elite. The maximum elevation is 376m.

Starting in the square alongside Caernarfon Castle with parking not too far away at Victoria Dock. Heading out into the Llyn Peninsular, heading back into the national park at Porthmadog, before taking the ‘Beddgelert Bypass’ and heading back up front Nant Gwynant with fantastic views of Snowdon, Pen Y Pass climb, then the rapid descent along the Llanberis Pass before the sting in the tail climbing above Llanberis for fantastic views back down the valley and a direct route back to Caernarfon.

Cafe stop at a converted Church with great food – Cafe Gwynant. Enough space for us all – and nice Carrot Cake.

castles and carrot cake profileYou can check out the post ride write up over in the reports section.