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.

Screenshot from 2015-04-22 10:20:11

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%


100 greatest cycling climbs

You may or may not be aware – however there is a list – in fact I think technically speaking there are two lists*. In terms of North Wales cycling climbs within the top 100 you have plenty to choose from.

The nice people at have compiled a list of 100 Greatest Climbs, and Another 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs.

For those  who want to narrow this noise down a little to a tick list – Britain’s Top 10 Toughest Cycle Climbs from the Guardian – Hardknott and Wrynose old news to those on the Fred Whitton Challenge, and Bwlch y Groes from such wonders as the Bala Devil and the Wild Wales Challenge events.

Now – it is unlikely to have escaped your attention, that living where we do that we have a lot of hills here. It is not really a surprise given that we are based on the end of the Clywdian Range, and being not all that far from the Snowdonia National Park. Going uphill is not something that is easily avoided.

So here is a list of the locals of note – you may wish to look them up on Strava, or maybe even go hunt them out:

Top 100

#86. The Shelf – 262m – 5 to 15% – 5.1km

#87. Moel Arthur – 220m – 10 to 20% – 2.2km

#88. Penbarra (Bwlch Pen barras / Bwlch Penbarras / Old Bwlch) – 258m – 11 to 25% – 2.3km

#89. The Road to Hell – 353m – 3 to 20% – 11km

#90. Horshoe Pass (Bwlch yr Oernant) – 317m – 7 to 20% – 6.1km

#91. Bwlch y Groes (Hellfire Pass)- 385m – 11 to 25% – 3.5km

Another 100

#188. Melin Y Wig – 100m – 1.3km – 8%

#189. Llanberis Pass – 247m – 4.9km – 5%