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FEATURE ❘ SPORTIVES


A 126 mile


endurance challenge


Cycling World believes the Double Devil is set to become a huge success and something of a Sportive icon.


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From the Showground the group will ride through the old town and pick up the B4520 towards Upper Chapel. The climbing starts immediately, you don’t even leave the town before the road kicks up onto the climb. After the first short climb there is a descent and a technical crossing over a river bridge. Make sure you are not caught in a tight bunch here, as you may experience problems! Once you have crossed the bridge the climb continues and before you know it you are passing that 25% climb sign! Thankfully this is not a very long hill and before you know it you will be cresting the top onto the hill side. We take the first left turning onto the B4519, the road continues to gain altitude and rolls until you reach the summit, near


Drum Ddu with a spot height of 474 metres. Now enjoy a very fast descent towards Garth, however as the road starts to flatten off and within 1 mile of Garth you have to take a left onto an unclassified road towards Llangamerch Wells. This is small windy road, actually a designated cycle route, however caution is required.


At about the 22 mile point you enter Llanwrtyd Wells, turn left into the town and ride up towards the square, turning left after the river bridge signposted Abergwesyn. Once again this is an unclassified road, flat for some miles as you are following a river. Your first feed station is at 24 miles at a designated picnic spot, right alongside the river. Trust me stop here as you have another 20 miles before the second stop.


After the feed station you continue towards Abergwesyn and turn left at a farm


signposted Tregaron, Llynbriane. The road gets narrow, the trees close in and yes the road starts to climb. Once out of the woods you will see the road stretching ahead of you climbing the side of the open valley with a mountain stream cascading down the mountain side on your left. This is probably one of the best views you will ever find on a bike.


Ahead you will not be able to see the way forward! It appears that you are riding into a dead end. The valley is closing in with steep banks either side. There is no way out, the road bends left and then you are forced to ride over the river. I say ride over, as it is difficult to describe the road as a bridge. The road is unmade as it is washed away most winters! Ahead there are forestry trees, attached to a pole is a 25% incline sign, the road disappears from your view into the trees, which is eerie. No wonder it gets its


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