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FEATURE ❘ SPORTIVES


traffic flow as most traffic uses the trunk A.40. Plenty of width for social chatting as you spin along. At Llangadog you take turn left at the square, this is still the A4069, but you do have to turn left at the junction. This is very tight. Do not stay on the main run which it is very easy to do. You will notice the village hall on your right hand side just before leaving the village.


The ride stays on the A4069 which is wide and fast with a gentle gradient of about 2% up to the junction with the unclassified road signposted Llandeusant. This junction is easy to spot; it is a crossroads with the Old Three Horseshoes pub on your right. Turn left over the narrow river bridge which throws you off to the right. Select a low gear as a climb is ahead, not too steep, but it goes on for ever. Once again this is a narrow unclassified road and caution should be taken. Once you exit the hedge banks and cross the cattle grid the mountain opens up in front of you. Terrific vistas. This was an old Roman road and as such is straight and true for several miles. The only hazard being the roaming sheep. Stay on this road until you emerge at Trecastle. This is where the


single Devil parts company with the Double Devil. All riders should turn left onto the A40 and cycle approximately 200meters to the feed station. Single Devil Riders follow the A40 in a westerly direction towards Llandovery for about 1k and then merge with the 82 mile route at Llywel climbing up onto Epynt Mountain.


Double Devil Riders head East on the A 40


from Trecastle to Sennybridge. Ride through Sennybridge turning left in the centre of the village signposted Crai, Abercraf, Ystradgynlais & Swansea. You need to pick up the A4067 and immediately at Defynog turn left onto the A4215.


There is a steep climb but not too long and once at the top take the first right turn signposted Heol Senni and Ystradfellta. This is a narrow lane which later opens out onto the mountain side. After a short while the road again starts to climb and you are now climbing the Devil’s Elbow. This is again a classic climb which has featured in the Dragon Ride for numerous years. At the top you can take pride in having ascended the Double Devil. A great achievement, but the work is not over yet. You remain on the unclassified roads,


which roll well on open mountain sides between the Fans of the Brecon Beacons. Please follow our bespoke signs which will eventually take you out the A 4059 not far from Penderfyn. Turn left onto a wide open mountain road. This again benefits from a light traffic flow and you will be able to bunch ride taking it in turns to climb the gentle road to its junction with the A470. This in contrast is a very busy trunk road, you turn left heading for Brecon. After 500 meters of a gentle climb of about 3% you will reach Storey Arms. From here it is downhill to Brecon. Enjoy this descent, you will need the break. At Libanus we will have the last feed station. Please use this as this is the last and you still have many miles to cover. You arrive at a large roundabout controlling traffic-flow on two trunk roads; the A470 merges with the A40. Take your time, this is not a race, follow the signs for Brecon Town Centre. Cross the River Bridge and ride up to the traffic lights, turning left, cycling through Brecon Town. You need to pick up the B4520 signposted Upper Chapel. This is a left hand junction 200 meters after the crossroads and just outside the town’s shops. When you take the left the road


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