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Start date:
Sun, 26th May 2013
Event Type:
Cycle Sportive (Non-Competitive)
Aberystwyth Boat Club
Marine Terrace, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 2BX
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Ystwyth Cycling Club ( website )
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Event organiser:
Mr Shelley Childs
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Sunday 26th May is the Aber Cycle Festival event for the masses! We have rides over three distances for road riders of all abilities - The Welsh Wild West Sportive. Come and see the county of Ceredigion in all its glory and experience the quiet country roads, spectacular views and challenging terrain to finish your weekend with a real sense of achievement”.

Preview Rides:
Date Start Ride name Grade BCG Duration
26 May 13 09:00 Y Cawr --- --- 07 hr 30 mins / plus 1 laps / 168km / 104m
26 May 13 09:00 Y Corach --- --- 03 hr / plus 1 laps / 56km / 35m
26 May 13 09:00 Y Mynach --- --- 04 hr 30 mins / plus 1 laps / 104km / 65m

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Thousands witness a festival of cycling

An estimated 10,000 spectators and competitors flocked to Aberystwyth over the bank holiday weekend to watch and take part in a three day celebration of cycling.


Friday’s ‘around the houses’ races in the town centre incorporated the televised Pearl Izumi Tour Series professional race which included Olympic stars and other top UKriders. Saturday’s ‘Conquer the Cliff’ mountain bike downhill event also attracted a large entry including a world champion and Sunday’s fun ride took participants the length and breadth of Ceredigion, finishing on Aberystwyth promenade.

350 School children

The eleven round Tour Series runs across May and June each year, and visits cities such asLondon,Colchesterand Torquay with Aberystwyth being its only Welsh round. The day’s racing included ten children’s races and three adult support races leading up to the big finale.

Local schools were heavily involved in the event with over 350 children participating, from under 8’s up to 16 years of age. Races of varying length, depending on age were hotly contested around the 850 metre circuit, shortened on the morning of the race due to high winds which blew waves onto the promenade area of the course at high tide.

The new course which involved cutting out Castle point, using a detour throughCastle StreetandKing Street, was a hit. The relocated finish line inPier Streetattracted even bigger crowds than the 2012 event.


Fans were treated to a night of entertainment by the commentary team at the finish line including some big tunes and loud claxon horns during the pulsating racing action.

Double Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy won the race for the second time, having previously won in 2011. Clancy, part of the famous quartet of Team GB track pursuiters at Beijing 2008 and London 2012, formed an early breakaway with three other riders, Chris Opie (Team UK Youth), Andy Tennant (Madison-Genesis) and Alexander Blain (Team Raleigh). These four rode strongly and were never caught by the pack, contesting the sprint finish together where Clancy got the better of Opie who had to settle for a third consecutive second place at Tour Series Aberystwyth.


Eager amateur racers also had their chance to shine with three separate races. The ‘Town’ team were the victors in the Town v Gown fun race with Hywel Sion taking the individual prize, outsprinting Gareth Lewis. Fancy Dress prize went to ‘Welsh Lady’ Anna Evans.

The race also included an emergency services challenge where the Ambulance Service came out on top.

Richard Rees (Ystwyth CC) won the Cat 4 race from Sarn Helen’s Dylan Lewis whilst Jack Sadler (Vanilla Bikes) took the Cat 2/3 race win from Elliot Jones (Paramount RT) with Ystwyth’s Stevie Williams in fourth place.

Children’s race winners were :

Lowri Richards (Ciliau Parc) Year 3 Girls; Alaw Davies (Ysgol Gymraeg) Year 4 Girls; Xavier Teece-Round (St Padarns) Year 3 Boys; Griff Lewis (Ysgol Rhydypennau) Year 4 boys; Shannon Haird (Llanfarian) Year 5 Girls; Hannah Davies (Aberaeron) Year 6 Girls; Owen Evans (Ysgol Rhydypennau) Year 5 Boys; Cai Jones (Llanilar) Year 6 Boys; Crwys Rees (Cardigan) Secondary School Road; Lewis Ellis-Jones (Penweddig) Secondary School Mountain Bikes.

Each race also featured a team award for the school’s first two finishers. Winning schools were :

Ysgol Llanilar (Year 3 Girls, Year 4 Boys, Year 6 Boys), Ysgol Gymraeg (Year 4 Girls, Year 3 Boys, Year 6 Girls), Ysgol Llanfarian (Year 5 Girls), Ysgol Aberteifi (Year 5 Boys).

Downhill Mountain biking

Saturday’s action involved downhill mountain biking on the town’s famous Constitution Hill. The ‘Conquer the Cliff’ race attracted well over 100 amateur and professional downhill specialists from across the UK who treated over a thousand spectators to some thrilling action in glorious spring sunshine.

Riders were timed individually, starting above the Café at the summit and heading down via the footpath, over two wooden bridges and narrow stairways followed by a series of switchbacks down to the promenade finish line. Crowds lined the route throughout the day as each rider whizzed down the hillside, taking an average of a minute and a half to complete the course.


An ‘uplift’ of riders and bikes was ideally provided by the Constitution Hill Cliff Railway.

Winning female rider was 2011 World Junior Champion Manon Carpenter (Madison Saracen) whilst Harry Molloy (Madison Saracen) took the men’s Pro/Am race.

Other category winners were Joe Parfitt (Juvenile men), Jack Jenkins (Youth men), Phil Atwill (Junior men), James Storey (Senior men), Chas Barker (Masters men) and Ian Sanders (Veteran men).

Ceredigion cycling experience

The final event of the festival was a chance for all non-racing cyclists to get in on the action, courtesy of the ‘Welsh Wild West’ Sportive. Sportive rides are fun rides over a route market course including up to three different distances to suit all abilities.

Almost 250 riders set out from Aberystwyth and headed north towards Borth before swinging back inland towards Talybont where the ‘Corrach’ route meandered back to Aberystwyth after 28 miles of cycling, again in glorious sunshine.

The middle ‘Mynach’ route took the riders over Nant y Moch and via DevilsBridge, covering 62 miles while the Cawr was not for the faint hearted, covering 105 miles via Tregaron, Lampeter and Talsarn before a final sting in the tail from Llanfihangel up to Trisant.


The Welsh Wild West Sportive cycle ride took in some stunning Ceredigion coastal scenery

Each ride included full technical support from sponsors Continental Tyres, plus feed stations where riders were able to fill up with energy drinks and gels, not to mention Bara brith and welsh cakes.

Back at the finish line on Aberystwyth promenade, each finisher was handed a goody bag and again fed and watered at Aberystwyth Boat Club.

First riders to return from the epic 105 mile route were Carwyn Henson and Arwel Jones whilst the majority of competitors were from outside the county.

“Would like to pass on my compliments and congratulate the organising team, and the people who helped on the day, for what is without a doubt amongst the very best sportives I have ridden, and I have done a few now! Everything ran like clockwork on the day, right amount of marshals, well signed, friendly volunteers at feed stations, which were superbly stocked.... food at the finish was excellent and much needed after a strenuous but very rewarding and scenic route. Well done to everyone, and I sincerely hope you'll be putting it on again next year, I'll definitely be back!

Phil Paul – Newtown

Next year’s AberCycleFest in scheduled for the weekend of May 23-25th



Event Location:

Marine Terrace,
SY23 2BX

Ride: Y Cawr

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Date Start Distance BCG Est. Field Size
26 May 13 09:00 07 hr 30 mins / plus 1 laps / 168km / 104m --- 200

Ride: Y Corach

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Date Start Distance BCG Est. Field Size
26 May 13 09:00 03 hr / plus 1 laps / 56km / 35m --- 50

Ride: Y Mynach

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Date Start Distance BCG Est. Field Size
26 May 13 09:00 04 hr 30 mins / plus 1 laps / 104km / 65m --- 100

Event Testimonials

Posted 06/06/2013

Event Testimonials

Some of the feedback from the 2013 AberCycleFest

“I am sure you will have had lots of emails on this, but I just wanted to add my congrats to the organisation team and volunteers on putting on a great event. We were blessed with good organisation, great weather and Marshals that did a truly outstanding job. I have no doubt that the people will be talking of this for weeks to come and what a great event it was. Great to see such a high turnout from the club as well. I had a great ride on the 60 odd miler and did some great prep for the C2C in a few weeks. 

Again my thanks to you and the organising committee for all your hard work and my congratulations to everyone involved in making the event such an outstanding success. 

Thanks again”

Dominic Brown - BA Hons, MBCS, PGCE /PCET Student


“Llongyfarchiadau ar benwythnos llwyddiannus iawn. Da iawn. Nes i fwynhau cael mynd fyny Nant y Moch eto !”

(Congratulations on a brilliantly successful weekend. I enjoyed the climb of Nant y Moch again!)

Meirion Davies - Bethesda


“What a fantastic event this was my first ever sportive 106 miles and to my astonishment I managed without getting off the bike once even on the 16% hill 94miles in thanks to everyone who organised it all and the feed stations what a life saver  they were”

Phil Paul - Newtown 


“Hello, I just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful time I had watching the racing at the weekend, was really good being able to watch a downhill race in my own town, was well organized, a really good atmosphere and thoroughly enjoyable, so big thanks and hope to see you back next year.”

Nico Harrison


 “I would just like to say a big thank you to all of the people above and all of the people who haven't been mentioned for their contribution to what was an amazing weekend. The organisation was excellent, the marshals and helpers were very friendly and supportive (It’s amazing what a smiling face and a few claps can do as you are struggling up Penglais after a few hundred yards).

 For me it was an amazing spectacle culminating in the sportive on Sunday. The events showed off Aberystwyth and Ceredigion in all their glory. I'm sure it will go from strength to strength.”

Simon Ward


“A brilliantly organised event. Lots of marshals lining the course who were all very friendly. The food stop was well stocked with energy drink, gels, flapjacks/cakes and helpful marshals. The scenic route was one of the best I've done. Quiet roads but all in very good condition surface wise. Ample signs and very well organised for such a small event which will hopefully grow. I did the middle distance event at 65 miles. Lots of good climbs and descents as you'd expect in Wales. Will be back next year.”

‘Bakers’ (Cyclosport.org)


“A big thank you to all the volunteers and team that were involved in making the Cycle Fest a success. See you next year.”

Ian Ramsbottom


“Some awesome scenery on the @TourSeriesAber sportive ride with @liam_holohan. Thanks for the invite @ContiTyres #sun pic.twitter.com/kfqybjpNFU”

Dean Downing (Madison-Genesis professional cycling team)


“Some lovely cycling roads at the @AberCycleFest sportive today. Fantastic support from @ContiTyres . Put it in your diary for next year!”

Liam Holohan (Madison-Genesis professional cycling team)



Posted 11/01/2013 - British Cycling

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Provisional Results

Ride name: Y Cawrasdf

Cawr (Giant) Route results 26th May 2013 103 miles
Bib First Name Surname Chip Time    
1 Richard Anthony 06:33:33    
224 Ian Archer 09.27.22    
3 Ben Babcock 06:15:42    
4 Alex Baker 06:47:09    
5 Tom Bates 08:54:08    
6 Ian Blair 06:31:51    
220 Andrew Block 07:10:16    
240 Dan Burgess 06:33:33    
8 Sam Carter 06:49:30    
10 Gareth Collier 07:19:20    
11 Arwel Davies 06:41:58    
13 Gareth Davies 06:56:03    
14 Dafydd Davies 08:54:15    
15 Richard Eakins 06:40:59    
17 Dai Charles Evans 07:25:45    
18 Alun Evans 07:54:56    
19 Cesar Fresqui 07:58:21    
221 Ultann George 07:00:01    
20 Jason Gidney 06:41:00    
21 Sean Grosvenor 05:56:57    
106 Michael Hall 08:24:38    
24 Andrew Hawes 07:09:24    
25 Carwyn Henson 05:51:31    
26 Chris Hill 07:20:52    
235 Victoria Jamieson 07:33:13    
28 Rhys Jeffreys 06:47:45    
236 Arwel Jones 05:51:29    
231 Gareth Jones 05:54:48    
30 Ralph Jones 05:56:57    
32 Ray Jones 06:56:03    
31 Mathew Jones 07:20:51    
29 Richard Jones 07:55:02    
223 Stuart Jones 08:54:11    
33 Mike Kemp 08:19:40    
34 Stephen King 08:02:20    
35 Stuart Le'Clere 06:15:20    
37 Graham Lewis 07:08:02    
38 Dylan Lewis 08:54:17    
39 Matthew Long 06:58:28    
40 Simon McGowan 06:02:30    
42 John Murphy 09:03:33    
43 Owen Owen 08:48:06    
44 Philip Paul 07:40:43    
45 Andrew Prince 05:54:14    
46 Roy Radcliffe 07:10:41    
233 Dewi Ratree 07:22:50    
47 Dorian Rees 07:26:11    
234 Paul Roberts 06:42:39    
50 Paul Rowland 08:54:18    
222 Dave Rymer 07:03:25    
53 Lee Shackleton 07:40:41    
54 Ian Sharp 07:17:21    
55 Hywel Sion 06:55:10    
56 Leif Skot 07:01:01    
57 Stephen Smith 06:38:08    
161 Keiron Snow 08:24:40    
59 Charlie Taylor 07:04:46    
239 Carwyn Thomas 07:26:20    
60 Will Thornely 06:14:33    
61 Philip Walker 07:20:51    
62 Phil Watterson 07:27:42    
64 Martin Williams 07:07:34    
232 Robert Wilson 06:56:43    

Provisional Results

Ride name: Y Corachasdf

Corrach (Dwarf) Route results 26th May 2013 26 miles
Number First name Surname Time    
226 David Andrew 02:08:36    
176 Nina Anthony 02:38:17    
177 Sara Beechey 02:56:13    
178 Lance Chase 02:05:02    
182 Carwyn Davies 01:58:58    
179 Austin Davies 02:15:46    
180 Rachel Davies 02:33:39    
181 Peter Davies 02:33:42    
93 Sion England 02:58:23    
219 Jeff Evans 02:04:22    
185 Kelvin Evans 01:58:57    
183 Rhys Evans 02:19:09    
184 Owen Evans 02:19:10    
186 Alan Haird 02:39:29    
187 Steve Hayes 02:36:19    
188 Innes Heron 02:09:29    
189 Justin Hinge 02:19:09    
190 Dylan Hughes 02:33:41    
191 Carwen Hughes-Jones 02:38:04    
192 Gareth James 02:22:01    
248 Marin Jones 02:42:36    
193 Chris Jones 02:58:22    
194 Paul Lewis 02:33:39    
195 Simon MacE 02:44:32    
196 Wendy Marchant 02:45:00    
200 Kate Maxwell 02:53:41    
201 Monique McKevitt 02:38:20    
203 Aled Owen 01:54:20    
204 Hannah Payne 02:42:37    
205 Nia Peris 02:58:23    
206 Christopher Purt 02:44:59    
207 David Ian Ramsbottom 02:33:41    
208 Daniel Ramsbottom 02:39:28    
244 Gary Reed 03:20:51    
209 Thomas Richards 03:20:01    
210 Elizabeth Richards 03:20:05    
251 Andy Rowe 02:33:44    
238 John Scott 02:47:23    
225 Rubali Shah 02:53:39    
211 Ioan Thomas 01:33:53    
212 Rachel Tindall 02:30:46    
213 Elizabeth Tremlett 02:53:41    
214 John Walsh 02:36:17    
215 Joshua White 01:40:33    
63 Martin White 01:42:17    
217 Clive Williams 02:22:00    
247 Marcus Williams - Dean 02:21:56    
218 Timothy Wood 02:25:24    

Provisional Results

Ride name: Y Mynachasdf

Mynach (Monk) Route results 26th May 2013 62 miles
Bib First Name Surname Chip Time    
70 Gwydion Ab Ifan 03:55:09    
72 Steve Albert 05:54:41    
73 Rhodri Ap Dyfrig 03:58:32    
243 Colin Armstrong 03:54:11    
74 Brian Ashton 05:07:08    
75 Philip Bailey 04:59:26    
76 Ian Bailey 05:27:28    
241 Andrew Baker 03:42:31    
77 Michael Blair 05:51:56    
78 Daniel Booth 03:22:12    
7 Dominic Brown 04:11:38    
79 Kevin Bryan 04:20:04    
9 John Cleaton 04:19:00    
80 Adrian Cash DNF    
81 Mark Cloves 04:04:19    
82 George Coward 04:02:37    
87 Meirion Davies 03:23:46    
71 Emyr Davies 04:10:13    
86 Gary Davies 04:10:10    
84 Mathew Davies 04:12:08    
85 Jason Davies 04:46:56    
83 Rhys Davies 04:47:25    
88 Andrew Davies 05:52:43    
245 Stephen Donavan 04:26:55    
89 John Draper 05:13:09    
90 Chris Drew 04:12:34    
91 Mark Ebenezer 05:13:11    
92 Andy Eden 04:54:16    
94 Paul Evans 03:59:24    
97 Phil Evans 04:01:29    
99 Guto Evans 04:12:47    
96 Goronwy Evans 04:41:45    
98 Mike Evans 05:33:53    
100 Dave Fazakerley 04:50:35    
102 Andrew Frost 04:58:25    
103 David Gale 04:24:41    
104 Derek Glennie 04:21:48    
105 Huw Griffiths 04:20:02    
107 Ian Hall 05:18:32    
108 Nick Hamer 05:09:50    
109 Andy Hamilton 04:47:15    
110 Darren Hathaway 04:20:02    
111 Charles Haynes 04:49:00    
112 Lee Hibberd 05:13:08    
27 Nicholas Hill 04:50:48    
114 Gareth Hodgson 03:45:42    
115 Kevin Holland 04:51:52    
67 Liam Holohan 04:16:00    
116 Peter Hughes 05:33:19    
117 Mark Hughes 05:33:20    
118 Marcus Jacques 05:12:15    
237 Steffan James 04:50:03    
119 Carwyn James 05:09:30    
120 Alex Jenkins 03:32:56    
121 Simeon Jenkins 04:39:17    
122 John Jenkins 04:50:32    
123 Diane Jobson 04:22:41    
124 Ceri John 04:47:27    
132 Geraint Jones 03:28:01    
125 Ryan Jones 04:01:26    
128 Alun Jones 04:01:24    
129 Rhodri Jones 04:17:08    
131 Richard Jones 04:34:01    
133 Gareth Jones 04:23:11    
130 Eric Jones 04:46:33    
126 Gwydion Jones 05:33:26    
127 Iwan Jones 05:33:30    
134 Brandon Lally 05:10:42    
135 Paul Lally 05:13:27    
68 Gruff Smasher Lewis 04:17:00    
137 Neil Lewis 04:31:05    
69 Rhys Lloyd 03:43:28    
138 Helen Marshall 04:02:50    
139 Jason Martin 04:13:14    
140 Ed Matysiak 04:41:02    
142 Lorna McKeon 06:37:21    
141 Eimear McKeon 06:37:22    
144 John Morgan 03:58:54    
143 Richard Morgan 04:27:40    
145 Seb Morton 03:52:23    
146 Noel Owen 04:02:59    
147 Tom Park 05:05:13    
66 Alex Peters 03:47:41    
150 Andrew Poole 03:42:59    
152 Keith Powell 04:27:12    
151 Margaret Powell 06:18:01    
153 Adrian Price 05:06:39    
154 Rhodri Price 05:12:11    
155 James Purkiss 04:17:29    
156 Andrew Purkiss 05:07:42    
157 Gareth Ralph 04:14:04    
158 Mari Roberts 05:43:12    
159 Hannah Sams 05:33:27    
51 Nick Saunders 07:05:24    
52 Chris Sayers DNF    
224 Paul Scullan 04:20:03    
160 Adam Smith 03:51:03    
162 Phil Stead 04:48:23    
163 Tim Strang 04:15:49    
58 Tim Tansley 04:07:44    
242 Clive Thomas 04:38:22    
164 Rupert Tildesley 03:43:22    
165 Jeremy Tindall 05:21:31    
166 Jack Tremlett 03:43:25    
167 Ian Walker 05:33:28    
168 Simon Ward 05:12:11    
169 Tony Wenlock 04:48:55    
249 Glyn Willaims 03:50:52    
173 Dilwyn Williams 04:08:15    
171 Rhodri Williams 04:32:25    
170 Howard Williams 04:32:28    
174 Peter Williams 04:46:40    
172 Martin Williams 05:14:56    
246 Graham Williams 05:06:08