Brace yourself for the Dam Buster Cycle Ride

Brace yourself for the Dam Buster Cycle Ride

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CMC Llandeilo Cycling Club, in association with The Douglas Bader Foundation are promoting the Dambuster Cycle Ride to commemorate the famous raids on the dams in Germany that took place on the 16 & 17 May 1943 and which accelerated the end of WW2.

This unique event takes place on Sunday 15 May and will be a ride up the beautiful Towy Valley and on to the Llyn Brianne Reservoir above Llandovery.

The event will have two distances, the 55 Mile Target Mission and the 35 Mile Fighter Escort route.

Event Organiser Wyn Jenkins said: "Since taking up cycling in 2008, following life-changing surgery, I've taken part in many sportives as well as competitive time trial events. There appears to be an increasing emphasis on the part of event organisers, to make their events 'challenging'.  We want the Dam Buster Cycle Ride to appeal to a much broader spectrum of cyclists, which is why the shorter "Fighter Escort" route is 35 miles and on terrain that is as flat as it can possibly be for our part of the world.  The longer "Target Mission" at 55 miles covers much of the other route but also includes a "challenging" climb up to the Llyn Brianne Reservoir. This climb is very straightforward for seasoned cyclists but can be quite tough for relative beginners. These events are ideal for cyclists of all abilities including those with disabilities riding standard road bikes or with adaptations.

Our club CMC Llandeilo Cycling Club, together with The Douglas Bader Foundation, would love to see families taking part and enjoying this event together, there's plenty of entertainment at the start/finish and en-route to make this a memorable day for all concerned. We look forward to seeing you"

Both routes take you to Llandovery and the longer of the two routes then heads up via Cil-y-Cwm to Rhandirmwyn.  The final run up to the dam and reservoir includes a 4 mile steady climb and this is the toughest part of the entire ride. The feed station at the dam will be manned by family members of the famous war-time ace and double amputee Douglas Bader, in whose name The Douglas Bader Foundation was set up on his death in 1982.  The shorter route turns off at Llandovery avoiding the major climb to the dam and apart from one short climb to the village of Bethlehem, is as flat as any ride in this area can possibly be.

The emphasis of the day is fun and enjoyment and is an event that we have organised to encourage riders of all abilities, including new-comers to cycling and in line with our support of The Douglas Bader Foundation, we also welcome entries from those with disabilities who can ride either standard road bikes or bikes with adaptations.

The whole day which starts and finishes at Coleg Sir Gar just outside Llandeilo is "themed" and this includes the music and dress of the day at the Start/Finish and at all three feed stations en-route. We want you to finish the day with a big smile on your face and to mark the event as something to look forward to each year. As well as the three feed stations, all riders will enjoy a hot meal at the finish as well as taking home a memento to remember the day.

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