Continental Welsh Wild West Sportive
Event: 25 May 2014
Comprising the final event of the Aberystwyth Cycling Festival weekend, the second Welsh Wild West Sportive takes place on Sunday 25 May 2014. Aberystwyth and the surrounding area of Ceredigion boasts some of the quietest and most scenic roads in the UK, with the backdrop of Cardigan Bay and Cambrian mountain range to ensure an enjoyable day in the saddle.
Choose from three distances of 40 miles, 70 miles and 100 miles, tackling the counties major climbs including Nant y Moch, the alleged hideout of the last indigenous Prince of Wales, Owain Glyndwr, The Arch near the famous Devils Bridge falls which sports a mysterious stone ‘arch’ across the summit of the climb and Tychrug near Lampeter which is perhaps one of the most under rated road climbs in Wales with views of three counties from the summit.
Sponsored by Continental Tyres, the event is backed up by Continental UK’s fleet of four ‘service course’ vehicles, and two motorcycle stewards. Each competitor also receives a free goody bag from the sponsor, and feed stations are backed up by High 5. The free homemade cooking at the Race HQ at the finish is also not to be missed.
The 2013 Aberystwyth Cycling Festival ‘AberCycleFest’ attracted 15,000 spectators and competitors across the three days, with Friday’s criterium races being shown on ITV4 with 48% of event visitors surveyed coming from outside Wales.
2013 event testimonials :
“.. 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." Phil Paul – Newtown
“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
“Some awesome scenery on the Welsh Wild West sportive ride." Dean Downing (Madison-Genesis professional cycling team)
The event is run by the Aberystwyth Cycling Partnership & Ystwyth Cycling club, who have been organising races and events in the srea since the 1950’s, including Pearl Izumi Tour Series, The Tour of Mid Wales and The ‘Conquer the Cliff’ Downhill Race.
Why not spend all weekend in this University coastal town to enjoy the thrills & spills of the Tour Series professional criterium on the Friday evening, the Consitution Hill Downhill MTB races on Saturday before taking on your own challenge on Sunday in this Wild West Sportive.
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