Road Cycling in North Wales
Some of the toughest cycling challenges in Britain are found in North Wales. For good measure add in spectacular scenery and quiet roads and it’s small wonder that it is the destination of choice for many cyclists. It’s also where Sir Dave Brailsford, one of British Cycling’s most famous names spent his childhood!
Classic mountain pass rides such as Pen y Pass together with the Ogwen and Llanberis circuits are big attractions in the very heart of the mountains but outlying regions offer equal and sometimes more formidable challenges. Bwlch y Groes, once the most dreaded climb on the Milk Race Tour of Britain is found in the Southeast corner of Snowdonia. At 546 mts above sea level it’s the highest pass in Wales and was once used by the Austin Motor Company to test gearbox technology – so how about testing yours? Not too far away is the Horseshoe Pass above Llangollen, another grueller. Moorland roads between Bala and Trawsfynnydd can be linked with riding the Crimea Pass out of Blaenau Ffestiniog.
If the idea of a lung bursting climb up a steep and long mountain pass is not so appealing there is still plenty to come here to do. The Isle of Anglesey is fairly flat and has some wonderful cycle routes along quiet lanes and dedicated cycle ways where no cars are permitted. The coastal cycleway between Llanfairfechan and Talacre is 34 miles in length with minimal up and down and there are only a few short sections of the route on roads with shared traffic. The best thing? Beach stops, café stops and ice cream halts.
From carefree cycle days suitable for all ages to some of the most awesome challenges for the seasoned rider - it's all here.
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