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The hills of Mid Wales regularly appear in lists of the greatest climbs in Britain and were featured in the Milk Race up until the early 1990s. This tour takes in the Bwlch y Groes (known in English as the Hellfire Pass) and the Devil's Staircase, two formidable ascents that will really test your legs and lungs. If you're looking for your next hill-climbing challenge, this is the tour for you.
Our routes take in sections of the Cambrian Coast, Wild West and the old Trans Cambrian Sportives. As well as the two classic climbs, you will also get to experience the beautiful Lake Vyrnwy, an alpine-style ascent to Nant y Moch reservoir, and the remote splendour of the Cambrian Mountains.
Your base for this tour will be the market towns of Machynlleth (2 nights) and Tregaron (1 night). After the challenge of relentless hills, you'll be treated to the best Welsh hospitality in charming, friendly country hotels. You can look forward to excellent locally-sourced food, plenty of space to relax before and after your rides, and comfortable clean rooms for a good night's sleep.
Check in to accommodation in Machynlleth. You can set-up your bike, before a briefing for the next day's ride.
Departing from Machynlleth, you'll follow the river Dyfi before starting on your ascent of the Bwlch y Groes, with a challenging 385m climb in 3.6km. The well-deserved descent towards Lake Vyrnwy takes you along the quiet wooded lanes on its banks. The return journey will see you rejoin the Dyfi as it meanders back towards Machynlleth.
After breakfast, you'll head south before turning inland to begin your ascent into the Cambrian Mountains. This is a stunning alpine-style climb towards Nant y Moch reservoir, that will take you through pine forests and along heather-fringed lanes. You will then start on a breathtaking descent that takes you through the stunning Ystwyth Valley and towards your accommodation in Tregaron.
After breakfast, you'll make your way up into the Cambrian Mountains once again. You'll cycle around hill-top lakes, and then start on a fabulous descent along the river Tywi. You then head back across the rugged Abergwesyn valley to tackle the Devil’s Staircase, which has a gradient of 25% at its steepest. You can then enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery on your way back towards Tregaron.