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Lon Las Cymru 7 May 2024 3 Days

Sunday 12 May
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Two of us arrived from London Paddington and at 10 am we set off on what turned out to be, three dry and almost sunny days , on a fantastic route from Chepstow to Holyhead. We had medium sized panniers, just about enough to get by in B&Bs en route.

Our first day of 130 km and 1800 mts of climbing followed various NCN routes from Chepstow to Rhayader. This started with a few steep but short climbs and slippery descents . We then followed a great route through some amazing scenery including the 17km Gospel Pass climb in the Brecon Beacons. This was one of the most amazing climbs I have done in the UK . Absolutely Stunning .

The second day from Rhyader to Tremadog was equally breathtaking , beautiful scenery, wonderful roads and tough climbs. And sheep. Lots of sheep. The Corris pass was one of the toughest climbs we have done done in the UK, particularly with a laden bike. We rode down the world’s steepest street in Harlech (37.45%!!). I walked the last bit downhill and was glad to see that it was one-way so I had a good excuse not to have to try to ride back up it, which would have been impossible. The ride ended at our hotel in the village of Tremadog, best known as the birthplace of Lawrence of Arabia. Today was 138 km and over 1800 mts of climbing so a beer and dinner was most welcome.

The final leg of this fantastic tour again mostly followed NCN routes. Today we had some time pressure to get to Holyhead in time for our scheduled train. Based on the pace we had achieved during the previous two days this looked like a challenge, but we actually went a lot faster today as the terrain was a lot more forgiving. There were long stretches of disused railway lines and riverside paths with nice smooth tarmac, then some wonderful rolling lanes across Anglesey, and after a brief coffee stop at Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch we made it to Holyhead with enough time to spare for a relaxed McDonald’s lunch. Once again the weather was kind. Today was relatively gentle with 90 kms and 700 mts of climbing.

Three consecutive days in Wales with no rain must be some kind of record. Though pretty tough on the climbs , if you are short on time this schedule is doable and it is a fantastic ride.