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Post by Simon Woodward » 29 Jul 2019 21:45

Hi Audaxers,
Has anyone ever done this? https://ridewithgps.com/routes/12698177
I'm thinking about converting my AAA SR into an SR Cymru, I'll need a 300 as my Cambrian with ECE won't count.
It's obviously a lumpy ride I'm just wondering whether it's achievable in late Autumn which is probably when I'll be able to find time.
What do you all think?

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Post by Philip Whiteman » 30 Jul 2019 08:20

That means going up Bwlch-y-groes the hard-way!

Looks tough but in late autumn the colours will be spectacular with rustic ferns on the mountain sides.
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Post by Simon Woodward » 01 Aug 2019 07:29

Philip Whiteman wrote:
30 Jul 2019 08:20
That means going up Bwlch-y-groes the hard-way!

Looks tough but in late autumn the colours will be spectacular with rustic ferns on the mountain sides.
Cheers Phil,

I've managed to find some space bit earlier in my calendar so have booked the 10th September.

Bwlch y groes and the following climb out of Bala will be tough with tired legs, but we'll see how it goes.

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Post by Simon Woodward » 12 Sep 2019 22:40

I completed this on Tuesday. A very tough ride which I just managed to complete in time with only 25 minutes to spare. I crawled up Bwlch y Groes averaging less than 3mph!
I've always been a full value Audaxer but thought that my average speed would increase over the last100 km, as that part of the route is much flatter. I hadn't realised however how much the poor visibility at night slows you down on country lanes.

I'd encourage those that like a challenge and also enjoy the hills and the countryside to enter this ride. As with most of John Hamilton's rides it's on great cycling roads and starts out tough but gets easier on the way home. My only caveat would be that whilst it's always difficult to compare Audaxes, it did feel like a significant step up from the Kidderminster Killer.

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Post by George » 14 Sep 2019 14:03

Simon Woodward wrote:
12 Sep 2019 22:40
it did feel like a significant step up from the Kidderminster Killer.
Simon, Simon! Do you realise what you've started?

Congratulations on another epic ride!

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Post by StuartWhite » 16 Sep 2019 13:09

Sweet, baby Jesus, that looks good/horrific.
That's going on the ever increasing list. Nice one Simon.
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Post by Philip Whiteman » 16 Sep 2019 13:33

John Hamilton is not nicknamed Undulates for nothing. This looks like another one of his horrors - always a great choice of roads through fantastic scenery but rarely flat.
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Post by Simon Woodward » 16 Sep 2019 21:47

Philip Whiteman wrote:
16 Sep 2019 13:33
John Hamilton is not nicknamed Undulates for nothing. This looks like another one of his horrors - always a great choice of roads through fantastic scenery but rarely flat.
John Hamilton tells me that only 13 people have completed the ride and only 4 of those finished within 20 hours. As you say, his routes are stunning but could never be described as flat.

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