Tour of The Black Mountains Sportive 100km with 6426ft of climbing
Awesome ride over some of the most spectacular parts of mid-Wales.
The first section took us from Abergavenny over the Gospel pass to HayBluff with a Crazy descent to Hay on Wye -
I found this video of it from last years event. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVo6qz0R-bE
(omg at 6 min 20 - yikes, was difficult to get round people on this section - this guy was braver than me!)
Then followed a faster but still very undulating section up the lanes towards Brecon. I Just managed to wizz down a sweeping descent and get to the feed station before we were caught and VERY quickly overtaken by an elite road race. (I'm trying to find out what the race was - some Team Sky boys in there so must have been an important event)
The breakaway caught me on the descent, but I would not have wanted to be caught up in that peleton on a descent. (chicken - yes I am!)
The other big climb of the day was Mynydd llangynidr which was totally awesome - never ridden this one before - loved it!
The road race had had a mountain top finish there and we still had 3km to go, 2km to go and 1 km to go signs out, My legs were stinging just getting up there - it must have been agony to race up!
Following another great descent and then a few more lumps and bumps, it looked like we were headed back to Abergavenny. But no we were sent past the Abergavenny turn off and up towards Blaenavon (home of one of the best triathlons in the UK) Yes more UP!!!! Grrr! The final descent to Abergavenny was very steep and had some really sharp bends. I was tired and not at my best to deal with these. Not sure how I got around some of them. I lived to tell the tale and got a lovely finishers medal with a Welsh dragon on. One of the nicest medals I've ever had from any sort of event.