The new 80km route follows the first 45km of the Classic 150km Autumn Epic route - that means you get the same reasonable warm up ride, gently climbing (with a few stiffer inclines) for the first 20km. Then you hit the first climb - longish and not too difficult that gets you high up on the mid-Wales moorland - see separate posting.
|Like zooming down a black hole - good brakes are needed at 29km!|
After a short bit of main road riding you turn left and up the David's Well climb - this is more a series of reasonable hills that can be deceptive - it goes on and on but eventually leads to a long descent and ride through a valley.
|The Philipp's Hall, Abbey cwm Hir|
|We've got signs for all the big climbs|
On tired legs (its at 55km) this is going to be a
challenge for the 80km rider. It leads to 20km of up and down culminating in the Fron-Goch climb - you get a warning of this in an unwelcome 18% ramp before the main climb of consistent 10 to 12%
Just a little bit more climbing after this leads to a final 5km of down hill all the way into Knighton - you hardly need to pedal at all as you whiz down, join a main road and re-enter Knighton.
Overall, its a tough route with a series of stings in the tail - if you haven't held something back for the final 25km then you're going to regret it...
Stop press - just had the final entry for the 80km route - 7pm Sun 25th