Epic 95

The classic end of season challenge

Now with new 100 mile route option

Challenge rating:

 

The Route

8 significant climbs - many of them longer than usual on a sportive, 5 climbs over 2km long (5km+ for the longest) and all 8 gain around 100m or more (269m for the highest).

Notable/notorious climbs include Abbey-cwn-Hir, the Elan Valley and Glascwm - the leg-breaking 25% ramp just after 70 miles.

Downloads: gpx - pdf

PDF guide to getting the route onto your navigational device

Interactive map - Ride with GPS

Options:

Epic 100 is a new, trial route option for 2018 - extend the 95

Legend 80 is a short cut route option - see separate page

 

Route stats

UnitMax GradeMax single climbLongest hillTotal Gain
Imperial1 in 4882ft3.3 miles8,700ft
Metric25%269m5.3km2,700m

 

The Climbs

 

Climb Ratings

1) B4355 - first hill comes after 13.5miles, takes you out of the valley to give you a first taste of the highlands:

2) David's Well - you'll hardly notice this long, gentle rise back up into the hills:

3) Abbey-cwm-Hir - first serious challenge, long and medium-steep - this is the start of the serious stuff:

4) Elan Valley - straight out of Rhayader and only for the Epic rider - the longest and highest mountain on the course:

5) Parkstile Ln - very steep initial ramp comes out of nowhere and can be mistaken for Glascwm:

6) Glascwm - you'll be climbing before you get to the base and then you'll see the 25% ramps going up to the horizon. Watch out for a hidden 25%er at the top:

7) B4594 - an anonymous climb out of Newchurch which will be hard if your legs have gone...

8) B4355 - long final climb before an equally long descent home to Knighton

 

Pictures from around the course on Flickr.com