fourThe Aber Cycle Fest is a celebration of cycling with three days of events in and around Aberystwyth. Over ten thousand spectators and competitors, including international cycling celebrities, enjoy the town centre criterium racing with international cyclists, downhill mountain biking, a steep uphill challenge and the Continental Welsh Wild West Sportive on some of Wales best cycling roads.
Aberystwyth Criterium Races
High energy and fast-paced action on the closed streets in Aberystwyth. Friday's professional Tour Series races will be televised and shown on ITV4 including a new event for Aberystwyth - an uphill climb, the only climb on this year's Tour. Aberystwyth is the only place in Wales to host the Tour Series and Cycling Weekly magazine awarded Aberystwyth ‘best circuit of the series’ in 2012.
Amateur cyclists and local schoolchildren also have an oportunity to race through the town's streets with school races and Town v Gown fun challenges and the Aberystywth Seafront Criterium for the more proficient riders.
Uphill and downhill challenges
The steep slopes of Aberystwyth's Constitution Hill are the setting for the exhilarating downhill mountain bike races on the Saturday. The ‘Conquer the Cliff’ race attracts amateur and professional downhill specialists from across the UK with some of the UK's best downhillers competing. The Constitution Hill Cliff Railway provides a welcome ‘uplift’ for the riders and their bikes to the summit as well as spectators. 'The gentle sounding name of Primrose Hill belies its steepness. Even steeper is the spur off Primrose Hill - the nororious Rhiw Cefn Llan, where the Aberystwyth Cycle Festival hill climb challenge takes place- 200 metres up a 25% slope.
Welsh Wild West Sportive
The ‘Welsh Wild West’ sportive ride brings hundreds of cyclists to Aberystwyth for the grand departe early Sunday morning, before embarking on rides named to recall the legendary tales of the area.
"One of nicest but challenging routes on the Sportive calendar" LR on Bike Channel
The four sportive routes through Ceredigion's stunning landscapes - Y Corrach (the Dwarf -26 miles), Y Diafol ( the Devil - 41 miles), Y Mynach (The Monk - 70miles) or Y Cawr (The Giant - 114 miles) provide a choice of challenge and duration to suit everyone. Riders can also enjoy local bara brith and Welsh cakes and refreshing, locally sourced mineral water provided at stations on route. Mechanical back-up services available too.
For up to date infomation on the the festival's events go to AberCycleFest