Autumn Epic

The Autumn Epic is a European-style cyclosportive, starting in Knighton in the Welsh Marches and taking cyclists through the superb scenery of the ancient county of Radnorshire.

Entering its eighth year, the Epic is held on Sunday, October 5 and is an ideal way to round off a cyclist’s season and make great use of summer fitness.

The Autumn Epic cycle challenge

The Autumn Epic cycle challenge

Radnorshire – the central part of the huge county of Powys – offers near perfect cycling territory, with its unspoilt countryside and peaceful roads.

The Autumn Epic route takes riders on a 155km grand tour – or 133km shortcut – from the Welsh Marches and into the start of the Cambrian Mountains.

Wye Valley near Rhayader - cycling holiday with Wheely Wonderful Cycling

Wye Valley near Rhayader – cycling holiday with Wheely Wonderful Cycling

The entire ride takes place on public roads, most of which are very quiet country lanes. The scenery is stunning and offers some of the finest road riding anywhere in the country, but if riders like it flat then they should probably look elsewhere!

Glascwm Hill

Glascwm Hill

The ride climbs from the first mile and highlights include the Elan Valley reservoirs and mountain road, Glascwm and Abbey Cwm Hir climbs. The route does include a few of gentler interludes, which provide riders with the chance to recover and spin their legs before taking on the next upland range.

Élan valley

Élan valley

The Autumn Epic has been ranked the number one UK sportive for two years running by subscribers to http://www.cyclosport.org. For more information about the route and how to register visit http://www.cyclosportives.co.uk/

So where do we come in?  Well if you don’t want to do it on one day…you can spread it over 3 days on our Radnor Ring Challenge or if you have friends who want to support you – but don’t want to do the whole challenge, they could cycle our Country House Explorers Cycle Tour – based around Knighton – they’ll have a bike and easy cycle route – & can cycle to support you at the start & finish of your ride.

 

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About Wheely Wonderful Cycling

I organise cycling & walking holidays from our farm on the Shropshire/ Herefordshire borders. I love anything to do with cycling - and this area is the perfect place to cycle - quiet lanes, fantastic scenery, lots of history & great food. My blog aims to keep you up to date with the best places to cycle & walk in the area, and all the wonderful things to see & do whilst you are exploring by bike or foot.
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