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.
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.
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!
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.
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.