Many of you whom have undertaken our cycling events before will no doubt be familiar with one of our personal favourites – the Sarn Helen Sportif.
Well this month see’s this stunningly scenic and challenging sportive being covered in the popular Buzz Magazine, South Wales’ leading free monthly entertainment magazine.
To start with a question. What Is the sporting event that attraets most fans to watch it in person? The Olympics? The World Cup? A full Formula One season? If you add together all the fans who turned up to watch those three events, you’d still be about a million short of the winner – The Tour de France.
This year, it’s believed that over 15 million people lined the routes to watch an event which first began in 1903, and its popularity shows no signs of waning. But it’s not just the number of supporters that continue to increase; the amount of people taking part in cycling in general is on the up and up.
Nothing proves this more than the increasing amount of cycling events that are springing up across the UK. On Sunday 9 August, a truly excellent one has been arranged to roll off from The Sports Academy at Llandarcy: The Sarn helen Sportif.
Three routes are on offer; the shortest 32 miles and the medium one standing at 80 miles, but if you fancy taking on the monster, it’s route one for you. Totalling 115 miles, the route heads up the Neath valley before making for Llandovery.
At this point you turn right and continue up to Llanwrtyd Wells, Ystradfellte and the aptly named ‘Devil’s Staircase’ at the northern end of the Llyn Brianne Dam. The scenery is spectacular and the terrain murderous, so if you fancy emulating Arsmtrong and Wiggins and feeling their pain, the Sarn Helen should be the event for you.
We’re delighted that the magazine featured the ride, so why not get on your bike and ride the Sarn Helen Sportif and see what all the fuss is about on your very own two wheels.