Welsh Coast 2 Coast Extreme Challenge launched ahead of inaugural Welsh Cycle Show

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Welsh Coast 2 Coast Extreme Challenge launched ahead of inaugural Welsh Cycle Show

Gruelling 222-mile, 24-hour challenge takes in some of Wales' toughest climbs

A gruelling Welsh coast-to-coast challenge will take place July 12, scaling some of the country’s most challenging climbs on its 222-mile route.

The Welsh Coast 2 Coast, organised in aid of the Welsh Air Ambulance, will start in Caernarfon, in the north west of the country, and take riders within a few miles of the English border, before heading south west to the finish in Laugharne.

Negotiating climbs through Llanberis and the Pen-y-Pas in Snowdonia, and then up to Lake Fyrnwy – recognised as one of the toughest climbs in the UK – the demanding route is set against a backdrop of some of Wales’ most picturesque scenery.

The Welsh Coast 2 Coast will take in the Pen-y-Pas, which featured in the 2013 Tour of Britain (pic: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com)

The Radnorshire and Preseli hills also feature on the leg-sapping route, before a downhill finish into Laugharne.

Organisers insist the route is not for the faint-hearted but anybody wishing to take on the challenge will enjoy food, hydration and transport, covered by the £250 entry fee, as well as logistical support from Cycle-Tec, who will provide two vehicles en-route for mechanical support.

Anybody able to raise £400 for the Wales Air Ambulance will have their entry fee waived.

For more information, the team behind the event will be at the Welsh Cycle Show on April 5-6. Otherwise visit the Welsh Coast 2 Coast website.

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