A tour of lakes Celyn, Bala and Vyrnwy. It climbs Bwlch-y-groes, the highest road in Wales, and the Milltir Cerrig, which isn't far behind.
Those who've ridden the Three Lakes event before will recognise it as Graham Mills's route but with a new section out to Llyn Celyn to avoid that gated road. The total ascent is around 2150 metres and earns 2.25 AAA points.
This is a non-competitive cycling event on public roads. It is not a race or trial of speed. The objective is to complete the course within the time limit of 10 hours (equivalent to an average speed of 13kmh-1). Time is recorded from when you start until you finish. You will be given your individual time and a list of finishers, without times or positions, will be published.
The event has been devised for experienced cyclists but, as rides in North Wales go, it isn't a particularly arduous route. With great scenery, quiet roads and plenty of opportunity to recover between climbs, if you're looking to take on a bit of a challenge this would make an ideal introduction to grimpeur (climber) events. Please bear in mind that it is a basic event with controls at cafes and no support on the route.
All roads are tarmaced but some are narrow, remote and exposed. You should be prepared for the occasional pot hole, loose gravel and wandering sheep.