London River Rat Race

  On Saturday I took to the start line of my first ever obstacle race. It’s another Rat Race event and thanks to my entry into the Scotland C2C event in September I could enter this for free. The start centre was in the cavernous halls of ExCeL in the Docklands and was a standard…

Gospel Pass

Climb in a sentence. Goes on and on and on and on up what is the longest climb and highest paved road in Wales, but the hard bits come early allowing you time to enjoy the views back towards Lord Hereford’s Knob (lol) and Hay on Wye. View rating. 9/10. From the start of the plateau…

Rhigos Mountain

Climb in a sentence. A real treat, emerging from an innocuous dual carriageway near Hirwaun which keeps unfolding ahead, keeping the summit out of sight until the final moments after negotiating the final couple of alpine switchbacks. View rating. 9/10. There’s a bit of everything from the summit, with a dramatic rocky face leading to a…

The Tumble

Climb in a sentence. Once you’re clear of the trees, this just keeps getting better and better as the gradients level off and the views open up down to your right hand side in the valley. View rating. 8/10. Would be a 9 if it weren’t for slightly more traffic than you would ideally have on…

Llangynidr Mountain

Climb in a sentence. Long slog up 3.6miles of variable gradients with a false summit two thirds of the way up preceding a final steep section to the summit. View rating. 8/10. There’s a reason why Top Gear love filming here, the final section after the false summit is the best bit. Difficulty rating. 7/10 Strava Link