Graean Cymru

Date
Sunday 22.09.2024
Distances
57 - 115 km
City
Llyn Brenig (Ruthin - Wales)
Country
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Graean Cymru is a new event by the team who is running the Glorious Gravel, a series of gravel adventures and cyclosportives in Britain and abroad. 

Course

The course starts and finishes at the Brenig Reservoir in Llyn Brenig with a 57.67km course that needs to be done once for all men over 60 and women over 50 while all younger categories add a second lap as official qualifier distance for the UCI Gravel World Championships.

The course is designed in the Clocaenog Forest west of the town of Ruthin and winds through the many forest roads constantly going up and down with a great scenery.

For spectators, there are options to see the riders twice as the course has two points where both sides of the road are being used over a short distance.  Km 14 and 56 are being used on both sides while also km 22 and 49 use both parts of the road.

Profile

One circuit has 1059 meters (3500 feet) of elevation gain. The race begins around the reservoir, where the initial ascent, a 1.2-kilometer climb at an average gradient of 4%, awaits after 6 kilometers on the reservoir’s north side. This initial climb serves to fragment the peloton. Subsequently, at the 14-kilometer mark on each lap, riders encounter a second comparable ascent, stretching 1.3 kilometers with an average gradient of 6.2%. Nestled between these climbs is a brief 100-meter incline, boasting an average gradient of 28%.

Throughout the course, elevation fluctuates between 300 and 470 meters above sea level. With a cumulative elevation gain exceeding 2000 meters (7000 feet), this course presents a formidable challenge to all participants.

RUTHIN AND NORTHERN WALES

Nestled in the picturesque landscapes of Northern Wales, Ruthin stands as a hidden gem waiting to be explored. This historic market town, with its medieval charm and vibrant culture, offers a gateway to the captivating wonders of the northern Welsh region. From ancient castles to breathtaking natural landscapes, the area boasts a plethora of tourist attractions that promise an unforgettable journey.

Ruthin Castle: A Glimpse into Medieval Wales

At the heart of Ruthin lies the magnificent Ruthin Castle, a testament to the town’s rich history. Originally built in the late 13th century, the castle has witnessed centuries of Welsh history, playing a pivotal role in the country’s medieval past. Today, visitors can explore the castle grounds, stroll through its lush gardens, and even stay overnight in the luxurious accommodations that seamlessly blend modern comfort with medieval grandeur.

Nantclwyd y Dre: The Oldest Timbered Town House in Wales

Venturing through Ruthin’s cobbled streets, one cannot miss Nantclwyd y Dre, the oldest timbered town house in Wales. This meticulously preserved historic gem provides a fascinating glimpse into the architectural evolution of Welsh homes, spanning over five centuries. Visitors can step back in time and wander through the rooms, each offering a unique perspective on the town’s past.

Dyffryn Clwyd: A Tapestry of Greenery and Rolling Hills

For those seeking the tranquility of nature, Dyffryn Clwyd offers a mesmerizing tapestry of greenery and rolling hills. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty provides the perfect backdrop for leisurely walks and hikes. The Clwydian Range, an undulating chain of hills, invites adventurers to explore its panoramic vistas, while the Offa’s Dyke Path offers a scenic route along the ancient border of England and Wales.

Loggerheads Country Park: A Natural Haven

Just a short drive from Ruthin, Loggerheads Country Park welcomes visitors with open arms. This haven of natural beauty boasts wooded valleys, meandering rivers, and the distinctive limestone cliffs of Devil’s Gorge. A day at Loggerheads promises a blend of tranquility and adventure, with numerous walking trails suitable for all levels of fitness.

Llangollen: Where History and Adventure Converge

A short drive from Ruthin leads to the charming town of Llangollen, known for its historic aqueducts and the enchanting Horseshoe Falls. The Llangollen Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a unique perspective on Welsh engineering. Additionally, thrill-seekers can experience the adrenaline rush of white-water rafting on the River Dee.

A Journey into Welsh Splendor

Ruthin and its surrounding region in Northern Wales beckon travelers to embark on a journey through time and nature. With its historic landmarks, scenic landscapes, and a warm embrace of Welsh culture, this corner of the world is a treasure trove for those seeking a truly enriching travel experience. Whether wandering through medieval castles, hiking the scenic hills, or simply soaking in the timeless charm, Ruthin and Northern Wales promise a getaway filled with wonder and discovery.