Brwydr y Graean
Distances47 - 106 km
CountryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Brwydr y Graean is a new event by the team who is running the Glorious Gravel, a series of gravel adventures and cyclosportives in Britain and abroad. Brwydr y Graean means battle on the gravel in Welsh language.
Starting from the town of Ruthin, the first 7km (4.5 miles) are on paved roads going towards the small village of Bontuchel where the race goes left into a smaller climb for the first real challenge of the day before entering the first gravel where the race reaches a local lap of 60km which needs to be done 1.5 time before entering the finish section around the Brenig Reservoir”. 68% of the full course is on gravel, 32% on paved roads. The road sections are mainly situated in the start and middle of the course.
The 47km shorter course is a copy of the first 40km of the 106km course but has a direct finish and turns right at the Brenig Reservoir to finish directly.
(official qualifier distance for all men 19-59 and women 19-49)
(official qualifier distance for all men 60+ and women 50+)
The 106km course has 2064m (6771 feet) of elevation. The first 8.6km (5 miles) are going up in two steps with especially the second part of the climb with a challenging 2km @10% and peaks up to 15%. Once riders enter the 60km lap, the roads are undulating with climbs up to 3km and gradients varying from 3 to 5%, challenging but not too steep. There is another 5km @4% average halfway the course with a first paved section going into a gravel section to reach the top.
The 47km has the same challenging start, but the rest of the course is not so hard and has an elevation of 1068m.
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.