Why we need your help
Aberystwyth | Lampeter | Cardiff
Long Route | 200miles
Short Route | 100miles
For anyone unaware, Engineers For Overseas Development (EFOD) is a charity created in Wales with the aim is to deliver engineering projects which improve the health, hygiene, education and self-sufficiency of poverty afflicted communities in a sustainable manner. For more information, see - http://www.efod.org.uk/.
Now in its eleventh year, we like to take on the kind of cycle challenge where many would question the participants sanity, to help raise funds for this cause. All costs are covered by the riders and the charity is entirely voluntary, so every penny raised goes straight into the development projects. The current EFOD Cardiff project is a nursery and primary school build in Uganda.
The ride is split roughly equally over two days, with riders having the choice between the longer 200mile route, or the shorter 100mile route, both covering some of the most spectacular scenery Wales has to offer. This year we’ll also be taking in not, one, not two, nor three, but four of the UK top 100 climbs.
On the ride as a whole, the views usually have to be earnt and the distances are tough, but our excellent support crew ensure you’re fed, watered and in good spirits the whole way. The routes are marked, maps and GPS routes provided and the support crew are always on hand if you still manage to get lost. The 50-60 other riders will range from serious enthusiasts to the occasional commuter so irrelevant of your ability, you will likely have some company along the way. If you do end up riding alone though, we throw in plentiful snack and lunch stops along the way where we each take our time, gather again and enjoy seeing how others are getting before continuing on to the next stop.
Day 1 |
Starting at Aberystwyth University, we’ll take the scenic route to Lampeter, snaking our way through a bit of a reservoir tour of Nant-Y-Moch, Dinas, the Elan Valley quadrilogy and Llyn Brianne. It’ll be an undulating day, including our first and steepest of the top 100 climb - The Devil’s Staircase.
The shorter route riders will catch a lift to skip the first 50k and start on the climb up to the top of the Elan Valley to then enjoy one of the best road descents in Wales. They’ll then stick to the same route, finishing at the top of Llyn Brianne dam to then catch a lift for the final few miles to Lampeter.
Day 2 |
Day two will then be a tour of some of the best climbs in South Wales. They’re all relatively gradual, but plenty long and high enough to demand respect. We’ll set off towards the Brecon Beacons to first take on the Black Mountain climb. Next up, the Rhigos, shortly followed by the Bwlch. From here on, bar a couple of bumps, it’ll be plain sailing down into our final destination - the Welsh capital - Cardiff.
As with the day before, the shorter riders will take a lift to the base of the Beacons and begin their journey there. Their official finish will be the summit of the final major climb - the Bwlch, but will of course have the option of enjoying the descent if they wish.
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