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Is The Monster the UK’s toughest sportive?

Welsh event is 195km long with 4,200m of climbing

With only 65 per cent of riders completing the course, the organisers of The Monster believe it is the UK's toughest sportive. Organised by A Cycling and first run in 2014, strict cut-offs will be enforced for a 195km event which will feature 4,200m of climbing.

Both previous editions of The Monster have sold out with only a limited number of places available. This year just 100 riders will take part.

Those who do get a spot will get to ride a beautiful and quiet route from Llangadog through the heart of Wales which promises not a single traffic light or roundabout.

However, organisers are keen to emphasise that it is ‘not your average sportive’ and riders must finish within 10.5 hours to be classed as a “finisher”.

“It is aimed at experienced riders who are bored of the standard, easy sportive events out there. It is for riders who know that total climbing is much harder than distance, and for those who think a standard 100 miler is a walk in the park.”

But is it the UK’s toughest sportive? It certain has a case on paper. The Fred Whitton Challenge is 178km with 3,285m of climbing for example – but the Lake District event does boast some rather sickening gradients which surely must be taken into account. The Dragon Ride might be another contender. The longest route for that is 305km long with 2,905m of climbing.

Perhaps someone might like to ride them all and then let us know?

The Monster takes place on July 9 and costs £26. For more information on how to enter and what’s included, click here.

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