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Plenty of climbing in store as the Devil Ride returns to Wales

June 18 event features 50 and 100-mile routes

The devil’s in town – or in the Welsh countryside, at any rate. Rideventures are to bring back the Devil Ride this June, a punishing 100-mile sportive through mid-Wales. It was last run in 2012.

The event takes its name from the Devil's Staircase climb and Devil's Bridge – both of which feature on the route.

Other significant climbs include the Gamallt and Lan Goch – but they’re by no means the only ones.

“We're expecting 200 riders to set out on 18th for a big circuit through mid-Wales,” said Rideventures’ Andy Dawson. “It's just over 3,000m of climbing through remote, high Welsh landscape – the views are one of the big features.”

Rideventures revived the Autumn Epic from Knighton last year and want to get both Welsh bike events back to national prominence.

Riders can expect full route support, three feeding stations and hot food at the finish line. 

“There's a 50 mile option Demon Ride that goes through the Elan Valley, too,” said Dawson, “so there's something for everyone who's enthusiastic about cycling in mid-Wales.”

The Devil Ride costs £25 and the shorter Demon Ride £22.

For more information, see the website.

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