Cycling Plus - - FIRST RIDE -

Not an overly long or pretty climb - or in­deed a mountain - Caer­philly Mountain has non­the­less as­sumed icon sta­tus among Bri­tish cy­clists, both pro­fes­sional and am­a­teur. As for why, you need only look at the Tour of Bri­tain, where it be­came a sig­na­ture climb in 2011, and for three suc­ces­sive sea­sons it fea­tured in stage fi­nales. The Strava KOM is dom­i­nated by rid­ers who draw a salary for do­ing so. The climb is also the last ma­jor chal­lenge for the rid­ers of Wales’s big­gest sportive, the close­droad Velothon, be­fore the fast run-in to Cardiff, and if you’ve gone full gas up un­til this point the Mountain’s nine per cent av­er­age over 0.8 miles will hit you like a sledge­ham­mer slug to the guts. And like all the nas­ti­est climbs, Caer­philly saves its worst un­til last.

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