Bottom of Bray
Distance from start line 0.7 miles/19sec Spectacle Bellypan-crunching direction change Apart from a brief roll-off at the St Ninian’s crossroads to get the bike turned, the riders haven’t shut off for over a mile. So turning right after a plunge down a steep hill in top gear is insane. Nearby houses sell places in small grandstands, or you can stand by the newsagent’s opposite Tromode Road. A terrifying introduction for first-timers just off the ferry.