Hills! Glorious #wills_hills! No distance points, no AAA points, just because; oh and this SR600 gives you a shot at the top ACP Randonneé 10k award if completed at 60hrs or less.
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Extensive route notes and a variety of files will be distributed to entrants via email a week or two before the event. In the mean time use the interactive map for an overview of what lies ahead (subject to change); toggle the elevation & grade on/off by clicking the key. *Please note plugin's 'grade' is experimental so take it with a pinch of salt, especially where rocky outcrops may be present.
Start the Super Randonnée 600 (SR600) from the Wye Valley in the shadow of Tintern Abbey then climb your way out into the Forest of Dean. Roll along the top before descending to Ross-on-Wye and follow the river through Hole in the Wall. On to Herefordshire and a gentle rolling ascent to Ludlow before the hills begin again.
Scale the Burway onto Long Mynd, pass Stiperstones and The Bog Centre and on into Wales. Cross The Severn and climb to Lake Vyrnwyn; at the end Hirnant Pass the steep way! Then cross the hills once more on a gated road. Traverse Berwyn then edge it and then on to the Old Horseshoe Pass. Keep going north to the Clywdians and descend Bwlch Penbarras and on over the hills and through Clocaenog Forest as the Milk Race once did. Here you pass into Snowdonia National Park and make your way to Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Now for a short out and back leg as you heave yourself up the service road to Stwlan Dam and its viewpoint, then back down; breath taking!
More desolate mountain roads as you climb over to the upper end of the Dee Valley.
Then Bwlch y Groes the ‘easy’ way before descending the hard, then over Ochr y Groes to Cross Foxes. Follow a Sustrans route on the high road over to Corris passing the Centre for Alternative Technology then descend to the Dovey Valley and around the coast. Up into the hills once again round Nant-y-Moch to Devil‘s Bridge, pass The Arch into the Ystwyth Valley, you guessed it, up to the Elegant Valley and over to the Wye; for a bit.
Glorious hills to Hay-on-Wye with barren summits. Then of course Gospel Pass with it’s leg recuperating descent through the Vale of Ewyas. The easy return is avoided favouring more hills once more to the top of the Wye Valley where you descend, it isn’t over though, one last push up the valley wall to St. Briavel’s Castle and you are done!
This Permanent Event was described by the ACP representative in Paris as, “It looks like a terrible, but very attractive SR600”. [p9 AUK Annual Report 2020]
Whilst it can be undertaken at a time to suit you it can not coincide with the calendar event version. Rules are rules! You may undertake it though as a group as long as you all sign up.
Super Randonnées were created by the Audax Club Parisien in 2009. They are mountainous Permanents of 600km with over 10,000m of elevation gain; this equates to more when calibrated using the AUK method.
Riders have the option of riding a Super Randonnée either as a Randonneur or as a Tourist; requirements are to complete within 60hrs or at a minimum average of 75 km per day respectively.
This SR600 is very demanding, it is 616km long with 12,571m of AUK calibrated climbing; you will receive no distance or AAA points. You will need to be familiar with often unpredictable conditions in the mountains, poor road surfaces in places and versed in self-sufficiency on long distance rides. The route is mandatory and must be followed.
Completing an ACP SR600 at Randonneur pace is required for the ACP Randonneur 10k award. Any one starting at this pace but failing to complete within time will be able to finish at Tourist pace to show their love of climbing.
Super Randonnées will lead you over famous, as well as lesser known, passes and summits, presenting you with amazing scenery. You will discover the beauty of valleys, hill & mountains at unusual hours like dusk, dawn or even at night giving unforgettable memories of the ride.
Ride safe… and don’t forget that self-reliance is part of the challenge!
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- This event is run in accordance with Audax UK's Regulations and is covered by their insurance.
- At this time COVID-19 restrictions may apply; please see Audax UK news for current situation.
- Additional measures will need to be undertaken for a successful event and for future ones to take place including but not limited to: staggered starts; remaining in your group; electronic proof of passage.