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Llanfairpwllgwyngyll​gogerychwyrndrobwll​llantysiliogogogoch 400

CTC: the national cyclists' organistion AUK: the UK's premier long distance cyclists' association London-Edinburgh, 28 July 2013
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That rare type of event; a four hundred km Audax ride in Wales without AAA points! This is a fairly easy ride from Poynton to Holyhead and back.
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This Perm can be ridden on any convenient date (except 13/05/2017, click here for details of Calendar version)

Total Distance:410km    
Climbing:AAA points: 0    Total ascent: 2800m      Max elevation: 263m
Route Details:
mont Perm mapClick for Route Map (out, flat)

Click for Route Map (out, hilly)

Click for Route Map (back)
Start/finish:Poynton (south east of Stockport).

Alternative starts (if you can get a timed receipt, carpark ticket or bank ATM slip to authenticate your start and finish times): Hartford, Connahs Quay, Abergele, Holyhead
Controls:* 80km: Connahs Quay - cafe, Petrol Station, ATM
*133km: Rhos on sea, - cafe, Supermarket, ATM
*206km: Holyhead, - Supermarket, cafe, ATM
*290km: Abergele, - 24 hour Petrol station, 24 hour McDonalds
*352km: Hapsford, - Chester M56 services
*410km: Poynton, - Supermarket, ATM

* indicates controls available 24 hours
Some Useful Cafes:  80km: Connahs Quay, Corner cafe
 125km: North Wales, plenty of cafes between Abergele, Pensarn, Colwyn Bay and Rhos-on-Sea
 289km: Abergele, McDonalds and Petrol Station (24 hours)
 380km: Lymm, Popular 2000 M56/M6 services
Timings:13 hours 40 mins (30 kph) - 28 hours 40 mins (14.3kph )
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Entry Fee:£3.50 for members of AUK or CTC    
£5.50 for nonmembers

(includes Postage and Packing - send no SAEs!)

NB non-member's fee includes a £2.00 supplement for temporary membership of Audax UK valid for the duration of this particular event only and includes compulsory 3rd party insurance coverage. To join AUK visit AUK Membership Information

Enter 5 Wigley Perms for the price of 4. That's just £14.00 £17.50. (SAEs not required!) Click for details.
One of the A55 cycling bridges linking Telford’s road over<br>Pen-y-clip with Llanfairfechan (photo: Roy Spilsbury, CTC Cymru)
One of the A55 cycling bridges linking Telford’s road over
Pen-y-clip with Llanfairfechan (photo: Roy Spilsbury, CTC Cymru)

This 400km version is a ride across Cheshire and along the North Wales coast to Holyhead and back. Only 2 major climbs are encountered, with the first at 83km onto 263m Halkyn Mountain to avoid the mainly dual carriageway through Mostyn, the second, 158m over Sychnant Pass at 142km to avoid the coast road between Conwy and Pemmaenmawr.

We use some high quality cyclepaths. The Chester Greenway is traffic-free all the way from Mickle Trafford to Connah's Quay with a good quality surface. Then we use the coastal path from Llandulas to Rhos-on-sea instead of riding through Colwyn Bay with again a surface suitable for making Audax progress, but you will need to watch out for sand and gravel. Unbelievably the steepest climbs of the whole ride are encountered on this cyclepath!

Some serious flirting with the A55 takes place but it's now possible to get all the way to Bangor without using the high speed dual carriageway, thanks to the 21st century cyclists bridges and Telford's 19th century road at Pen-y-Clip.
Chris Powell's bike outside a Welsh railway station
Chris Powell's bike outside a Welsh railway station

Bridges are a particular theme of this ride. You will encounter the Hartford "blue" bridge over the Weaver Navigation, while the Chester Greenway uses a fantastic new cyclists' bridge at Queensferry, as well as the shared railway bridge over the Dee at Hawarden. Special cyclists' facilities are in place near Saint Asaph and either side of the Pen-y-clip tunnels. And of course, you get to cycle over the historical important bridges to Anglesey, first Stevenson's Britannia Bridge then Telford's Menai Bridge. Bringing you right up to date, you will encounter the modern Dee cable-stayed bridge on the way back.

There are 24 hour eating opportunities at Abergele, Chester services (M56) and Lymm services (M6) so you are recommended to time your ride to undertake the Abergele-Lymm section overnight, where the navigation is also remarkably easy.

On a more poignant note, the route takes you past the scene of the tragic incident where 4 Rhyl CC riders were killed by an out-of-control vehicle on a Sunday club run in 2006. There is a memorial at the site, on the A547 just after the Abergele control (on the right just after the 2nd turning to the right).

If 400kms seems a long way to ride all in one go (and it is!) then you can ride as a 200km Perms, either as the Poynton-Holyhead or the Holyhead-Poynton. You could also ride it as Holyhead-Prestatyn-Holyhead 200 or Wilmslow-St Asaph-Wilmslow 200, as per the diagram below:

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GPS files
Route Sheet
Route Map (out, flat) click for club website
Route Map (out, hilly) click for club website
Route Map (back) click for club website
Weather (Poynton)
Weather (Holyhead)
Rider Numbers
2016:  4
2015:  0
2014:  4
2013:  6
2012:  5
2011:  5
2010:  2
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