Well done, all you hardy riders who rode in the Trans Cambrian Cyclo Sportive this year, whether you
completed the course or not. In fact, there were surprisingly few retirements considering we had the
worst weather conditions for weeks. Yet more surprising was how many people turned up on the day to
make a late entry. One notable late entry was Aubrey Greene of local company Photogenic, who sponsor
the event. That is true support!
At the Finish line it was inspiring to see so many people returning with smiling faces and good spirits.
They can rightly feel very pleased with their achievements. Some had tales to tell of their ride, and
I’m sure all will take home memories that will endure for years to come.
Photographer Carol Corbett was out on course. See if you can find a photo of yourself on her website
Next year we will be running a Special Edition of the Trans Cambrian, which will use a different route
and a new concept. Riders who paid for entry this year and elected not to turn up will be offered half
price entry next year. Watch this space, and we will let you know more before too long.
Thank you all for braving the weather, riders and helpers alike.
Just writing to say a big thank you for organising and running this year's Trans Cambrian.
I've taken part several of times. It's a great route and this year's weather and route
diversion was fun! I think the mid-September date makes the TC unpredictable and this year
didn't disappoint. Those Mid-Wales uplands are all about wild, wet and windy and that's what
we got. Perfect.
The route-signing is good to excellent for me (I know the route and the area). The feed stops
are well placed with cheerful helpers. The gels and drink powder are greatly appreciated
along with the sticky flapjack and banana. Reassuring to see the motorcycle marshal and radio
cars on a very wild and lonely ride - I barely saw any other cyclist. I think the start/end at
the dam works really well with the luxury of the sign-on, toilets and café in the visitor centre.
Please pass on my thanks to all the helpers. I was as happy as can be -- on my own, on my bike,
on the tops with wild wind and warm rain. Excellent.
One of this year's riders
I did the Devils Ride today, had a great time, shame about the weather, but just wanted to say
thanks for such a well organised event.
My son and I took part in the Trans Cambrian Sportive today and got into difficulty heading
into Machynlleth, Approximately 2hr 45mins into the ride, my son got cold and felt he couldn't
carry on. We took shelter in the Leisure Centre where they were extremely helpful in getting
us warm and dry. We had stupidly left Ellan Valley without both money and phones, not
anticipating any problems, but have learnt our lesson. A customer of the leisure centre called
Gus also came to our rescue supplying towels and clothing, going out of his way to take us back
to Ellan Valley. I would like to thank the Leisure Centre Staff at Machynlleth, Gus and Trans
Cambrian staff and organisers, for all the kindness shown to two cold and soggy strangers.
Andy and James Purkiss