Abergavenny Festival of Cycling

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Abergavenny Festival of Cycling

Postby Pross » Fri Dec 14, 2012 17:33 pm

Not really sure of the best place to put this but the details are now out and there is plenty for everyone http://www.abergavennyfestivalofcycling.co.uk/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=28%3Afestival-of-cycling-2013-launch-news

I think I'm organising the handicap race (I offered and it is listed but I haven't heard any more yet!). Great to see the Grand Prix of Wales back though, good work by Bill Owen who has promoted many great races over the decades. This should be a genuinely challenging race for the domestic pros and hopefully it will attract a few smaller overseas teams :)

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Re: Abergavenny Festival of Cycling

Postby lyn1 » Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:19 pm

Good to see the Grand Prix back. What status does it have?

This is a little confusing as the NetApp-Endura riders like Downing will only be able to ride if it's a UCI 1.1 category.

"Finally, on Sunday July 14, those domestic riders - including former National champions such as Russell Downing and Kristian House, the latter of whom won his title in Abergavenny in 2009, will be hitting the road for the long-awaited return of the Grand Prix of Wales, one of only six races in the annual Premier Calendar Series".

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Re: Abergavenny Festival of Cycling

Postby Pross » Sun Dec 16, 2012 17:27 pm

Not sure of its status other than what is in the link to be honest. There may be some confusion resulting from the Endura merger perhaps.

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Re: Abergavenny Festival of Cycling

Postby ugo.santalucia » Sun Dec 23, 2012 20:35 pm

No time trial up the Gospel pass?
No hill climb up "the tumble"?

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Re: Abergavenny Festival of Cycling

Postby roger merriman » Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:08 am

ugo.santalucia wrote:No time trial up the Gospel pass?
No hill climb up "the tumble"?


It's likely the GP is going to go up the Blorange/Tumble/Fiddlers Elbow and thus a closed road, but probably a rolling one.

TT's/Hill climbs would be fun, but has to be remembered that roads like the above are routes between towns and during the week are used for folks getting around.

Do seem to have a fairly full week now, which may well be another reason.

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Re: Abergavenny Festival of Cycling

Postby Grill » Fri Dec 28, 2012 17:37 pm

ugo.santalucia wrote:No time trial up the Gospel pass?
No hill climb up "the tumble"?


There's the TumbleUp4Life challenge in May. Here's hoping for double digits!
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Re: Abergavenny Festival of Cycling

Postby Pross » Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:16 am

Grill wrote:
ugo.santalucia wrote:No time trial up the Gospel pass?
No hill climb up "the tumble"?


There's the TumbleUp4Life challenge in May. Here's hoping for double digits!


I'm going to give that a go this year too. A clubmate has done it the last two years and managed 7 ascents, the dutch bloke who came over the first year did something ridiculous like 13 ascents. It's along climb too as it includes the extra drag up from the Keeper's Pond to Foxhunter's grave which can be a slog if the wind is blowing the wrong way even though it's only a gentle gradient.

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Re: Abergavenny Festival of Cycling

Postby Pross » Fri Feb 01, 2013 16:40 pm

OK, the handicap road race on Tuesday 9 July (7.00pm) is now up on the British Cycling site for anyone interested in entering. It's a flat circuit using the old road between Raglan and Abergavenny and then turning to make the return trip on the A40 (3 x 15 mile laps). Entries from Elite and 1st cat riders particularly welcomed to get a good balance of the groups (the races are usually 4th cat in group 1, 3rd in group 2 and a scratch group of E/1/2).

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Re: Abergavenny Festival of Cycling

Postby ugo.santalucia » Sat Feb 02, 2013 18:16 pm

Pross wrote:
Grill wrote:
ugo.santalucia wrote:No time trial up the Gospel pass?
No hill climb up "the tumble"?


There's the TumbleUp4Life challenge in May. Here's hoping for double digits!


I'm going to give that a go this year too. A clubmate has done it the last two years and managed 7 ascents, the dutch bloke who came over the first year did something ridiculous like 13 ascents. It's along climb too as it includes the extra drag up from the Keeper's Pond to Foxhunter's grave which can be a slog if the wind is blowing the wrong way even though it's only a gentle gradient.


I've done it once a few years back as part of a big loop, soon after the Gospel Pass... I think I can manage 3-4 times... it's a pretty steep fucxxer

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Re: Abergavenny Festival of Cycling

Postby Pross » Sat Feb 02, 2013 20:46 pm

Yeah, done it a fair few times as it's my local climb. Used to enjoy it and did the Welsh hill climb champs on it a couple of times but age and weight aren't on my side anymore :(

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Re: Abergavenny Festival of Cycling

Postby ugo.santalucia » Sun Feb 03, 2013 07:58 am

Pross wrote:Yeah, done it a fair few times as it's my local climb. Used to enjoy it and did the Welsh hill climb champs on it a couple of times but age and weight aren't on my side anymore :(


I seem to recall it takes 20-25 minutes to go up to where the three way junction is... so doing it 13 times means 250-300 minutes of climbing which is not otherworldly... a typical stage of the Raid Pyrenees had about 3-4 hours of climbing... however, that is 10-12% all the way up, while the Tourmalet+Aubisque are not... :roll:

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Re: Abergavenny Festival of Cycling

Postby Pross » Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:40 am

Sounds about right but on the charity ride you turn left at the pond at the top and go up for about another half a mile, it's not so steep on that bit but probably about 5%. By time you add in the descent time and the flat section each way from the foot of the climb to HQ you are looking at probably 45 minutes to an hour for each ascent so quite a long day out!

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Re: Abergavenny Festival of Cycling

Postby Pross » Sun Apr 14, 2013 16:43 pm

A round of the national para cycling road race series has now been added to the Festival schedule, the first para road race held in Wales. Hopefully we'll see Pokerface riding?

Both the Elite circuit race and Grand Prix of Wales Premier calendar race are getting half hour slots on Eurosport. Only 4 places are left in the Tuesday evening handicap race despite there being 3 months to go!


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