Full Everest Route
The Full Everest Route is the ultimate challenge in the Hard As Nails series.
Day 1 – Approx. 255.1km with +4860m elevation gain
Day 2 – Approx. 243.5km with +4128m elevation gain
The Medium Route will certainly test the endurance of our riders and will see them reach an elevation of 7,307m which just exceeds Camp 3 of the actual Everest Mountain climb.
Day 1 – Approx. 216.3km with + 4212m elevation gain
Day 2 – Approx. 174km with + 3095m elevation gain
The Short Route is by no means an easy feat and will give our riders a taste of what the Full Everesting challenge entails.
Day 1 – Approx. 105.3km with +2310m elevation gain
Day 2 – Approx. 123.9km with +1959m elevation gain
Note: The exact routes are currently being finalised and are subject to change. The final routes shall be issued to riders before the event (exact distances and elevations may vary).
Distance: 5.86km ; Elevation Gain: 399m
Average Gradient 7%
Setting off from The Old Station Hub, riders will tackle their first climb of the day – LLangyndir Mountain. Known as the hill of two halves, the LLangyndir Mountain climb begins by meandering through some of the most beautiful pastoral scenes in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Distance: 6.11km ; Elevation Gain: 401 m
Average Gradient 6.5 %
Before actually reaching the top of Llangynidr Mountain, riders will turn left and descend into Llangattock. The climb from Llangattock has significant stretches in excess of 10%.
Distance 1.66km; Elevation Gain 211m;
Average Gradient 13%
Rhiwr Road makes the famous Tumble climb look like child’s play. It starts very steep indeed with a maximum gradient of 27.8%!
Distance: 4.06km ; Elevation Gain: 347m
Average Gradient 9%
At over 4km in length and with a long steady 10 percent gradient, The Tumble is one of the most famous and highly anticipated climbs in South Wales.
Distance: 3.03km ; Elevation: 256m
Average Gradient 8%
On heading uphill out of Aberdare, riders will be confronted by one of the steepest sections of tarmac they have ever seen. Despite hardly being known outside the Welsh valleys, there aren’t many hills more challenging than Bryn Du in the UK.
Distance: 4.5km ; Elevation: 260m
Average Gradient 6%
Every avid cyclist’s heard of the legendary Bwlch climb for one very good reason – it takes no prisoners. The Bwlch has attracted national fame due to a number of events and is on the radar of every serious rider’s radar.
Distance: 1.87km ; Elevation Gain: 184 m
Average Gradient 10%
No part of it is easy, but it’s the first of two hairpins that make it notorious. The gradient on the inside of the bend is estimated to be somewhere in excess of 30%, and while you’d be daft to try riding over that bit, the outside isn’t exactly a piece of cake either.
Distance: 11.63km ; Elevation Gain: 203m
Average Gradient 2%
Trefechan to Pontsticilli Reservoir climb will be the final climb of the day for our riders before they head back for some well deserved rest at the Hard As Nails Headquarters in Talybont On Usk.
Distance 5.86km; Elevation Gain 399m;
Average Gradient 7%;
After a good nights rest, our riders will warm up the legs again by heading-up LLangyndir Mountain. Our riders wont quite reach the summit but close to the summit they will turn left and head down the fabulous descent into Llangattock.
Distance: 1.2km; Elevation Gain: 146m
Average Gradient 12%
This section of road will certainly really make you feel you are in the middle of nowhere. It is said to be one of the most scenic roads in the whole of Wales.
Distance: 7.38km; Elevation Gain 176m
Average Gradient: 2%
Once our riders reach the far north of Day 2 after tackling the “Afon Ystwyth segment”, our riders will encounter the famous Elan Valley. With its breathtaking landscapes and abundance of wildlife, the Elan Valley is a hidden gem located…
The road with no name….
Open for the public all year round unless there are Army exercise (otherwise our riders will need to take a detour). It really is a riders delight, smooth tarmac, numerous blind turns and blind summits, with passing areas.