Again the map could be much better but every entrant will get a decent map on the day. The ride will start at the Baltic Car Park in Ammanford town centre. Carmarthenshire County Council have given us the use of the car park to use as a venue HQ.
The route then goes up the Amman Valley through Garnant, GCG and Brynamman and over the Black Mountain and down to LLangadog. On to LLandeilo where there is a feed station. The route then goes down to Ffairfach and on to Llanarthney and up to Paxtons Tower, over to Maesybont and Gate Road. On to Penygroes and a fast descent down to Llandybie and back to the Baltic Car Park at Ammanford. A great route with lots of interest.
I know! This map is pretty awful but with my limited IT skills it’s the best I can do at the moment. Still learning as I go along. The venue/HQ will be the Baltic Car Park in Ammanford where the ride will start and finish. There is another car park adjacent to the Baltic if there is a need. Hope to have a bus on site for registration and handing out ‘power packs’/goody bags.
Everyone who enters for the event will be given a pre ride information pack containing a decent map and general safety/ route info. The route will be signed and there will be marshals at busy or difficult junctions. The marshals are there to give direction only and are not allowed to stop or direct traffic in any way.
The 15 mile route is a leisurely ride up to Brynamman on the Amman Valley Cycle Way. Return on the Cycle Way as far as Glanaman. Then leave the path and take the road to Glanamman Square where there are public toilets ( they are always clean and well maintained). Continue on the road in the direction of Ammanford. On reaching the Farmers take a left towards Hopkinstown and continue through to the village of Betws and on to Garnswllt. Before reaching Garnswllt take a right turn down Lon y Felin and down to the suspension bridge crossing the Amman River. Having crossed rejoin the Cycle Way and continue back to the Baltic Car Park (Job Centre) in Ammanford. (event start and HQ).
The 45 mile route leaves the car park in Ammanford and takes the A474 to Gwaun Cae Gurwen. Turns left onto the A4069 and continues over the Black Mountain (a rather long but not too challenging a climb) to Llangadog where it joins the A40 back to Llandeilo. There will be a feed station/ toilets at the council car park in Llandeilo town. Continue through the town and on to Ffairfach and turn right onto the A476 where after a short ride take another right onto the B4300 and on to the village of Llanarthney. On reaching Llanarthney turn left onto National Cycle Route 47. Take the next left up the lane signposted Paxtons Tower and left again up a narrow lane. It’s a bit of a push up to the top,but short. Stop for a breather at the tower lodge as there’s more climbing to come! Continue until reaching the junction with the B4297 take a right towards Maesybont and the Carmel mast. Taking care to cross the staggered junctions at Gate Road and the A476 ride on to Penygroes and left on the fast descent down the B4556 to Llandybie. Join the A483 back to Ammanford , through the town (2 sets of traffic lights) and back to the Baltic Car Park.
My wife Jan and I have ridden both routes this week. They have something for everyone and it should be a great day. As soon as I have maps will post.
Tro Gwcw. Going up. We’ll be coming down.
Descending the route on the Gwynfe side of the Black Mountain is to my mind a somewhat technical ride. The sheep and wild ponies are not a problem on the way up but can be on the way down along with the mess they leave on the road! Also, if the wind is blowing from the Northwest or North it can catch you out. Take extra care unless you’re familiar with the descent.
As the next few weeks and months pass ,it will regularly be updated with details of the venue, routes and any other interesting stuff or ideas that come to mind.
The event will be organised by myself, Huw Morris and I am based at Ammanford Depot. Any advice or guidance would be gratefully appreciated so please feel free to contribute. Don’t be shy!