This week we start our search for Britain’s toughest roads. Six are included in this issue, from Dorset right up to the Highlands of Scotland. These aren’t just climbs, these are roads that go both up and down, throw in a few twists and turns and as part of a longer ride are enough to test any rider.
Six doesn’t sound like very many, but we’ll be continuing our search later in the year. I’m hoping that’s when my suggestion gets in: the A5 in North Wales. I started riding my bike more seriously when I was at university in that area and that road is etched on my mind.
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The section from Betws-y-Coed back to Bangor was beautiful and quiet but exposed, included lots of climbing and was always windy. Long roads like that don’t offer any short-cuts home either, you either commit to getting where you’re going or face the ignominy of turning in the road, admitting defeat, and retracing your steps.
As tough as it was, I had to eat humble pie years later when Keith Butler told me of riding the London-Holyhead race that went straight up the A5. 250 miles of it in total!
Let me know what roads you think we should include.
Cycling Weekly magazine editor
In the mag this week:
Britain’s toughest roads
News: Big guns racing in Chorley
Feature: Scott Davies: his path to the top
Tech: Sunweb Giant Propel
Icons: Time trial course jargon guide
Fitness: Defying the decades
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