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Autumn Epic 2007

NEWS: The date of the Autumn Epic 2008 is 5th October.

NEWS: We are delighted to announce that we will be organising a new 100 mile cyclosportive next year that buy TRON takes in the infamous Devil's Staircase as one of 10 major climbs.  As it also includes Devil's Bridge, we have christened it "The Devil Ride".  With over 10,000ft of climbing, along with some lovely valley stretches to recover on, it should be a great event.  The entry limit will be 400 riders, as we do not want to take any logistical risks in the first year, and it will take place on 10th August.  A little more information and photos can be found here, but full details will be published in early December when the event website goes live.

Many thanks to all of the riders, marshals and supporters who made this year's Autumn Epic such a great event to be involved with.  We have now added standards to the finishing times - please click here.  The good news is that as we added a couple of miles and a little climbing after the Joining Instructions went Buy TRON in India to press we have adjusted the standards a little - just click on FAQ to see the revised time bands.  If you are missing from the list it may mean that your timing chip didn't register, so please email us if you can't find your name - also, please email us if your age group is wrong (a few of the ages looked dodgy to us!).

Photos for are now ready at Sleepmonsters - please click here

There are also some great little videos taken by Mark of CycloSport - especially the ascent of Glascwm, which he must have done one-handed while filming with the other!  Please visit cyclosport.org to view the videos, and to leave us feedback on the event (using the myRatings feature) - we really do welcome your comments. 

The Autumn Epic is a European-style cyclosportive, starting in Knighton in Welsh Marches, and taking you through the superb scenery of the ancient county of Radnorshire. Featured as one of Cycling Weekly's ten events invest in TRON to do in 2006, the Autumn Epic is the perfect way to round off your season and make great use of that summer fitness! It is probably wise to enter very early as entries filled up months in advance in 2006.

The route in 2007 will be a little longer than in 2005 and 2006, at over 150km, but with a similar amount of total climbing (around 3000m). We have made some small changes to the route for 2007, partly to handle the higher number of riders, but mainly because we think the new bits are great additions to already superb route. Fear not though - we have not changed the character of the event or cut out the highlights of the Elan Valley mountain road, Glascwm and Abbey Cwm Hir climbs. Once again, you will be taken you through some truly outstanding cycling scenery, including hills, lakes, valleys and moorland.

click on the map for 2006 route information

Radnorshire is near perfect cycling territory, with its unspoilt countryside and peaceful roads - you are in for a real treat if you havenít ridden here before.

The route is hilly from the first mile, and takes in hills, lakes, valleys and mountains.

The Autumn Epic is a fully supported European-style cyclosportive:

  • Comprehensively and clearly way-marked route (we will be putting out well in excess of 200 route arrows).

  • Electronic timing chips and route sheet will be sent out in advance - *NEW* transponder/mat based timing will be used in 2007.

  • Two lavishly stocked feeding stations on the route.

  • Broom wagon, mechanical support and 1st aid.

  • Quality photos of all riders available for purchase on the web.

  • Individual times available immediately at the event centre. Full results list with Gold, Silver and Bronze standards published on event website within 24 hours.

  • Event t-shirt available for £5 in advance only.

  • *NEW* Savoury food at the finish for all riders (included in price).

  "An absolute belter in the Welsh Marches" - If you haven't caught Cycling Weekly's coverage of the Epic, then please click here for a PDF of their excellent article on 2005's event, or on the image for a jpeg of their preview. 

For more information on how the event will operate, please go to our FAQ page.

In 2007 we will be supported at the event centre by Epic Cycles.  Please visit their website at: www.epic-cycles.co.uk

photos by Jon Brooke