Ruthin (Wales)

GORE BIKE WEAR Road Sportive (Saturday) followed by the Merida Bikes MTB Marathon (Sunday)

Introduced in 2008 the sportive course in Ruthin put a real challenge out there for the riders. John Lloyd the man behind the Merida MTB Marathon series and the gore bike Wear Road Sportive put years of riding and course building experience into the Ruthin round and created one of the most liked sportives of the 2008 series.

GORE BIKE WEAR Road Sportives
The Ruthin road sportive will be run on the Saturday of the event weekend with an open start from early in the morning onwards. Following the huge trend of non-competitive road events the GORE BIKE WEAR Road Sportives are trying to set themselves apart from the rest by offering a high quality event package with outstanding courses and first class support around the course plus all inclusive camping, parking, facilities, event meal and finisher present…pretty much the same deal the riders of the marathon series have been enjoying since the very beginning.

Two courses to choose from:
The Ruthin road sportives will have two courses on offer – an approx. 80-100mile and an approx.40-50mile loop. The GORE BIKE WEAR Sportives are run very similarly to the Merida marathons by being one loop events with the start and finish being in the same location as the event village, registration and event camping.

Due to legal reasons the Sportives will be started in small waves of riders at set intervals. The start will open at a certain time and will stay open for approximately 1 hour to give everybody the chance to have a relaxing start at the time of their choosing.

The courses are fully marked but every rider will get a small ‘backup map’ given in case that marking is not 100% clear or gets damaged or removed. Around the course our energy food sponsor High5 will be present with energy drinks, bars, and gels as well as with bananas and water. Alongside the energy backup, mechanics will be out there to help everybody with any technical problems. The feeding stations are normally between 25-35miles apart but should not be relied upon as the sole source of your food and drink.

Once you’ve managed to complete your ride and come over the finish line make sure you don’t just race past the commentator and the timing crew as you would miss out on your unique finisher present and on your chances of getting one of the many spot prizes that we will give away again.

Course Description

Both routes head out of historic Ruthin along the pastoral Vale of Clwyd towards the coast. The climbing starts as the route goes through the centre of Denbigh past its 13th century castle.

Moving up onto the mooreland above the town the route cuts back to pass Lyn Brenig, famous locally for its fishing and watersports. Next stop Cerrigydrudion where the two routes part company. The forty five milers heading back to Ruthin through Clawdd- Newydd.

The eighty mile route carries on to Bala and its famous lake. Back to Corwen through the town centre and over the river before taking the scenic backroads towards Llangollen.

Now comes the final challenge, the Horeseshoe Pass. Chris Boardman still holds the record for the ascent here. Topping the final miles take in a descent of the Nant y Garth Pass before the return to Ruthin.

Statistics – short course (standard sportive)
Length: approx: 45 mile
Climbing: approx. 1,200 meters

Statistics – long course (classic sportive)
Length: approx: 80 mile
Climbing: approx. 2,300 meters

Please note that all course details are approximate and that the course might vary from the details given here.
Download – Further course details (including profiles) – long sportive – PDF File: 1.2mb

Camping, registration and start time:
Camping will be available (included in the entry fee) from Friday night through to Monday morning at the Rugby Club in Ruthin. This location is only a few hundred yards away from the town centre in Ruthin which has lots of restaurants, pubs and shops and is generally a nice place to go for a stroll. So maybe make a proper weekend break out of it and if you have the time you could go to the trails in Coed Llandegla Forest for a spin before you dive into the marathon bustle.

Start times:
The GORE BIKE WEAR Road Sportive will start 8am onwards (open start till 9am) on Saturday the 19th September ’09 at the Ruthin Rugby Club in Ruthin.

Registration opening times:
Friday from 6 – 9pm
Saturday from 6am – 8pm (Please note: from 6 – 9am only road sportive riders can register)
Sunday from 7 – 9am

Entry fees:
The entry fee for the approx. 50 and 100mile long GORE BIKE WEAR Road sportive is £25 per rider.

Discount: If you enter both event at the same weekend we will give you a £10 discount on your over all entry fee.

Your entry fee for the GORE BIKE WEAR Road Sportive includes:
Ride entry
Free post event food
Free usage of service stations
Free usage of facilities
Free skills and riding tuitions (run on Saturday)
Finishing present
Free camping and parking

Location and our man on the ground:
The Ruthin Rugby Club s the location for the GORE BIKE WEAR Road Sportive (19th September) and the Merida Bikes MTB Marathon event (20thSeptember). The event will be signposted from any directions from Friday lunchtime onwards.

Besides looking after the course of the two Builth Wells event John Lloyd is also sorting things out in Ruthin. John is the main man behind the series and has developed into an expert over the last few years when it comes to the roads and trails around Ruthin. Give him a ring on 01982 552923 if you have any more specific questions.

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Helping Hands
Keep yourself fit to ride with a little help
MTB Works offers first class maintenance, and pre- and post race treatments to athletes. They provide advice on injuries, self care, stretching and maintenance routines, using a wide range of techniques from orthopaedic massage and facilitated stretching to electro-acupuncture and cryotherapy. In addition to hands-on work they also supply sports supports, taping, medicated anti-inflammatory plasters, anti-contusion liniments and advice on sports nutrition. These services will be available throughout the series – see for more.

Ruthin lies at the end of the Vale of Clwyd in Denbighshire, North Wales. Ruthin is an attractive market town with a population of about five thousand. It has good examples of Elizabethan, Georgian and Queen Anne styles of architecture, typical of North Wales. There are also Celtic and Roman remains to be found.

Since 1993 Ruthin has been twinned with Canton of Briec in Brittany. The Welsh spelling of Ruthin is Rhuthun, ‘Rhudd’ means red and ‘din’ means a city. This reflects the large amount of red sandstone that Ruthin is built upon.

From wherever you park in Ruthin, if you head uphill you find yourself in St. Peter’s Square. This hilltop town centre is unique in its rich architectural mix and lofty views of the surrounding countryside.

See for more details on Ruthin, its history and what you can do while you are there.

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