There’s something truly wonderful about cycling uphill; the astounding views, mountainous scenery, and sense of achievement when reaching the top. However, with possibly thousands of hills to cycle across Wales, it’s hard to know which one to try first.
To uncover Wales’ most popular cycling climb ProBikeKit, the home of online road cycling, used Simon Warren’s 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs and Another 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs in Britain to identify the top five.
Strava data was then used to see how many people have climbed a particular hill and the total attempts, the climb’s popularity was then ranked by the number of attempts per person.
So, let’s take a look at how we do here in Wales, and let’s be honest, we are really spoilt for choice when it comes to hill climbs.
Wales Top Five Most Popular Cycling Climbs:
In fifth place is CAERPHILLY MOUNTAIN.This is a short but challenging ride at an average of 8.3% gradient. It may feel like you’re pedalling through treacle but the awaiting descent will make it all worthwhile.
HORSESHOE PASS in Denbighshire has claimed fourth position. If you’re fortunate enough to catch the weather on a good day, the 6.4km ascent and subsequent descent through North Wales is undeniably spectacular.
The third spot goes to RHIGOS in Rhondda Cynon Taff. This hill in South Wales offers panoramic views of the Brecon Beacons. Although a bit of a slow burner to begin with, it rises into a spectacular climb.
Second place goes to THE SHELF, Denbighshire. This climb, on the edge of Ruthin, is made up of mixed terrain, making it a popular summer ride, however once at the top you’re greeted with knockout views of North Wales. With over 20,000 attempts uploaded to Strava, it would seem this ride is quite popular.
Claiming victory is THE BWLCH in Bridgend. This is one of the longest climbs in South Wales, boasting well-engineered switchbacks, a steady gradient, and uninterrupted views to the south, east and west.
To see the complete breakdown of climbs across Britain just head over to the full guide HERE.
And for the 100 Climbs rundown go HERE.