For the first time ever two rival sportives, The Iron Mountain and Tour of the Black Mountains – both stalwarts of the Welsh cycling calendar, well be held across the same weekend (July 9 & 10) as part of the annual Abergavenny Festival of Cycling.
For the last 6 years The Iron Mountain sportive has been a central fixture of the festival, serving up three distances of 25miles (family oriented road-route of North Monmouthshire), 50miles (with a glorious ascent to Tintern) and 100miler that includes a tough 3mile climb of the 1,500ft Tumble Mountain. But with the addition of The Tour of the Black Mountains (also three distances: 63, 101 and 120miles and usually held later in the year) the Abergavenny Festival of Cycling is set to become the biggest event of its kind in the country.
The entry fees – £5, £15, £25 for Iron Mountain and £15, £21, £25 for the Tour of the Black Mountains – includes full support, medals and certificates, sweep vehicles and chip timing. For entry details on all six distances and details of the full program for the Abergavenny Festival of Cycling see: www.abergavennyfestivalofcycling.co.uk