Cycling Rhiwr Road, Wales
Ride 1 mile gaining 704’ at 13.1% average grade.
Before our second trip to document the extraordinary top hill climbs in the UK, we asked Simon Warren (100 Greatest Cycling Climbs, UK) for his top 10 lists for each country and the UK overall. Simon lists Rhiwr Road as the eighth hardest bike climb in Wales, which is exactly where it sits on our Fiets Index-based list.
Rhiwr Road is a busy residential road with gradients that will have even the strongest cyclists begging for mercy. The narrow road passes a few very old pubs and restaurants and dozens of very nice homes. Drivers did not seem to take kindly to us riding our ‘pedal bikes’ up their road. Don’t let this deter you though as Rhiwr Road is a worthy climb and certainly one of the toughest in Wales. Take extreme caution on the descent - even at slow speeds, I had a few very, very close calls with careless local drivers who didn’t give an inch.
Start the climb by riding UP Station Road - you’ll know!
Turn right off Station onto Rhiwr Road at four-tenths of a mile.
Most of the views are behind you on this one - we are bordered most of the climb by buildings or trees.
There is a quarter-mile segment from 0.25 - 0.50 that averages 18.6%.
Tree tunnel just at the end of a tenth mile 21% grade . . .
But . . it’s followed by another tenth at 19%. 😥