Bryn Du (SW #96) Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

Bryn Du (SW #96)

United Kingdom

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Climb Summary


Start of Climb - Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Tafe Province, Wales

This southern Wales climb begins in Aberdare and is extremely steep as we leave the southern edge of town to begin a pleasant 5.3 km climb just south of Brecon Beacons National Park.

Steepest segment of the climb - 500m mark @ 19%.

 The first 2.7 kilometers of this climb are at a very challenging 9% gradient.  After that, we coast to the finish at a barely discernible 1% grade.

 

800m of descent beginning at 3.1 km.

Griffith Rhys Jones - Welsh conductor of 'Côr Mawr' (presentation of the

National Flag of Wales at Aberdare on July 7, 1873)

A tip from the challenger-seekers of George Oliver Foundation:

Bryn Du leaves from the village (town?) of Aberdare and is kind of a funny one - you are in a little place with shops and schools and suddenly you are riding up this steep slope. Of course, it being a Welsh climb, it is a 7/10 climb (just like the previous 2 I had done!) and you ride over a cattle grid...

Cattle grid riding on a road bike with skinny tyres is a bit of a leap of faith - you just point the wheels at the grid, perpendicular to the bars and cross your fingers that they won't twist! Generally I think that taking them at speed kind of makes you "skip" across them quicker - 2 problems are that going up hill, speed is rarely an option and the faster you go, the more it will hurt if you fall off!”  http://100hillsforgeorge.blogspot.com/2011/04/hill-no-8-96-bryn-du-rhondda-cynon-taff.html 

 

Steepest kilometer begins at km 4.9 (6.6%)