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Rider Numbers
19 28/05/2023: 77
18 28/05/2022: 61
17 04/05/2019: 71
16 13/05/2017: 42
15 09/05/2015: 72
14 24/05/2014: 50
13 25/05/2013: 62
12 26/05/2012: 24
11 28/05/2011: 19
10 07/05/2011: 37
 9  08/05/2010: 12
 8  23/05/2009: 36
 7  10/05/2008: 25
 6  05/05/2007: 65
 5  03/06/2006: 16
 4  11/06/2005: 26
 3  21/08/2004: 18
 2  17/05/2003: 39
 1  25/05/2002: 20
Peak Audax 400s
= Llanfair 400
= Plains 400

A ride across Cheshire and along the North Wales coast to Holyhead and back. This has to be my favourite Audax ride, with optional climbs of Halkyn Mountain and Sychnant Pass, counting towards the Peak Audax SR series.

We use some good quality cyclepaths. The Chester Greenway is traffic-free all the way from Mickle Trafford to Connah's Quay. Then we use the coastal path from Pensarn to Colwyn Bay via Rhyl again a surface suitable for making good Audax progress, but you will need to watch out for sand and gravel, as well as tourist and their children. Unbelievably the steepest climbs of the whole ride are encoutered on this cycle path!
One of the cycling bridges at Pen-y-clip
        <br>(photo: Roy Spilsbury, CTC Cymru)
One of the cycling bridges at Pen-y-clip
(photo: Roy Spilsbury, CTC Cymru)

Some serious flirting with the A55 takes place but it's possible to get all the way to Bangor without using the high speed dual carriageway, thanks to the 21st century cyclists bridges and Telford's 19th century road at Pen-y-ClipClip.

Bridges are a particular theme of this ride. You will encounter the Hartford Blue Bridge over the Weaver Navigation, while the Chester Greenway uses a fantastic new cyclists' bridge at Queensferry, as well as the shared railway bridge over the Dee at Hawarden. Special cyclists' facilities are in place near Saint Asaph and either side of the Pen-y-clip tunnels. And of course, you get to cycle over the historical important bridges to Anglesey, first Stevenson's Britannia Bridge then Telford's Menai Bridge. Bringing you right up to date, you will encounter Dragon Bridge over the Clwyd at Rhyl and the cable-stayed Flintshire Bridge which is spectacular at night.
Keep right on the Abergwngregin cyclepath
Keep right on the Abergwngregin cyclepath

McDonalds in Abergele is still not open through the night, so you'll have to rely on a string of 24-hour petrol stations with their coffee machines to get you back to England and Chester M56 services.
An audaxer
An audaxer's bike outside a Welsh railway station

The Church Hall at Poynton will be open at the finish from 2am until midday, so you'll have a chance for a rest before heading back home after your ride.
Ride Report (i)
Ride Report (ii)
Ride Report (iii)