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SNOWDONIA

A deep winter adventure in one of the UK’s most dramatic landscapes

TEST RIDE

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The word ‘epic’ is overused, but if there’s one area that deserves the label, it’s North Wales, and Specifically Snowdonia National Park. It can claim some of the biggest and most dramatic landscapes in the UK, towering peaks rising above you on all sides, including Snowdon itself, the highest mountain in England and Wales with its summit at 1,085m.

While summer might feel like the best time of year to tackle a killer loop, we had different ideas. Looking to test our four-season bikes to their limits, we headed deep into Snowdonia on a breezy January day to attempt a testing route with an impressive amount of climbing. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

How do you make a tough ride tougher? Invite the British Hill Climb champion to guide you around the route! Dan Evans finished a dominant 2017 season by taking the title on Hedley Hill, Northumberland, in October. North Wales is his home and the roads of Snowdonia his training ground. Meeting at Betws y Coed, a picturesque small town that makes a great starting location, we’re also joined by Tom Brazier a local racer for Team Synergy. Any thoughts of a ‘gentle ride’ were out of the window before we even set of, as BikesEtc’s Mat Page recalls…

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