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R400
This Perm can be ridden on any date other than 28-29 May 2022 when it clashes with the Calendar version.

Please note that this Perm is a Brevet Randonneur (BR) and not a Brevet Randonneur Mondiaux (BRM). That means it cannot be used as a PBP qualifier, nor for those ACP awards that require a BRM event.

That rare type of event; a four hundred km Audax ride in Wales without AAA points! This is a fairly easy ride from Poynton to Holyhead and back. Easy, that is, apart from it being a 250 mile bike ride

eBrevet This Perm can be ridden with the eBrevet. This 400km Perm is a ride across Cheshire and along the North Wales coast to Holyhead and back. Only 2 major climbs are encountered, with the first at 83km onto 263m Halkyn Mountain to avoid the mainly dual carriageway through Mostyn, the second, 158m over Sychnant Pass at 142km to avoid the coast road between Conwy and Pemmaenmawr.

We use some high quality cyclepaths. The Chester Greenway is traffic-free all the way from Mickle Trafford to Connah's Quay with a good quality surface. Then we use the coastal path from Llandulas to Rhos-on-sea instead of riding through Colwyn Bay with again a surface suitable for making Audax progress, but you will need to watch out for sand and gravel. Unbelievably the steepest climbs of the whole ride are encountered on this cyclepath!

Some serious flirting with the A55 takes place but it's now 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-Clip.

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 the modern Dee cable-stayed bridge on the way back.
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)

There are 24 hour eating opportunities at Abergele, Chester services (M56) and Lymm services (M6) so you are recommended to time your ride to undertake the Abergele-Lymm section overnight, where the navigation is also remarkably easy.

On a more poignant note, the route takes you past the scene of the tragic incident where 4 Rhyl CC riders were killed by an out-of-control vehicle on a Sunday club run in 2006. There is a memorial at the site, on the A547 just after the Abergele control (on the right just after the 2nd turning to the right).

On a more poignant note, the route takes you past the scene of the tragic incident where 4 Rhyl CC riders were killed by an out-of-control vehicle on a Sunday club run in 2006. There is a memorial at the site, on the A547 just after the Abergele control (on the right just after the 2nd turning to the right).

If 400kms seems a long way to ride all in one go (and it is!) then you can ride as a 200km Perms, either as the Poynton-Holyhead or the Holyhead-Poynton . You could also ride it as Holyhead-Prestatyn-Holyhead 200 or St Asaph 200 , as per the diagram below:
An audaxer
An audaxer's bike outside a Welsh railway station
Elementary 50
Chirk 200 Perm
Llanfair PG 200
Monty 300
Llanfair PG 400
Kirtons 600
If you like this ride, you may wish to try
another of the Wigley Perms from Poynton.

Wigley Perms are also available with
starts from Dean Row , Stalybridge and Uppermill .
eBrevet Some Useful Café Suggestions:

77km: Connahs Quay, Corner cafe
125km: North Wales, plenty of cafes between Abergele, Pensarn, Colwyn Bay and Rhos-on-Sea
294km: Abergele, McDonalds and Petrol Station (24 hours)
356km: Elton, Chester M56 services
380km: Lymm, Popular 2000 M56/M6 services
Ride Report (i)
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Rider Numbers
12 2021: 4
11 2020: 2
10 2019: 2
9 2018: 9
8 2017: 7
7 2016: 4
6 2015: 0
5 2014: 4
4 2013: 6
3 2012: 5
2 2011: 5
1 2010: 2

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