Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)
Heading east to west on the B4287 from Pontrhydyfen to Neath, Sardis Hill kicks up from the junction with Ton Mawr Road and within a hundred metres hits around 14%. The pitch of the slope is further accentuated by the tall brick walls either side which are remnants of an abandoned railway bridge.
Continuing to rise harshly past a couple of houses it’s not too long before you reach the gentle middle section. Take the chance to catch your breath here as before you know it the second ramp arrives to take you to the top.
Longer than the first hard stretch but not quite as steep it begins abruptly then fades as you approach the summit. Passing over a small bridge, the trees either side recede and the houses of Cimla begin before you arrive at the top at the small crossroads.
August 27, 2020
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