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Devil's Staircase

Devil's Staircase

Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

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Recommended by 22 out of 22 road cyclists

Tips

  • Dragon Ride

    Deep in the wilderness lies a hill that needs no introduction, the Devil’s Staircase, and it’s the opportunity to tackle this beast that will lure many to sign up for the 300km of the Dragon Devil. Be warned though, this road can devour the freshest of legs, never mind those with 190 kilometres of riding in them.

    Leaving Abergwesyn, rising gently through the isolation you reach a couple of bridges in the rocky valley then ahead the road disappears into the trees past a weathered sign warning of the upcoming perils.

    Straight away the narrow surface pitches up to 25% as you grind your way into the eerie conifers to reach a left hand bend. The road levels a little here, allowing you to catch your breath, but then it’s straight into the next incredibly tough stretch, which ends with a sharp almost unrideable 30% right-hand bend.

    After this it backs off a bit, but there’s still a good distance of very tough climbing before you can finally relax.

    • August 27, 2020

  • Katherine Moore

    Named among 99 other corking climbs in Simon Warren's 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs book, the Devil's Staircase is a stunning stretch of road in the Abergwesyn valley, mid Wales.

    With a few short and sharp hairpins that bend up to 25%, it's certainly not an easy climb! In total the climb measures only 0.8 miles (1.3 km) but what it lacks in length it certainly makes up for in intensity!

    • March 16, 2020

  • Paulo Novais

    What a view! Riding on this vale its truly magical.

    • January 19, 2019

  • Paulo Novais

    Please visit -

    • January 19, 2019

  • Maldwyn Pryse

    facebook.com/groups/765679717658078/permalink/832312894328093 here is our ride from Llyn Berwyn down Devil's Staircase but back up via the Nant yr Hwch forestry to Llyn Brianne and Soar y mynydd. Great loop for gravel or MTBs

    • June 10, 2021

  • Marcus

    Legs and lungs are screaming by the time you reach the second of two hellish switchbacks on the Devil's Staircase

    • August 3, 2021

  • European Bob

    Legendary climb. Grind up the long straight, power through the switchbacks and hang on in as it eases off towards the top.

    • August 8, 2021

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    25.1 mi
    10.0 mph
    2,050 ft
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    10.7 mph
    3,400 ft
    3,400 ft
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    10.6 mph
    3,425 ft
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    11.2 mph
    7,575 ft
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    11.6 mph
    5,175 ft
    5,175 ft
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    10.9 mph
    5,075 ft
    5,075 ft
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    11.3 mph
    4,325 ft
    4,325 ft
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    11.1 mph
    5,025 ft
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    11.2 mph
    7,575 ft
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    11.6 mph
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    9.9 mph
    4,875 ft
    4,875 ft
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    10.5 mph
    4,725 ft
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    9.9 mph
    6,900 ft
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    11.2 mph
    5,175 ft
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    11.6 mph
    5,450 ft
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    67.6 mi
    10.3 mph
    5,850 ft
    5,850 ft
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    05:33
    59.0 mi
    10.6 mph
    5,025 ft
    5,025 ft
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    76.7 mi
    10.6 mph
    6,925 ft
    6,925 ft
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    07:19
    80.7 mi
    11.0 mph
    7,125 ft
    7,125 ft
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Location: Powys, Wales, United Kingdom

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  • Distance1.21 mi
  • Uphill550 ft
  • Downhill0 ft

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