Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)
The Devil’s Elbow epitomises the harsh beauty of hidden Wales. With its crumbling surface and neglected rusting barriers it weaves through beautifully rugged scenery presenting one of the toughest challenges of the event.
To start, leave the small village of Heol Senni, follow the river south, and begin the climb adjacent to a right-hand junction. The narrow strip of tarmac climbs and winds through twisted trees either side, easing a pinch as you cross the first of two cattle grids.
You feel like you’re in a truly isolated wilderness here as the road gradually climbs steeper up to two wicked hairpins: first sharp left and then sharp right, with a remorseless stretch in between them. Round the second hairpin and it eases to finish at the brow where the beauty of your surroundings will soon sooth any pain.
August 27, 2020
Starts steady to the first hairpin then ramps up all the way to the second. After the second switchback the slope eases. Pace yourself wisely and be rewarded by the view at the top.
June 19, 2021
Steadily ramps up towards the first hairpin - take the outside line if there's no oncoming traffic - ramps up to double digits after the first hairpin, with the gradient easing after the second. Generally a good road surface, albeit narrow in places - fortunately drivers are usually courteous and allow you to slowly grind your way up.
September 20, 2021
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