Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)
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
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