Failure to maintain the minimum speeds will result in your ride either being shortened at a designated cut off point or terminated early at the discretion of the event organisers (at such time you will be required to drop out of the event or board the sweep bus). Route cut offs are in place for the safety of all riders and the support teams out on the route. Whilst we cannot kidnap you from the roads, if you do fall behind time on your route and refuse to take the cut off, we will ask you to sign a disclaimer saying that you are riding outside the responsibility of the event, meaning you will no longer have route support (signage, stewards, motorcycle marshals, medics, feed stations). We strongly advise taking the advice of the support team on the route who work on these types of events week in week out. The Official Finish Gantry closing time is 10pm, so please aim to finish before then to receive your medal moment!
The Devil distance is arguably the toughest one-day ride in the UK, it is as tough as it gets and riders need to be prepared for a long day in the saddle:
The route features 6 x Category 5 climbs and close to 5,000m of total climbing.
There are two timed climbs (Devil’s Elbow @ 90km & Devil’s Staircase @ 190km).
6 stops at 59km, 96km, 122km, 154km, 219km & 256km. There will be a water station
Cut Off 1: Riders must get to the Gran Fondo split (138km/86 miles) by 13:45 = average speed of 20kmh/13mph.
Cut Off 2: Riders must get to Llandovery Feed Station (154km/96 miles) by 14:30 = average speed of 20kmh/13mph.