STAGE 3: WALES
The port town of Fishguard is our entrance into Wales, where the riders will make the final push through hills and valleys rich in Celtic tales of dragons, leeks and sheep.
Leaving the coast at their backs, the riders will be greeted with quiet roads, winding up picturesque valleys and topping out on high mountain roads. We head North East past ancient burial chambers, ruined castles and towards the Desert of Wales, a large central area of the country so called because of its lack of roads and towns and its inaccessibility.
From here we reach the beautiful Elan Valley and the awe-inspiring Devils Staircase. Snowdonia National Park awaits, with some of the greatest climbs in the UK and home to the steepest road – Pen Llech at 40%.
The final run for the finish will include a lap of the balcony road on the Great Orme before finishing in the Victorian seaside town of Llandudno.
WALES ROUTE GUIDE
In order to prepare fully for the race, please take a look at the detailed route guide above. You can also download the GPX file here for use during the race.
THE ROUTE STAGES
The Pan Celtic Race Route has an overall distance of 1388 miles / 2236 km, with 74,797 ft / 22,798 m of elevation gain.
Stage 1 starts in the ancient heartland of Scotland, home to tartan clan warriors, the highest peaks and of course Whisky.
Stage 2 starts in Belfast which welcomes the riders and provides the gateway into the Emerald Isle, Leprechauns and Guinness.
Stage 3 starts in the port town of Fishguard, where riders will push on through hills and valleys rich in Welsh tales of dragons!