Thrills, hills and hopefully no spills! High Above Hay is a gloriously scenic sportive from Hay into the Black Mountains and beyond.

Using quiet country roads riders will travel through the Welsh borderlands visiting the three counties of Powys, Monmouthshire and Herefordshire. Choose from a challenging 160km figure-of-eight or a 105km loop – still a big day out! Feed stations en-route will keep you fuelled so you can enjoy the dramatic finish to the full - a thrilling descent from the iconic and very beautiful Gospel Pass. This is Wales' highest driveable road but who would want to witness it in a car? By bike it's so much more fulfilling and you will have earned a large slab of cake by the time your back down to earth again on the banks of the Wye.

New to sportives? A sportive is a non-competitive, mass-participation cycling events. There is no ride leader but the route is very well-signposted (maps and GPS download also available if required). As well as feed stations along the route, a back-up vehicle provides emergency support and you'll receive a goody bag. It's not a race but the event is timed, so you can aim for a personal best! If you are a little daunted by the distance or just want to experience this type of event without committing yourself to the full route, why not have a go at our sportive taster ride? See A Taste of the High Life.

There are two options for this sportive, both are bookable via British Cycling.
160km Figure of Eight - £28.00
105km Circle - £24.00

On-line entry
Start and finish at Drover Cycles in Hay on Wye
Electronic timing
Event specific route markings
Fully stocked feed stations
Event Photography
Emergency Support Vehicle