ToB Stage 4 Pen-Y-Pass Climb

by enrique   September 17, 2013  

Here's the profile for Pen-Y-Pass, the last climb for Stage 4.

http://veloviewer.com/segment/706226

It seems like the last 100 meters or so average 20%+.
Do any of you know it? If Cav gets there, will it stump him? Has the race been through here before? Big Grin

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chrisdstripes wrote:
... Stunning part of the world tho'...

As in wooded with lots of green and lots of scenery?...

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posted by enrique [1795 posts]
17th September 2013 - 21:26

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Its a bit of a pull from the lower Dee plain from Bangor-on-Dee up into Wrexham then there is a bit of a rest, flat ish!! onto Mold and then there is Gwernynydd, not nice, its long and relentless up the bypass and then it really kicks up in the last mile past the roundabout. Plus there is a bend in the last 3rd of the climb so you cant see the brow!! If I was not in the know as to when the pain would stop and riding at the pace that they do, this would be where I would be losing the will to live!!!

posted by 60kg lean keen ... [59 posts]
17th September 2013 - 22:01

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60kg lean keen climbing machine wrote:
... If I was not in the know as to when the pain would stop and riding at the pace that they do, this would be where I would be losing the will to live!!!

You really don't know how good it feels to hear it stright from someone who's ridden it... thanks!

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posted by enrique [1795 posts]
17th September 2013 - 22:59

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It felt steep walking up from the pyg, but then I turned left at the cafe and went up snowdon.

J Andrew Hill

Its a marathon, not a snickers

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posted by JAndrewHill [1229 posts]
18th September 2013 - 7:26

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the bookies are very heavily weighed towards a bunch sprint. hummmm

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posted by johnny2names [199 posts]
18th September 2013 - 8:15

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johnny2names wrote:
the bookies are very heavily weighed towards a bunch sprint. hummmm

Perhaps the bookies live in London, they probably think Llanberis is in Lincolnshire.

As well as the climbs, it will depend on how brave (or tired) the riders feel descending Llanberis Pass. If a group is away after Betws Y Coed I wouldn't bet against it, though if it's someone chasing GC then Sky would chase. And there's another tough day tomorrow, and the forecast is wet.

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posted by Simon E [2059 posts]
18th September 2013 - 8:39

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I agree - its an "anything can happen" day. Some of us will gamble on sprint, others on GC, others will save transfers. I'm not really chasing anything in standard so have just had a bit of fun and picked for the break...

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posted by chrisdstripes [1648 posts]
18th September 2013 - 8:46

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Just realised there's a battle royale going on for overall victory in this year's fantasy league - Gmancervelo and cherrypicked are separated by just 10 points! Amazing after so many races. Wig_Billy just a couple of hundred behind in third. Good luck guys...

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posted by chrisdstripes [1648 posts]
18th September 2013 - 8:48

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sounds promising lads, cant wait to watch the highlights tonite Smile
one thing's for sure, i wouldnt be confident backing cav for the win at 2:1 !!

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posted by johnny2names [199 posts]
18th September 2013 - 8:49

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Apparently they come up the A road towards Pen-Y-Pass

On the A4086

This photo is the A4086 Mille Cymru a 1000km ride in 2011

The bit before the YHA is slightly steeper but not 20%

The descent down the other side is quite fast Smile

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posted by vorsprung [295 posts]
18th September 2013 - 9:00

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Well just arrived home after watching the start in Hanley, Stoke on Trent....
Managed to speak to Wiggo, Hayman, Brailsford.

Also had a natter with Stefano Pirazzi...What a really nice guy....Nothing like the headless chicken that he appears to be on the road...

The G Fan Club...

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posted by STEVESPRO 79 [507 posts]
18th September 2013 - 10:54

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We have an eleven-man break with over a minute on the peloton, could be the one for the day. 2 of my 3 are there!

Delaplace
Madrazo
Slater
Gate
Wilkinson
Krizek
Scully
Northey
Keisse
Canola
Haussler (so close to House!)

My team is...
Wiggins, Ciolek, Elmiger, Golas, Lofqvist
Delaplace, Madrazo, House, Engoulvent

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posted by chrisdstripes [1648 posts]
18th September 2013 - 10:58

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Dammit! I dropped Haussler after three stages of inactivity! Curse him and and his over-styled eurohair.

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posted by Ghedebrav [1103 posts]
18th September 2013 - 12:57

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This is gonna be a breakaway win or a sprint Crying Crying

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3993 posts]
18th September 2013 - 14:49

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Cavendish wins

Just 10th for my team, Rubbish!!!!!!!

I took out thwaites this morning, and Ciolek nowhere!

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3993 posts]
18th September 2013 - 14:55

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Well looks like cav for me and that's it .....swapped viv for ciolek yesterday after checking the profile ...cest la vie time to get the bike ready for tomorrows ride to Caerphilly I guess At Wits End

posted by chiv30 [879 posts]
18th September 2013 - 14:56

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lucky i've still got Viviani, hopefully ciolek in top 20 somewhere? Thinking

'Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you'

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posted by livestrongnick [1849 posts]
18th September 2013 - 14:57

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2 and 5 Sad

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posted by johnny2names [199 posts]
18th September 2013 - 14:57

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None from the top 10 for me in standard, cav in purist and thats it. Sad

There are no stupid questions, just stupid people.

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posted by stumps [2847 posts]
18th September 2013 - 15:01

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3,5 so far, plus GC points here and there. Good stage for the purist teams (but not mine) I'll bet.

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posted by Ghedebrav [1103 posts]
18th September 2013 - 15:30

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enrique wrote:
It seems like the last 100 meters or so average 20%

Crap... Pen-Y- Pass wasn't tough enough! Confused

johnny2names wrote:
the bookies are very heavily weighed towards a bunch sprint. hummmm

(Sigh!) They knew better! I wonder how...

STEVESPRO 79 wrote:
... Managed to speak to Wiggo, Hayman, Brailsford... Also had a natter with Stefano Pirazzi...

That's pretty cool! What'd ya chat about? Were you dressed for the occasion?... Any pictures to share?...

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posted by enrique [1795 posts]
18th September 2013 - 15:34

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Oh sod it! Took Cav out. Then saw him tucked into the back of the sky train with the rest of his team resting behind him. My immediate thoughts were... Crap. I should know by now he takes a few days to warm to the occasion.

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posted by giff77 [1068 posts]
18th September 2013 - 16:09

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Was thinking I don't mind a sprint cos I have Cav, Ciolek and Modolo in my purists - but where the bloody hell are Ciolek and Modolo?! Knew I should've stuck Pelucchi in purist as well as standard.

Heavily reliant on Madrazo and Delaplace for points today!

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posted by chrisdstripes [1648 posts]
18th September 2013 - 16:19

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Oh, thought we were doing youth classification points still in ToB. Was expecting a full house today! Never mind.

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posted by Ghedebrav [1103 posts]
18th September 2013 - 18:12

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Results are up:

1 Mark Cavendish Omega Pharma Quick-Step 4h 45' 42''
2 Elia Viviani Cannondale 4h 45' 42''
3 Steele Von Hoff Garmin Sharp 4h 45' 42''
4 Matteo Pelucchi IAM Cycling 4h 45' 42''
5 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil Movistar 4h 45' 42''
6 Owain Doull** Great Britain 4h 45' 42''
7 Evaldas Siskevicius Sojasun 4h 45' 42''
8 Scott Thwaites Team NetApp Endura 4h 45' 42''
9 Chris Opie Team UK Youth 4h 45' 42''
10 Sam Bennett AN Post Chain Reaction 4h 45' 42''
11 Marcin Bialoblocki Team UK Youth 4h 45' 42''
12 Ian Wilkinson Team UK Youth 4h 45' 42''
13 Alex Dowsett Movistar 4h 45' 42''
14 Alessandro Bazzana UnitedHealthcare 4h 45' 42''
15 Nicolas Vereecken AN Post Chain Reaction 4h 45' 42''
16 Alexandre Blain Team Raleigh 4h 45' 42''
17 Mathew Cronshaw Team IG Sigma Sport 4h 45' 42''
18 Jack Bauer Garmin Sharp 4h 45' 42''
19 James Williamson Node 4 Giordana Racing 4h 45' 42''
20 Ian Stannard Sky Procycling 4h 45' 42''
...
28 Gerald Ciolek MTN Qhubeka 4h 45' 42''
...
33 Martin Elmiger IAM Cycling 4h 45' 42''
...
48 Sacha Modolo Bardiani Valvole CSF Inox 4h 45' 42''
...
102 Bernhard Eisel Sky Procycling 4h 55' 16'' 9' 34''

PC
1 Elia Viviani Cannondale 29
2 Gerald Ciolek MTN Qhubeka 28
3 Mark Cavendish Omega Pharma Quick-Step 25
4 Jack Bauer Garmin Sharp 23
5 Matteo Pelucchi IAM Cycling 23

KOM
1 Angel Madrazo Ruiz Movistar 34
2 Anthony Delaplace Sojasun 28
3 Michael Northey Node 4 Giordana Racing 25
4 Sean Downey AN Post Chain Reaction 16
5 Kristian House Rapha Condor JLT 12

Race results and Game results were up pretty fast today! Smile

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posted by enrique [1795 posts]
18th September 2013 - 20:42

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Can we switch the main (current or default) Competition screen to the Tour of Britain now, since we're halfway through it? When I sign in it's going to the Vuelta competition automatically...

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posted by enrique [1795 posts]
18th September 2013 - 21:12

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Travelled down from Darlington to watch them today, stood just after the feed station and picked up as many bottles as I was able to fit in my bag. Don't know who discarded it but the hot lemon&honey drink was gorgeous !

Bob

posted by Bob_k66 [16 posts]
18th September 2013 - 21:17

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I would love to know the Stats on the average speed over the different sections on Stage 4 to see how in aww I will be of the Pro's on my local roads that I ride and had the privilege of watching them on the KOM climb Llansannan.

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posted by ady [5 posts]
18th September 2013 - 21:21

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Ghedebrav wrote:
Oh, thought we were doing youth classification points still in ToB. Was expecting a full house today! Never mind.

Same!! I wanted my full house!

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3993 posts]
18th September 2013 - 21:28

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A fantastic stage yesterday - dry, lovely scenery in North Wales, tense closing KMs and Cavendish winning. What more could you want?

ady, Wouter Sybrandy and Chris Opie have been putting their times on Strava.

http://www.strava.com/activities/83281908

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posted by Simon E [2059 posts]
19th September 2013 - 9:13

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