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Here is Saturdays Route, should be interesting with another good head wind
CARTEN100 – ROUTE SHEET
Saturday 10th May 2014
Start at Cardiff City Stadium. Right at Traffic Lights onto B4267Leckwith Road. Left at traffic lights onto Broad Street, then Right at Roundabout, Left at Traffic Lights onto A4161, Lansdowne Road
1st exit at Roundabout, staying on A48
Culverhouse Cross Roundabout – 3rd exit, staying on A48
Pass through St. Nicholas, Bonvilston, By-pass Cowbridge
Large traffic controlled roundabout – 1st exit onto A48. Through further roundabouts staying on A48.
Large roundabout. Take 3rd exit onto A48 through Pyle.
Junction 38 roundabout. Stay on A48 to Margam
Twelve Knights Pub, Margam – Carten 100 stop for Bacon Rolls and coffee, plus other refreshments.
Continue along A48
After railway station, Left at roundabout onto Water Street, B4286. At next roundabout, 4th exit onto Afan way, A4241. Stay on A4241.
1st Exit at roundabout, rejoining A48.
For the next 10 miles there is a traffic free option, a cycle track running parallel with the road until Blackmill.
A48 crosses the river on the old M4 bridge. After bridge, left at traffic lights onto A483, Fabian Way, which runs into Swansea and along the sea front.
EASY TO MISS
The entrance to Clyne Gardens cycle track is off a pelican crossing of the A483, immediately after the pitch and putt course. If you are on the A483, then look for the golf course on your left and then stop at the pelican crossing, cross the road, and you are at the start of the cycle track. If you are on the cycle track, fork right shortly after the golf course and you will come to the pelican crossing.
Emerge from the cycletrack into a residential street. Turn left and follow the road to Woodfields Terrace. At the T-Junction, turn left onto the B4295.
EASY TO MISS
Turn right at the traffic lights, onto B4296. You will immediately pass under a low railway bridge. If you miss this turn you will be in North Gower and have no option but to retrace your steps. If you see the village sign of Penclawdd, turn around, you’ve just added 6 miles to your day!
1st exit at roundabout onto A484
1st exit at roundabout onto A484, crossing Loughor Bridge
1st exit at roundabout onto B4304.Continue over several roundabouts, staying on B4304. Pass North Dock
EASY TO MISS
After North Dock, turn left onto the Millenium Coastal Path. If you reach a rounabout signposted A484, you’ve overshot the turn by some 200 metres.
Burry Port Marina, follow the access road to the roundabout at turn left onto the B4311 Ashburnham Road.
There are plenty of places to stop for food in Burry Port. The Carten 100 stop for refreshments is at the Ship Aground Pub, on the right hand side of the B4311 immediately after the Ashburnham Hotel.
Continue along B4311.
At T-Junction turn left onto A484
Stay on A484 through Pembrey, by- passing Kidwelly, through Idole and Pibwrlwyd.
At Roundabout junction with A48, take 1st exit onto A48.
At next roundabout, turn left onto A40 – Take slip road and turn right onto B4312 – Llansteffan Road
EASY TO MISS
1st Right onto Alltycnap Road –Follow lane for 5 miles
At a burnt out pub, turn right in front for 500 metres, following by a right bend.turn left at T-Junction, onto NCN4. Follow NCN4 until it hits the A40 dual carriageway (85 miles) and take the cycle track parallel to the A40.
Take the slip road signposted St. Clears. At top of slip road, turn right – A4066 High St. After 800m take the right turn after crossing the river bridge. After a further 400m turn right.
Turn left onto A477 in Llanddowror. climb for 4 miles through the woods.
Turn right by the Sporting Chance onto B4314 to Tavarnspite.
EASY TO MISS
In Tafarnspite, Drinks station at The Alpha Inn. Carry on the B4314 for 200 metres, turn left into Ash Lane for 300 metres, turn right onto country lane, part of the Ironman route.(Seriously)
Turn left at crossroads. After 1 mile, turn left at T-junction. Lane crosses A477.
Turn right at crossroads.Follow road through Stepaside and join the A477.
Roundabout, take 1st exit on A478
Stay on A478
Tenby Sign plate fixed into stone on left hand side layby. Traditional stop off point for veterans of the ride for a photo opportunity!
Shortly after the Tenby Sign, turn left, staying on the A478. The A478 turns into the High Street as you cross Tenby’s mini roundabout overlooking the harbour. 100 metres turn left, keeping close to the sea, and descend Crackwell Street. Usually one way, closed for the CARTEN100 finish. You will see the finish arch below
CONGRATULATIONS!! – You have arrived, now pass down to the reception area in the harbour and enjoy your efforts!
Here is the link to the Carten Route
here is the revised route based upon Mikes comments
PS i don’t think there is a quiet route in to Cardiff so this is about as good as it gets.
Hope the weather forecast improves
Food please, Helen, Zara and myself
NARCAR 2014 ROUTE
All see revised route, the start has slightly changed as we will now go to Red Roses and then to St Clears on the old road, and the end of the route has also been changed to follow a different route in to Cardiff.
Any comments/changes please let me know 103 miles
Here was my day
Day started well, weather looking good, to the start for 7 no other Dynamos to be seen, so off I went. First Dynamo to be spotted was Flapjack 28 miles in going like a bat out of hell only to spotted on the next descent picking himself off the road on a bend. 31 miles in on a climb before the descent in to Newport, I could hear the tones Roger and Andrew pulling up by the side of me talking about a volcano up head must have been wishing we where still in Lanzarote, Flapjack was back in tow. We stayed together for about 10 miles and then the next big climb arrived and that was that back on my own it was good while it lasted.
First feed station came felt good so did not stop, next feed station 58 miles time to refuel, Welsh cakes very good, weather now starting to look grim, at 61 miles disaster strikes a puncture with a big bang in the rear tyre, on inspection a hole in the side wall of the tyre. So the question is what do i now, took it all apart and as someone showed before used a small plastic bag to cover the hole inside the tyre put the tube in and pumped up all holding 15 minutes later back on the road, now it is raining as well.
The next challenge is up the Bwlch and as we climbed the wetter and winder it became once i got to the cattle grid 1 mile from the top, it was getting worse and worse the water was running down the road to meet you, lots of people off their bikes pushing, the top in site I thought thank the Lord for that, once on the top the next challenge was to go down the other side as the wind was blowing everyone sideways and the rain feeling like hail stones. Next feed station in the Gwaun Valley this was a welcome site, a warm drink and off again and it rained all the way back. What an awful day.
Couple of positives my overall time was the same as last year, the course this year is 1.5miles further than last year. My moving average this year was 13.4 compared to 12.9mph last year.
This is interesting, press play and watch everyone one go around, couple of points it shows that Mike went of course the route did not go though Goodwick and how quicker James Shaw was than everyone else. it only picks up people who came close to myself so if you are not shown this is why
See you at 7, good luck to everyone
yes that is the plan
Sorry cannot make it
Thursday Morning arrived legs feeling tired after Wednesday.
The thought of riding 120 miles on the Ironman course with Roger and Andrew was not the best feeling i was getting. anyway the wind had dropped off,and off we went like a speed train as you can imagine with these 2. This lasted for about 10 miles and as the hills came or slight inclines off the back i fell this was going to be a long day.
45miles in we found the same supermarket as the day before refuel and fill up of water bottles no crisps here today as lunch has been promised once we got over the biggest climb on the island, this was next 51 miles in to the ride, top of the climb 1913ft above sea level. once in the bottom of the valley it starts to rain, (Great) 60 miles in no rain coat. it soon cleared a petrol station was found and lunch was promised.
After Roger and Andrew getting lost in the supermarket and not being able to find the exit while i was on guard duty with the bikes. Andrew appeared with bread rolls and sliced Ham and started to make the sandwiches. it beat the crisps the day before.
Off we went again every hill was now feeling painful and a lot of waiting was done by Andrew and Roger at the top of each climb or junction,one good thing i had the route in my Garmin, after a long trip back 103 miles 7hrs and 7500ft climbing my legs where wrecked, 180 miles in 2 days.
Thanks to my companions for waiting for me for most of the day.
Wednesday arrived the wind was blowing like a gale, Andrew and i set off wind behind, there is only one problem with this would have to come back in to a head wind.
After 30 miles it came up in the conversation a pee stop was required, then a head wind kicked in Andrew dragged me around, after 40 miles there was a chat about lunch, so a supermarket was spotted on the menu was a large bag of crisps and a coke nothing else to found. by this time Andrew was dragging other people up hills thinking i was on this wheel. on we moved still no toilet to be seen and then swing in to a major head wind after 60 miles it was time to find somewhere for a pee 2.5hrs after the first request, we where now on the home straight tucked in behind Andrew.
Back home 6hrs and 81 miles later 6500 ft climbing. The thought of Thursday already felt painful the plan is to do the Ironman loop from where we are staying this would clock up 122 miles.
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