all climbs must be made in one day
all attempts recorded by completing Strava segment
course through breathtaking Welsh hills
approx of climbing
Bwlch x3 Cycle Challenge
2020 event details soon
A legendary Welsh mountain
Three unique, paved climbs to its summit. Smash them all - in a single day. The Bwlch x3 Challenge.
Have an unforgettable day out on the bike
Beat the Bwlch x3 and you’ll be a member of a very select club. We’re supplying the motive, means and opportunity. A guided ride with feedstation and coffee stops. Go as hard as you like but - like the causes we support - no one gets left behind.
Support two excellent causes
Llamau’s mission is to end homelessness and change futures for the young and vulnerable. We’ve seen first hand the brilliant work they do. And Headway is working to rebuild lives after serious brain injury. From cyclists to soldiers - someone is admitted to a UK hospital with a serious acquired brain injury every 90 seconds. They can both do more - with your help.
Your entry fee to the 2020 Bwlch x3 will go directly to the charities.
The event is organised free-of-charge by Cohesive Communications. We'd also encourage you to get personal or company sponsorship - that's your choice. But the basic recipe is pay up, show up, have an unforgettable day on the bike, and do some good.
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Last year, the Welsh homeless charity supported 8,669 women, young people and children to leave homelessness behind. The charity works with those most at risk – care leavers, people who have been involved with the criminal justice system, people who have experienced domestic abuse and those with chaotic and disadvantaged lifestyles.
Llamau support this highly vulnerable group with specialist care, refuge and housing, through family mediation and mental health support, and through training and work experience. Their motto is ‘never give up on anyone’.
Headway Cardiff & South East Wales
The challenge is also to raise awareness and funds for Headway Cardiff & South East Wales.
They help people affected by acquired brain injury to rebuild their lives. Acquired Brain Injury can happen to anyone, anywhere at any time. Lives can be changed in an instant.
At Headway Cardiff & South East Wales they support individuals with Acquired Brain Injury to regain their independence and help their families, friends and carers adapt to a new way of life. Their Community Services offer social groups, counselling, day trips and outreach support.
Their Independence & Wellbeing Centre is based at Rookwood Hospital and provides our service users with individual development plans, life skills workshops and social interaction.
I've been fortunate to complete the Club des Cingles challenge and add my name to the roll of those mad enough to take on the beast of Ventoux. When I did the challenge I raised money for Headway Cardiff. At the time, a work colleague of mine, who was also a cyclist, suffered a brain injury and Headway Cardiff were there to help the family. As cyclists we're probably all aware of the risks we take of head injury in the event of a crash or accident. So, I figured what better way to combine a very doable cycling challenge that also raises awareness and funds for Headway Cardiff.
The challenge relies on trust and all we're looking for is a small donation to Headway Cardiff in return for your name appearing on the Bwlchx3 leaderboard.
Good luck & enjoy.
Back in April 2018 Jason suggested this unique cycling challenge as a way to raise money for Headway. In fact his first charitable act was having me along for the ride, and cajoling me up the three amazing climbs to the top of this legendary mountain. I’ll be forever grateful because it was a day and a ride to remember. One of my best days out on a bike.
I was born in the shadow of the Bwlch which, in the lyrical and literal way that Welsh has with landscapes, simply means ‘mountain pass’. I’m an enthusiastic if modestly talented cyclist, and like many I justify my obsession by supporting charitable causes. I’d ridden the Bwlch a few different ways - as part of the well known ‘Dragon Ride’ for instance - and the idea of summiting three times in one day, by three separate climbs and for a great cause, really appealed.
For 2019, alongside the excellent Headway, we’ve added Llamau - whose cause is to end homelessness for the young and vulnerable.
So if you plan on riding Bwlch x3 and adding yourself to the Strava leaderboard, please consider donating a few quid to Llamau, Headway or both. I can tell you from experience that it’s a ride best done in great company. So organise an informal group challenge or join one of the more formal ones we’ll be staging from time to time.
Know this - if I can do it, you can. And you will not regret it. Hope to see you out on the road.