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Transfer 1: Warm-up jog up and just over the summit to the gate

Stage 1: Zig-Zags – Straight into the action with an initial technical descent followed by gradually steepening descent and finishing on the technical zig-zag section. 800m @ -18% average. Strava record 2:35 (Matt Knowles 2020 Cilcain Mountain Race time trial)

Transfer 2: Short traverse and climb up to the wall line

Stage 2: Wall Line – Grassy single gradually receeding climb following wall line.

Transfer 3: Longer transfer along the forest track and up the first section of the east ridge to the distinct saddle.

Stage 3: Spitting Lung – Full gas blast up the top section of ridge to the summit plateau. 400m @ 20%. Strava record 3:07 (Michael Chevasco 2014).

Transfer 4: Short descent down the main track

Stage 4: Traverse of the Gods – Glorious trod through the heather traversing the south west bowl of Moel Famau. 700m @ -7%. Strava record 3:25 (Simo Caps during Sheeptracks 2019 Recce!)

Transfer 5: Short descent to the Pwll-y-Rhos

Stage 5: Nant Gain – Long gradual descent with steep finish down to stream. 1km @ -13%. Strava record 3:42 (Michael Corrales 2016)

Transfer 6: Climb up bridleway up towards Pen Line Gate

Stage 6: Moel Dywyll Traverse – Long gradual climbing traverse. 1.5km @ 3%. Strava record 6:28 (Chris Holdsworth 2017).

Transfer 7: Short hop over the ridge and descend into the Nant y Ne

Stage 7: The Gully – short steep scramble up Stony Gully. 400m @ 24%. Strava record 3:39 (Tom Wood 2019).

Transfer 8: Back down the main track for few hundred meters.

Stage 8: Moel y Gaer – Superb initial singletrack leads down to the old Hill Fort – narrow with technical sections throughout. From the summit you plunge straight down the nose – steep, tight trod through gorse and bracken. 1.6km @ -16%. Strava record 7:16 (Simon Edwards 2019).

Transfer 9: Slog back up the grassy spur towards Bwlch Penbarras

Stage 9: Buteo Buteo – Initial fight through bracken drops you over the spur onto a descending traverse. Narrow, technical in places. 600m @ -5%. Strava record 3:14 (Gavin Roberts 2019 – Sheeptracks)

Transfer 10: Climb back up to the carpark and up onto the old launch site above it.

Stage 10: No Brakes – Initial traverse across the heather leads to the plummet finish. 400m @ -19%. Strava record 2:01 (John Rolton 2023)

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