Merlin’s Black Mountain challenge

This well-established Sportive starts and finishes at the National Botanic Garden of Wales – on Sunday June 30 – and has four distances: the Merlin, 105 miles; Emlyn, 85 miles; Cothi, 70 miles; and Druid, 50 miles. All four link together to form a terrific cycling experience for all.

The Merlin and Cothi routes take you over the infamous Black Mountain with a spot height of 1,681 feet and an alpine style descent to Llangadog with sweeping hairpin bends.

Hosted at The National Botanic Garden, with easy access off A48 and large, free car parks, full toilet and changing facilities, early morning café, post event refreshments, Cycle Show, physio facility, free entry to one family member and much more. The ride starts at 8am.

The event raises money for local health-related charities including: Wales Air Ambulance, Macmillan Cancer Support, Ty Hafan, Prince Phillip Hospital Breast Care Unit and West Wales Prostate Cancer Support.

The event is timed by Race Timing Solutions who provide an interactive service with your results posted as you finish. Entry is via the website

The National Botanic Garden is open daily from 10am to 6pm. For more information about the National Botanic Garden of Wales, go to or email or call 01558 667149.