Tri bryn (Three Hills)
2021 update: Local lockdowns and winter weather have meant that this 2020 competition has carried over into 2021. The good news is, the hills are all still there, they’re still as long as they were last year, and they’re waiting to be climbed. These are some of the classic cycling ascents in South Wales. You have until the end of October 2021 to complete this challenge!
This competition is you and your bike against gravity (and the stopwatch)
The climbs can be ridden as many times as you wish, provided they are solo, non-assisted efforts (no ebikes, chain gangs, mopeds etc). They do not have to be ridden in the same day, but you must complete a time for all 5 to qualify overall.
All you need is a bike and a Strava account.
Registering your times:
Simply find the segment you rode, click on the share icon (above diagram) and email to Please include your name and your club in the email. Times must be submitted within 48hrs of completion (this is to avoid ‘stock-piling’ of results until the last day of the round – this gives us a dynamic leaderboard and more competition).
Sign ups are still welcome in 2021
Just £10 to enter!
Current standings / ‘Clubhouse Leaders’
Prizes will be awarded for the overall top 3 and AG winners. Men’s and women’s:
- 17-29 Senior
- 30-39 Master
- 40-49 Vet
- 50-59 UltraVet
- Vet 60+
Regular updates, team standings and leaderboards will be broadcast on social media, using the hashtag #tribryn (a link will follow here when the first times are logged).
The all-important segments:
- A: Bwlch (from Ogmore Vale, to Treorchy) (4.47mi, 4% av, 1,033ft) KOM 16:43 QOM 21:39 Strava segment link
- B: Graigwen Climb, to Llanwonno (4.56mi, 5% av, 930ft) KOM 17:14 QOM 19:39 Strava segment link
- C: The Tumble climb (2.52mi, 9% av, 1139ft) KOM 11:34 QOM 14:19 Strava segment link
- D: Eglwysilan (1.2mi, 7.6 av, 490ft) KOM 6:04 QOM 8:42 Strava segment link
- E: It’s a long way to the top (6 miles, 3% av, 969ft) KOM 21:00 QOM 26:07 Strava segment link
Tips: Research the segments thoroughly as many climbs have multiple segments on them, with different start and finish points. Your effort must be logged on Strava – use your most reliable GPS device (or take a backup) to ensure you log the segment.
How will the results compare to those in Watopia?? Get your non-Zwifting friends involved!
Remember to fully check your bike if you’ve not ridden it for a while – if in doubt get this done by a trained mechanic or British cycling ride leader. Push the inclines, not the descents and ride within your own limits. Happy climbing!