Heritage Highways of the ISDT

This page will feature a series of articles dedicated to recording the history of some of the most popular sections of the old ISDT which often followed popular historic roads that have since either been surfaced or left to go wild.

Image - Although there are no observed hills in the INternational, there are plenty of steep hills on the course. Here is H.W. Croucher (598 Panther sc) leading W. v. Millenkovich (248 Püch), Austria, up the 1 in 3 1/2 gradient of Allt-y-Bady.

Image – Although there are no observed hills in the International, there are plenty of steep hills on the course. Here is H.W. Croucher (598 Panther sc) leading W. v. Millenkovich (248 Püch), Austria, up the 1 in 3 1/2 gradient of Allt-y-Bady.

The Allt y Badi – a famous route used for Motor Cycle trials since before the 1920’s with such events as the Reliance Trial and connects Llangollen with the Ceiriog Valley by the most direct route

image - The majority of the under - 100 cc machines found Allt-y-Bady too much for them. W. Zylaard and J.G Heusden walking up alongside their D.K.W.s ISDT 1937

image – The majority of the under – 100 cc machines found Allt-y-Bady too much for them. W. Zylaard and J.G Heusden walking up alongside their D.K.W.s ISDT 1937

Photo – #27 Mauer – Meyer with is very striking 750cc B.M.W outfit leading #78 J Swift (348cc Ariel) and #25 GC Harris (1096cc Morgan) on the descent of the Bwlch y Groes on Thursday ISDT 1933 (from Speedtracktales Archive)

Photo – #27 Mauer – Meyer with is very striking 750cc B.M.W outfit leading #78 J Swift (348cc Ariel) and #25 GC Harris (1096cc Morgan) on the descent of the Bwlch y Groes on Thursday ISDT 1933 (from Speedtracktales Archive)

Bwlch y Groes, Bwlch Eunant and Hirnant – Not only made famous by motor cycle endurance records but since it was tarmaced for a number of years was a famous feature of the Milk Race and other major cycling races.

Photo – #96 T Stewart (346cc Royal Enfield) and a non-competitor amidst some of Wales’s grandest scenery. They are climbing the famous Bwlch y Groes. ISDT 1933 (from Speedtracktales Archive)

Photo – #96 T Stewart (346cc Royal Enfield) and a non-competitor amidst some of Wales’s grandest scenery. They are climbing the famous Bwlch y Groes. ISDT 1933 (from Speedtracktales Archive)

photo – slow progress on the Gap Road. ISDT 1954

The Gap Road. A well known and used unsurfaced road crossing the Brecon Beacons (article in preparation)

Photo of the hard Cader Idris section Holland’s #133 C Van Ewijk pushes his Victoria followed by #213 T B J Stronge of Ireland with his BSA & #212 ? A Hartner of Germany with a TWN. ISDT 1954

‘Ffordd Ddu’ the old coaching / monks road over Cader Idris the second highest Mountain in Wales (article in preparation)

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