The countdown is on to Wales’ biggest cycling sportive with just 100 days to go from today, Friday 12 February, until Velothon Wales 2016 gets under way on Sunday 22 May.
Cyclists from around the UK have been snapping-up places to take part in the 140K completely closed-road event, when up to 18,000 riders will take to the roads of South Wales. The inaugural Velothon Wales in 2015 was billed as a huge hit with cyclists, bringing more than 10,000 riders of all ages and abilities to the area to tackle the route.
In 2015, Velothon Wales benefitted the local economy by an estimated £2 million and raised in excess of £300,000 for good causes.
Matt Newman, chief executive of Velothon Wales 2016 organisers Run 4 Wales, said “An extensive amount of work has already taken place to ensure this year’s Velothon Wales will build on the success of the debut event in 2015.
“As we enter the final 100 days of preparations, everyone at Run 4 Wales is excited about delivering Wales’ biggest and best cycling sportive. We anticipated a big response from the cycling community and we are looking forward to giving a big Welsh welcome to thousands of riders from all over the UK.”
Riders will take on the very same 140K course as some of the world’s best pro teams in the UCI classified 1.1 professional road race and the final route will be confirmed later this month.
General entry places for Velothon Wales have been selling quickly. There are a limited number of spaces still remaining via www.velothon-wales.co.uk
Residents and businesses who will be affected by the road closures associated with the event will start to receive letters detailing closure times and alternative arrangements from the end of this month.
Velothon Wales is owned by Lagardère Sports and organised by the local team at Run 4 Wales. The event is now part of the IRONMAN portfolio, following IRONMAN’s acquisition of Lagardère Sports in January.
Velothon Wales is supported by Welsh Government, Cardiff Council, Newport City Council, Monmouthshire County Council, Torfaen County Borough Council and Caerphilly County Borough Council.