Velothon Wales continues to build momentum. Having recently confirmed Primal as its official clothing partner, alongside recently announced sponsor partners, such as law firm Eversheds and Arriva Trains, the bike event has now confirmed its route.
The organizing team note that ‘Challenging climbs, stunning scenery and iconic landmarks make up the official 140K route for Velothon Wales 2016.’
Wales’ showpiece cycling event takes place on Sunday 22 May, when up to 18,000 riders will take on the closed-road route around some of the most beautiful roads in South Wales. Cyclists have been snapping-up places for the second edition of Velothon Wales following its popular debut in 2015, and only a limited number of entries are still available.
Those ready to take on the challenge of Velothon Wales can now visit velothon-wales.co.uk and journey through the full 140K route via an innovative interactive map.
Amateur riders will once again take on the very same 140K as some of the world’s best pro teams in the UCI classified 1.1 professional road race. It starts in Cardiff city centre close to the famous Cardiff Castle and heads out to the views of the Celtic Manor Resort and the surrounding area.
Riders then tackle one of the UK’s most famous climbs, The Tumble, a 6K stretch of road with an average gradient of 9%.
After tackling The Tumble, riders will then begin their journey back towards the Welsh capital but before they finish in front of thousands of spectators in Cardiff city centre, there’s the summit of Caerphilly Mountain to reach which is sure to be a test of the legs.
Matt Newman, Chief Executive of Velothon Wales organiser Run 4 Wales, said “After detailed discussions with all the major stakeholders involved in the event, we are delighted to be able to announce the route for Velothon Wales 2016.
“We are committed to improving the level of communication with those affected by road closures and welcome feedback from residents and businesses.”
The inaugural Velothon Wales in 2015 was a hit with cyclists, bringing more than 10,000 riders of all ages abilities to the area to tackle the route. It benefitted the local economy by an estimated £2m and raised in excess of £300,000 for good causes.
Welsh Cycling Chief Executive Anne Adams-King commented, “Welsh Cycling is excited to welcome Velothon Wales back in May, with a route that will enthuse and challenge participants. We saw thousands of people take part and support each other in 2015, and hope this years’ event will once again inspire Wales to cycle.”