Tour of Pembrokeshire 2014 entry open

The entry for the 2014 Tour of Pembrokeshire opened on the 1st of August, entry is discounted to £20 during August and saw the usual flood of riders keen not to miss out on Pembrokeshire’s marquee cycling event.

Bianchi are supporting the 2014 event alongside event patron and local star Connie Fisher.

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Tour of Pembrokeshire 2013 report

Paul Adams It’s “the” Spring Classic of the UK Sportive calendar. Thx to the team who put it together.

2013 Tour of Pembrokeshire Event Report The 2013 Tour of Pembrokeshire was a sell out with 1100 riders making the most of beautiful blue skies and a good character building Welsh breeze amongst the hills and coastal villages of North Pembrokeshire. During the days prior to the event, the county’s roads were teeming with cyclists and there was a steady stream of cars carrying all manner of exotic two wheeled transport, the mood was one of anticipation and excitement: the 2013 Tour of Pembrokeshire had arrived.  The event had been a year in the making and the attention to detail was evident as riders arrived in St David’s and passed smoothly through registration at the Grove Hotel on Friday the 26th of April in preparation for the event next day.   The Grove Hotel St Davids On Saturday morning the 100 mile riders left Oriel y Parc at 07:00hrs, marshals, stewards and volunteers helped them through timing stage one and out onto the course with the minimum of fuss.  At 08:00hrs, the 75 mile riders started and finally they were followed by the 50 mile participants who left between 09:00hrs and 10:00hrs.  During this time the sun began to beat back some early clouds and the weather set fair for a classic day’s cycling.

Dewi Jaimangal-Jones Really well organised and a great atmosphere throughout the event. Starting the different distances off within specific time periods worked well, so lots of people doing the same distance riding together. All the helpers on the event were fantastic. 75 miles Andy Elias Fantastic course, very challenging but very well organised with friendly and helpful Marshalls. Thanks for a great day, see you next year!! 75 mile route Matt Phillips Excellent event, very helpful marshals at junctions and feed stations. Fantastic day, thank you. 100 mile route Out on the route there were professional photographers to capture the day with rider photographs available via the Tour’s website from sportysnaps.com.  In addition to this a film was being made by promotional videographers hotandfresh.co.uk, following riders around the course and charting the ups and downs of their day.   Bedd Morris   Teifi Estuary By the time everyone was out on the course the sun had really begun to shine and the riders’ thoughts soon began to turn to food.  Having a good feed-station to aim for can really help a rider get the most out of their legs and the five Tour of Pembrokeshire feed-stations really seemed to hit the spot.  As riders paused for their essential sustenance, stories were swapped and friendships forged; sunshine, good food and great company did wonders for the spirits on what was at times a gruelling course.  Each feed-station had its own character and riders often found it hard to leave, especially in the sun trap at Pontfaen in the Gwaun Valley followed as it was by one of the most testing climbs on the course.  The food provided ranged from good Pembrokeshire produce, mostly home-made, such as; ham wraps, beef faggots, boiled potatoes, dhal pasties and Welsh cakes, to the more usual mainstays of bananas, Soreen loaf and Torq bars.   Robert Evans Excellent day of cycling. A tough challenge. Pembrokeshire looking stunning. Good feed stations. We especially appreciated the Welsh cakes! Rob Evans 100miles. Lucy Baker Awesome 100 mile ride, the people and scenery were shining. Thanks to all the marshals, feed crew and event organisers. Andy Pilau I have coeliacs disease, so the boiled tatties were a saviour!! Thanks! The atmosphere on the quiet roads was really upbeat with locals and supports along the route cheering and encouraging the cyclists whilst other road users were patient and courteous.   Riders of all three routes were treated to some truly stunning views, punishing climbs and wonderful sweeping descents.  On the 50 mile route, the daunting ascent from the Gwaun Valley floor to the summit at over 900 feet above sea level caused some trepidation amongst riders.  Whilst on the 75 and 100 mile routes there was the challenging 25% climb out of Llanychaer and of course the long sapping climb up to the highest point on the Tour of Pembrokeshire, Bwlch y Gwynt at 1317 feet above sea level.  In the end all routes led back to St David’s and the welcome sight of first Ramsey Island in the distance and then the splendour of St David’s Cathedral.  A short ride through Britain’s smallest City brought the riders to the finish line at The Grove Hotel where riders’ received a rapturous reception.  The atmosphere in the finish area was magical as riders met up with their families and friends and relaxed on the lawns at the hotel and Oriel y Parc letting the afternoon sun soothe aching limbs.   Aberfelin James Morty – 50 miles – I just wanted to say thank you for another fantastic tour this year.  It was well organised and definitely well worth the travel!  It’s the second time I have done the 50 miler and I think that this year’s route whilst not easier, was definitely more straightforward to follow.  I know that Johns Friend mike also enjoyed it and said it was one of the hardest sportifs he’s done (which is definitely a compliment)!

Carl Davies 75 mile course. A lovely day, some excellent views, best feed stations I’ve ever seen and very helpful volunteers. I must remember to bring my climbing legs next year! Along with their course times riders were given a commemorative locally made wooden coaster and a much appreciated hot bowl of traditional Welsh Cawl served with bread and cheese at Oriel y Parc café.  The event, which brought over 3000 visitors to St Davids was completely embraced by the locals. Pete Rowell from Bryn Awel Bed & Breakfast:  “The Tour of Pembrokeshire Cyclo-Sportive was a resounding success for us.  As a cyclist friendly accommodation provider and for the City as a whole it attracts lots of visitors to the area to take part, spectate and support the event and gives us the chance to showcase the Peninsular.  It was great to see so many people enjoying the sunshine.  We were very pleased to support the Tour and accommodate cyclists who were taking part, all of whom have already said that they’ll be back.”   The Grove Hotel, St. Davids.

Jeff Partridge I rode with my wife this year, her first Sportive and she loved the run in to the finish through St Davids (other than the fact is was uphill !) nice local turnout and great way to chat over your day in a beer garden with safe bike parking. Brilliant. The following day for those who had travelled with their families there was a choice of an 8 or 16 mile family ride with an accompanying quiz set by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, a brilliant end to a classic sportive weekend.

Event Supporters and Suppliers Valero – www.valero.com Fred Rees Skoda – www.fred-rees.com Pembrokeshire Bikes – www.pembrokeshirebikes.co.uk Sabbath – www.sabbathbicycles.co.uk Torq – www.torqfitness.co.uk Soreen – www.soreen.com Pembrokeshire Coast National Park – www.pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk Oriel y Parc – www.orielyparc.co.uk EBS Automation – www.ebs.uk.com Gwaun Valley Meats – gwaun@btinternet.com Bowens Carpentry & Joinery –  www.pembrokeshirecarpenter.co.uk S & M Electrical – 07501 531718

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