Velothon Wales entries go on sale soon

2017 event to offer two routes on fully closed roads

Are you up for cycling Caerphilly mountain next summer? You could join 16,000 other riders at the 2017 Velothon Wales sportive, with fully closed roads and spectacular scenery promised on Sunday 9th July, 2017.

Online entries open on Thursday 13th October at midday, with British Cycling members getting 48 hour priority entry from that time. Two routes are planned – a 140km course and a new 110km route. Both will start and finish in Cardiff city centre. 

The fully closed routes will take you through some of the most stunning scenery in south Wales
The fully closed routes will take you through some of the most stunning scenery in south Wales

As a UCI-sanctioned event, some of the best pro cyclists in the world are expected to take part in the elite race, with ONE Pro Cycling, Madison Genesis and JLT Condor among the teams taking part this year.

“We are very much looking forward to welcoming cyclists of all levels to the event,” said Kevin Stewart, Managing Director of IRONMAN UK. “Velothon Wales has established itself as one of the key sportives in the UK thanks to its closed roads, challenging route and stunning scenery.”

2017 Velothon Wales routes

There are two routes on offer, 110km and 140km
There are two routes on offer, 110km and 140km

The full 140km route will be unchanged for 2017: riders will leave Cardiff to the east, heading through Newport and Usk, before entering the Breacon Beacons National Park, home of the first and legendary ‘Tumble’ climb, a 10% incline and 399m elevation over 5.1km. It is here that the riders can pit their fitness against the pros for the ‘King and Queen of the mountain’ challenge. 

Entry spots for Velothon Wales will go on sale soon
Entry spots for Velothon Wales will go on sale soon

The route then heads south via Pontypool and Newbridge on its way to Caerphilly for one final 10% climb up the stunning Caerphilly mountain over 1.2km, before finishing with a fast descent towards the finish line, in the heart of Cardiff city centre. Over the 140km course, the riders will have encountered 1,822 metres of climbing.

The shorter 110km event will follow the same course as that of the 140km, but by avoiding the testing climb of the Tumble will reduce the elevation by half to 940 metres, encouraging cyclists of all fitness levels to be part of the event.

View the 2017 Velothon Wales routes.

Further details are available at velothon-wales.co.uk and online entries will open at midday 13th October, on a first come, first served basis.

Jamie Beach

Deputy Editor, UK
Jamie's been addicted to bikes from the moment his stabilisers came off. Earliest cycling memory is the chipboard-ramp-on-bricks, but happiest one is bombing down a Mallorcan mountain pass that seemed it might never end. Always on the hunt for the perfect rain jacket, a keen collector of hats.
  • Discipline: Road, gravel
  • Preferred Terrain: Big mountains with long climbs, equally long and fast descents, the chance to get above the treeline.
  • Current Bikes: Genesis Croix de Fer, Brompton M3L
  • Dream Bike: BMC TeamMachine SLR01, Moots Routt
  • Beer of Choice: Augustiner
  • Location: Bath, Somerset, UK

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