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The Tour of Pembrokeshire is Back For a Tenth Year

by Peter Walker

The Tour of Pembrokeshire is in its tenth year and to celebrate, four fantastic new routes have been developed to provide two challenging days of cycling on the 20th and 21st May 2017 in the breath-taking Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

Starting and finishing at Crug Glas Country House Hotel near St Davids, cyclists attending the Saturday event will be able to take on either The Fred Rees Skoda 60 mile, The Mavic 80 mile or the incredible Paul Ties 130 mile routes.  Each of these routes incorporates the high places which have become a staple of the Tour, along with the addition of great coastal views through Solva, past the golden sands at Newgale and the pretty villages of Abercastle and Trefin after Fishguard.  In its most extreme, The Tour will traverse over 130 miles and climb for almost 14,000 feet as it passes through the feed-stations at Maenclochog and Gelli Fawr in The Gwaun Valley along the Bluestone Brewery Loop in the Preseli Hills.


The routes increase in difficulty in tandem with distance and they share many features in addition to the wonderful scenery; harsh, sharp climbs, swooping descents and usually a south-westerly breeze!  The Tour of Pembrokeshire showcases the very best that Pembrokeshire has to offer including carefully selected locally sourced home-made food at the feed-stations, start and finish, a true warm Welsh welcome provided by the supporters in the villages and a magical atmosphere, especially at the party afterwards.

Continental Tyres will be sponsoring a timed hill climb section a few miles from the finish. The Stop and Call Hill Climb is sure to be a hot spot for spectators to cheer on the efforts of the 2017 Tour participants, bringing an Alpine climb atmosphere to Pembrokeshire.


On Sunday the 21st of May 2017 the Crug Glas 40 mile route will attract a broad spectrum of riders including families and those from the previous day's event wishing to stretch their legs and enjoy a relaxed recovery ride.

The Tour was described by Chris Boardman MBE who rode it in 2015 as a 'superb, really enjoyable event.'  In 2017 the Tour patron, who will also be riding, is Tori James the adventurer and the first Welsh woman to climb Everest.

The Tour of Pembrokeshire supports, The Paul Sartori Foundation, The R.N.L.I., The Wales Air Ambulance, Rotary, The A.T.C. and other local charities.

If you fancy getting involved to ride, support or volunteer to help out just visit tourofpembrokeshire.co.uk.  If you'd like to sponsor the event or promote your business, look for the 'sponsor' tab on the website.





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