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2014 Tour of Pembrokeshire Launches

by Adam Tranter

Entry to the highly acclaimed 2014 Tour of Pembrokeshire, which has become one of the UK's classic sportives, opens at the special 'early bird' price of £20 on the 1st of August 2013.

Held on 26th April 2014 and set in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, rarely will riders be challenged by such breath-taking sea and mountain routes and rewarded with such beautiful scenery.  Much emphasis is placed on rider hospitality.

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Stunning scenery

There are three routes; 50 miles, 75 miles and 100 miles and riders may change their distance as they ride.  The routes are comprehensively signed and well marshalled and there are two mobile mechanics.  The five feed-stations are stocked with as much locally sourced, award winning, nutritious produce as possible ranging from savoury Pembrokeshire ham wraps and home-made dhal pasties to the sweeter Torq and Soreen products.

The event is centred in the historic cathedral city of St Davids, which provides the perfect base for riders, their families and friends to enjoy a weekend break.  With a range of accommodation to suit all pockets, a plethora of delightful places to eat and drink, relaxing golden sandy beaches and a host of outdoor activities, the Tour of Pembrokeshire Weekend has something for everyone especially with the increasingly popular family ride of 8 or 16 miles on the Sunday.

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Enjoying the coastal views

Connie Fisher, the Tour of Pembrokeshire's patron, has a keen interest in cycling and rode part of the route with Tour organiser Peter Walker prior to the 2013 event - she said: "I really enjoyed the afternoon, cycling is a great way to see the County and the Tour of Pembrokeshire is a fantastic event and it's for charity too so it couldn't be better."

The main beneficiaries from the event are the Wales Air Ambulance and the R.N.L.I.

The Tour of Pembrokeshire is part of the Celtic Series which includes the Tour de Conamara on the West Coast of Ireland, the Tro Bro Leon in Brittany and the Lighthouse Challenge on the Isle of Man. Riders wishing to take part in all four events will become a 'Celtic Warrior' and benefit from a reduced entry fee and exclusive specially branded kit.

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The entry will open at the special price of £20 per rider during August and if 2013 is anything to go by places will soon sell out: www.tourofpembrokeshire.co.uk