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Big Names Line Up in Support of the Tour of Pembrokeshire 2014

by Nick Gregory

The 2014 Tour of Pembrokeshire, which reached the maximum entry of 1500 riders at the end of last year, is set to be a truly memorable event - with the emphasis on a fabulous ride, local produce and a fantastic atmosphere. 

The main sponsors, who add so much to the event, will this year be Bianchi UK, Mavic UK, Sabbath Bicycles, Fred Rees Skoda, Haverfordwest and Gwaun Valley Meats and Letterston; with the main beneficiaries being The Wales Air Ambulance and The R.N.L.I. 

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Bianchi UK have nominated the event as one of only three UK sportives it will support this year, and they've made some of their fabulous bikes available for cyclists to experience on the courses. 

The famous Mavic Service Course Team, easily identified by their trademark yellow vehicles, will be travelling from France to provide mechanical support for the event which is sure to create a real Tour de France atmosphere. 

Sabbath Bicycles have generously donated one of their superb titanium bikes to the rider who achieves the most sponsorship for the event's main charities: The Wales Air Ambulance and The R.N.L.I. 

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The Tour of Pembrokeshire will take place on Saturday the 26th of April with riders leaving Oriel y Parc, St Davids between 07:00hrs - 09:00hrs, and returning to expectant supporters at The Grove Hotel, St Davids from noon onwards.  

There are three routes of 50, 75 and 100 miles, all of which take in coastal and mountain terrain, with the latter offering a gruelling 10,000 feet of climbing.  Feed-stations, providing mostly locally sourced produce, are situated at The Pendre Inn, Fishguard, the R.N.L.I. Station, Poppit Sands, The Boncath Inn, Boncath, Gwaun Villa, Pontfaen and The Jubilee Inn, Letterston. All of which will be excellent spectator points. 

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The rides are truly spectacular, with views and scenery as breath-taking as the climbs. Riders will pass through villages steeped in history and climb to the highest point in Pembrokeshire - from where the Bluestones were taken to build Stonehenge. 

The finish at The Grove Hotel this year promises to be the best ever, with food for all by Gwaun Valley Meats, a manufacturer expo and entertainment by the Burren Bicycle Band who are travelling from Ireland to ride the event and then entertain everyone afterwards. Each finisher will be presented with a Coed Cymru commemorative wooden coaster. 

An exclusive Tour of Pembrokeshire branded merino wool pullover has been produced for the event. 

For more information and to get involved visit tourofpembrokeshire.co.uk.