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The Tour of Pembrokeshire

26/04/2014 - St Davids, Pembrokeshire - Sportive

Rating: 95.6% based on 3 reviews - Rate this Event Now
Previous Years Rating: 88.9% based on 82 reviews

Previous Years Event Ratings

Rated Event: 60.000%

SteveCurry wrote:

Lovely people and places in this event marred by some organisational hiccups.


Rated Event: 85.556%

Jiri wrote:

Great event, I will take some mates over and do it again.


Rated Event: 93.333%

MelanieMiles wrote:

Overall I thought the event was well organised, very good communication and pre race information, good value for money. Excellent facilities at start/end and friendly helpful efficient staffing at registration, start/end and on feed stations. Loved the route (did the 100), an excellent challenge,made the most of the scenery, and well spaced out in terms of feed stations etc. I was very pleased that the whole route did not repeat any sections and stayed off main roads. Overall I had an amazing day and a huge personal achievement.
My overall score has been downgraded because - 1) the signposting was poor in places, not obvious enough where the routes broke off, some signs too small and obscured, there were not enough marshalls at the crucial route breaks, 2) the swipe at the top of the timed hill climb was awkward as it was still on the hill and very hard to unclip if you're going very slowly and have to wait for the single marshall to get to you, 3) the Torq energy drink did nothing for me, but that may have just been a personal preference, 4) the route was brilliant and it was great that it stayed off the main roads but there were a few places where the road surface was dreadful, there was mud and gravel and some unexpected bends! There was signage about this in some places but a few others where I, and others, were nearly caught out which were not signed. I know you can't warn us about everything and we have to take responsibility for ourselves, but on the really bad bits it would have been good to see.

One other comment, and clearly not your fault at all, but despite all messages to riders not to drop litter, there were a lot of gel wrappers etc in the road. If people live in or travel to an amazing place like Pembrokeshire to ride then they should have more respect for what they came to enjoy. If your gel came out of a pocket then the wrapper can go back in he pocket. In my opinion. But as I said, not your fault!

Thanks for an excellent day, will be back next year for another challenge.


Rated Event: 92.130%

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Really well organised on the day. Very friendly marshalls especially at the food stops. Signage spot on. And the soup at the end was just so welcome


Rated Event: 85.470%

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I rode the 64 mile loop being only 16 and without a great deal of miles in my legs. Enjoyed the ride and the weather held up well, for us doing the short loop anyway- started to rain an hour or so after we got back. After not having originally entered (missed the closing date) we were not allowed to sign on in the morning either, unlike last year. So being there we jumped into the mass start and rode anyway. My friend and I rode the first 40 odd miles with a the front bunch about 7 strong before we dropped them but they soon turned off to do the medium length loop (84 miles) anyway. One guy from this bunch was also doing the 64 so we rode as a three until the last 10 milles where it got slightly competitive and we eventually dropped this rider. My friend and I came in on the same, fastest time of 3hrs 6 mins. The organisers asked for our timing chips exitedly as we came in to which our reply was "we haven'y got any!". We were asked to come in to the HQ, were given a form to fill in and were allowed entry! I think it was very good of the organisers to be this flexible even though having specified on the website that entries had closed. And an element of trust in taking our own times was good to see also.
The event itself ran smoothly- it was well organised, well sign posted and well policed. It also turned out to be rather popular (I heard rumours of ~700 riders). I was very impressed with the head quarters which was in a large hall (I expect the riders coming back wet from the longest, 112 mile loop would have been even more impressed!). They offered hot soup to each rider when finished, a recovery drink, and a donation of £5 pound got you well earned proffessional massage- they were great!
The only negatives I can see from the event were the fact that we weren't allowed to register on the morning of the event (although this was controversial among the organisers- one saying we should have been able to) but I can see where they were coming from as everything needs to be organised number of riders in to account. Another was one or two dodgy contry lanes with a bit of loose gravel on them which had me slightly worrried but thankfully it was dry so it weren't too bad.
I would greatly recommend this sportive to any road rider, whatever their ability. With a range of route distances which will challenge all- plenty of climbs :D ..but nothing horrific. It was a good event which I will be putting in my calender well in advance for next year, as not to miss the closing date for entries!!


Rated Event: 67.710%

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My husband and myself took part together as it was our first ever cycling event. We only started road cycling to increase stamina for out MTB down hill tours and are now hooked. We rode the 64mile route in an ok time of 4hrs 20 mins. The last 10 mile took a lot out of me as I can maintain a 50 mile route well but had never gone beyond 53miles prior to the event. I learnt a lot most importantly to snack often (next time 15mile increment stages) but watch out next year. The event was very well organised, we were made to feel welcomed from the off set. A few problems with the time system and to be honest some very slow riders starting off at the mast start. We didnt start with the mass but next year it will be about time so no sitting at the back !!! Men watch out !! The hot meal was fantastic and the option for a rub down great. Out only gripe was regarding some of the back roads they were extremely bad and to be honest if we knew the condition of the roads we would have never rode on them. Very glad to get off the "farm lane" type roads and hit the smooth tar- which was fantastic. The marshalls were great. Overall a great experience although our average time of 15m/h awarded myself a silver to which I checked and was correct(although I was aiming for a gold and lost vital time during the last 10 miles) my husbanded was not awared anything - but a silver according to the criteria should have been awarded, this is too bad after you have rode all that way. Watch out next yr guys we will definately be back with much more experience since we have only been road cycling for 2 months !!!! great event better back roads next yr pls (if you can).


Rated Event: 94.350%

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This was my first sportive, I can comfortably cycle 40-50 miles but after that who knew? I like many I'm sure had a really poor run up to this event, beset by all manner of complications which meant I didn't get in any rides longer than 55 miles. I found the website really clear about the event and welcomed the e-mail explaining what to expect on the day. I found the marshalling and support on the day first class, complete with nice touches like the very kind Raynet guy in the dark blue BMW who acted as an outrider for a shattered me, as I took new hedges roundabout on my return (a somewhat less bouncy rider this time!)

Triglopet - The 'two knights in a shining mondeo' were Mike and Justin; who along with Jo are Enterprise Cycles, Neyland. They are lovely people and have been very helpful to my wife and I over the years with advice and the right equipment.

As well as posting general maps of the route on the site they also posted GPS data which was invaluable for a slow coach like me, with the field having disappeared ages ago all I had to do was keep the arrow on the purple line (god bless satnav!) Really useful when descending random lanes to know there is 90 degree bend coming!

Riders on the route were friendly and supportive.

The route was beautiful, Pembs is an awesome county and it was a privilege to ride around it. The feed stations were well stocked and for me spaced about right on the route. The route was challenging for me, somewhat of a 'join the dots' approach seemed to have been used with every significant climb they could find. A particularly mean 25% climb from Llanychaer really added fun to the mix! If you are a heavier cyclist like me don't be put off by all the hills just add some of them to your 'walking list' knowing you will overtake some of those who pass you climbing when we are on the flat heading into the wind!

I was really well looked after upon my return, very grateful they extended the timing to cover my 12mph average time, was given a recovery drink and voucher for the nicest soup I have ever tasted! I saw the massage beds being put away, but then I should have cycled faster and then I could have had a massage - shouldn't I.

Next year - I shall be lighter, better trained and will make the bronze 12.5mph and the massage!


Rated Event: 65.490%

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Great event!! Amazing ride through stunning countryside, especially the descent off the Preseli mountains. A group of 5 of us blitzed it from Fishguard to St Davids taking turns at the front, but then things disintegrated when the rain started and one of the group shot off and the rest of us lost the will to live!!
My only negative would be why not send us on the direct route to Fishguard from Llanacheyr(??) so we could have avoided that 25% climb and the hoorrendous climb from Lower Town to Fishguard!
Esspecially as we had just done the Preseli climb!


Rated Event: 98.790%

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Enjoyable ride, will be back again next year


Rated Event: 98.790%

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Fantastic event in an exceptional area of the country. Varied terrain. Well organised with friendly marshalls and organisers. Good weather! What more could you ask for. I'll be back next year!


Rated Event: 93.240%

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Great event. My first, so nothing to compare it to but hard to imagine that an event could be run much better overall. 82 mile route was about right for me, with exception of the climb out of Freshwater East which was too much by that stage of the ride. Beautiful scenery. Slight shame about the bad weather for the last 20 miles or so of my ride (can't blame the organisers for that though!) making hot food very welcome at the end. Would definitely recommend to others for next year.

One, very minor comment... there was a stretch (on the high ground before Freshwater East I think) where a few more signs would have helped confirm that the route was correct - in fact the rider in front of me actually turned back to confirm that we were on the right route. Otherwise, signage was very good.


Rated Event: 91.020%

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Rode the long route with my wife - looking at the results it looks like she was the only lady who braved the full distance.
Marshaling and signage first class. Route varied and interesting - tho' I missed a fair chunk of the scenery thanks to the rain and thick mist that descended! A hot drink at Broadhaven would have been nice as we were wet and chilly by then but otherwise food was fine.
Pre-race organisation was excellent and signing on the day before made for a relaxed ride to the HQ before the off. Would definitely consider doing this one again or at least coming back down south and exploring some more of these roads.


Rated Event: 86.580%

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Rated Event: 92.130%

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This event was unfinished business for me as last year it rained hard and I had no wet weather gear, so opted for the shorter 62 mile ride. This year I felt well prepared having done 3 rides of similar distance and then I hit Preseli, followed by the coastal bits where we dropped to sea level and climbed back inland several times. The weather struck again and I resorted to wearing a bin liner, not elegant but warmer. The signing was OK but often no warning sign and it could be difficult to tell if the sign was a turn or straight on. The feed stations were properly manned and supported (with for example a stand pump when I had a slow puncture and didn't want to change the tube), hot food at the end was a novelty as other events always seem to charge - so well done the Welsh, we may have to pay to get in but the welcome is wonderful. Thank you all.


Rated Event: 87.690%

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A real tough challenge, personally I think it's one of the hardest you can do.

Disappointed with timing system, being at the back of the mass start cost me one and a half minutes being the difference between their time and my Garmin that I started on the start line. Despite missing gold on the long route by a minute (by my time) I appear as a Merit on the short route due to a technical problem with the timing chip on the second intermediate point (Castlemartin). Bit gutting but one of those things I suppose, technology is great until it goes wrong!

Every sportive has at least one wheel sucker and he spent a good part of fifty miles behind me and others in my group and other groups. Such a shame as a bit of help would have made all the difference. Liquidgas man without a helmet, you should be ashamed!!

New HQ was great with plenty of toilets (Dragon Ride take note). Hot food at finished went down very nicely having got wet and cold.

Overall very good, the organisers should be very pleased.


Rated Event: 87.690%

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I may be biased but as a local I believe the course showed every aspect of the county and could only be improved upon by a beautiful sunny day on which to enjoy it. Which county does not have their share of coarse back roads which many complain about? Anyway I would like to thank two Knights in a shining Ford Mondeo who managed to set me on my way again after a puncture at F/Water East and a calamity with my gas bottles. Salvaged my day which was thoroughly enjoyable!!


Rated Event: 84.360%

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An excellent sportive. 3rd year ridden and it doesn't get any easier! A real test for any rider as there are no large groups to rest in, spend most of the route on my own or with one or two other riders. Very well organised, signposted and marshalled with the hot food and massage very welcome at the end. The rain between Fishguard and Castlemartin didn't help but the scenery is still spectacular.


Rated Event: 78.810%

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Rated Event: 82.140%

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Rode the 82 mile for the first time. I'd been thinking about doing this for a long time so had done about 2000 miles training since January, with lots of hills in the last couple of months. I started with a friend who was doing the 64 mile route. We left at about 8am, having watched the mass start. The thought of weaving my way through hundeeds of riders on the steep start out of Saundersfoot wasn't appealing. I'm glad we waited. The first 50 miles was a blast - I really enjoyed the terrain and had no problems with the hills (I was only passed by one person, fairly early on, but I suspect the hard crew were way up front already). There was a slow patch, though, where a bunch of cars were stuck behind quite slow riders in the lanes.

After Pembroke, the route turned west towards Freshwater West, and given a stiff westerly breeze, that was quite a slog. Just before the beach a couple of guys I'd passed earlier on the hill out of Pembroke recaught me, and I tagged on the back. Introductions were made with the joy of a tailwind at our backs, and we rolled pretty rapidly to the next feedstop. One of the pair really didn't want to stop and had to be called back as it was an intermediate timing stop. I did stop and used the facilities whilst the guys I had been with (I think numbers 566 and 567) were long gone. But, wind to the back, and the series of hills leading up to the descent into Fresh' East meant that I caught them up again. At the beginning of the climb out of Fresh' East, I remember uttering somewhat fateful words to them - "I don't think it's that long". It turned out to be much worse than I remembered - much the hardest hill I've done for years and I was grateful I'd opted for a 39 x 27 low. Shortly after the top I caught up with number 128. He turned out to be a lovely guy and an absolute powerhouse. At one point, as I had to start stuffing fig newtons in, he said "I should have mentioned I'm from Cumbria". I still managed to hang on and take some pulls and we rolled through to Tenby together in pretty rapid fashion, as the drizzle became something much wetter.

I'd forgotten about the hill out of Tenby and it was pretty wet by this point, but onwards and upwards. I caught up to my friend who was doing the 64 - who waved me on - and we finished within 2 minutes (and 20 odd miles) of each other. The descent back in to Saundersfoot was bit dicey in the wet though. The hot soup at the end was a real joy - it hadn't sounded at all appealing when the weather forecast looked warm and sunny, but when drenched it was perfect.

Marshalling and signage were great and the feed stops were well provided with resources.

My only niggle is that there appeared to be some people taking shortcuts - quite a few people I'd passed very early on were suddenly well in front of me after Broadhaven's feed stop. I didn't stop that long and had been going very well - and it was a bit odd to go past them again. Maybe there's a reasonable explanation...

Happy with my silver level (5 hours 12 mins for the 82). My Garmin said 17.1 mph average for the ride, excluding the stops.


Rated Event: 85.470%

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