Velothon Wales will return to the roads of South Wales on Sunday 8th July 2018. The event will once again welcome up to 15,000 recreational cyclists and charity fundraisers, as well as some of the world’s best cyclists. Whether you want to take part or cheer along, this is fantastic event with the beautiful backdrop of Caerphilly is an exciting date in the Caerphilly event calendar!
The 2018 event will see a host of exciting changes, including enhanced event experience, a new celebratory food and drink zone at the finish and race pack postage included – meaning athletes no longer have to arrive a day early to pick up race essentials.
Athletes no longer have to arrive a day early to pick up race essentials.
Keen riders will once again take on the fearsome climbs up the Tumble and Caerphilly Mountain on the VELOTHON Wales 140km course. But budding cyclists can now get a flavour of the event over a pair of less challenging routes.
A 125km route will offer cyclists the full experience, but the with notorious category two Tumble hill climb bypassed – significantly reducing climbing.
A point-to-point 60km route will start in the picturesque town of Usk, who decorated the streets with up-cycled bikes last year, before bypassing the Tumble and heading down through Pontypool and Newbridge. Riders will then tackle the only challenging climb of the course up Caerphilly Mountain before a sprint finish through the heart of Cardiff city centre.
Disruption will be minimised as both shorter routes will take place along the same closed roads as those used for the 140km race. A limited number of cyclists taking part in the 60km route will be able to purchase a return coach transfer for £5, to get them back to their parked cars in Usk whilst their bikes are stored in a free, secure bike park in Cardiff.
Riders can secure their place on the start-line for the 125km route for £62 while the 60km route is priced at only £45. Entries will be limited to 1500 in the 125 and 1000 in the 60, so cyclists are encouraged to register now at www.velothon.com/wales. A limited number of discounted early bird entries for the 140km route also remain, but are expected to sell out soon.
We want VELOTHON Wales to appeal to everyone, whatever their goal or level of fitness.
VELOTHON 125KM offers a great day out on the bike – with unrivaled crowd support creating a carnival atmosphere along traffic-free roads. The notorious Tumble hill climb that features on the 140KM route is bypassed, leaving climbing significantly reduced.
Cyclists will leave Cardiff to the east, heading through Newport and Usk before turning south towards Pontypool and Newbridge on the way to Caerphilly for the only significant climb up the stunning Caerphilly Mountain. The course ends with a fast descent towards the finish line in Cardiff city-centre and a grandstand finish along the iconic King Edward VII Avenue – finish line to the 2017 Tour of Britain.
Total climb: 1398 meters