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Tour de Cymru

Event - Tour of Britain
Location - The Tumble, Abergavenny
Date - 9 September 2014
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Fresh from hosting the British National Road Race Championships in June, top class cycling returns to Abergavenny this September as the town hosts the finish of the 3rd stage of the 2014 Tour of Britain.

The race has finished in Caerphilly for the past three years and has seen tens of thousands of people flock to the town and nearby Caerphilly Mountain to catch a glimpse of the action and create a superb party atmosphere.

The fans are sure to be out in force this year as well, with the riders taking on a route that will see them start out in the Mid Wales town of Newtown. 

The peleton will continue south with the road taking them through Knighton, Builth Wells and Brecon and over some tough climbs in the Brecon Beacons National Park.  The action will then culminate with a climb to the top of the Tumble Mountain above Abergavenny, a route that could suit local favourite Geraint Thomas.

The cyclists taking part will be confirmed nearer the time, but previous participants have included former world champions Thor Hushovd and Mark Cavendish, current Giro d'Italia champion Nairo Quintana  and ex-Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins.

Pedal Power

Event - Cycling, National Road Race Championships
Location - Abergavenny

Date - 26 - 29 June 2014

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This week saw British Cycling unveil the race routes of the 2014 National Road Race and Time Trial Championships.  The event will be based in Abergavenny but the routes of the various races will take in most of the Monmouthshire countryside.

The elite Men's Road Race will see household names battle it out over a tough 183km course.  Sprinter Mark Cavendish will be the defending champion, but the route might be a bit too hilly for him.  Amongst the favourites will be Tour de France champion Chris Froome and Cardiff's Geraint Thomas.

The women's road race will be held over shorter 71km course, but promises to be just as tough.  Olympic silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead will be the clear favourite.

The time trial course, based at Newport's Celtic Manor, is 40km long and is sure to feature 2012 Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins as he goes head to head with the winner of one of the 2013 Giro d'Italia time trial stages, Alex Dowsett. 

The 20km long women's time trial coast will see defending champion Joanna Rowsell attempt to defend her title against the likes of Elinor Barker and Joanna Trott.

Tour de Caerphilly

This time next week, thousands of people will start to congregate at the top Caerphilly Mountain for what is rapidly becoming one of Wales' biggest annual sporting events.  For the third year running the Tour of Britain rolls into town.

Starting in Machynlleth, stage 5 winds it way through the Elan Valley and Brecon Beacons before arriving in Caerphilly where after 150 miles of racing the riders will face one final obstacle, the infamous Caerphilly Mountain.  Not content to make the riders struggle up it once, the route takes the race around the outskirts of the town and back to the foot for another go.

It will certainly prove to be a tough conclusion to the stage, especially the second time around.

Some of the world best cyclists will be competing as they aim for the race leaders Gold Jersey as well as making the final preparations for the World Championships in Florence the following week. 

Household names such as Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish will be taking part as well as world class sprinter Alessandro Petacchi, winner of the famous Liege-Bastogne-Liege race Dan Martin and the young sensation from this year's Tour de France, the Columbian climber Nairo Quintana.

To find out more about the race, visit the Tour of Britain website

Pedal Power

Event - Tour of Britain
Location - Caerphilly
Date - 19 September 2013

With the Tour de France underway it seems that now is the perfect time to look ahead to the Tour of Britain.

The cycle race, which was re-launched in 2004, sees some of the top teams from around the globe battle it out on the roads around Britain.

And for the first time this year, Wales is home to two stages.  The first day in Wales sees the riders tackle the stunning scenery of Snowdonia with the gruelling climb up to Pen y Pass before the decent to the finish in Llanberis.

The second Welsh stage on 19 September is now one of the most popular stages of the race.

Starting in Machynlleth, the riders race through the heart of Wales and over the Brecon Beacons and on to the now legendary climb of Caerphilly Mountain, which the riders have to tackle twice.

The finish line is in the shadows of the magnificent Caerphilly Castle and this year's riders will try and emulate then World Champion, Thor Hushovd of Norway who won here in 2011 and 2012's winner Leopold König.

Who will follow in the footsteps of last year's Tour of Britain winner, Jonathan Tiernan Locke, and stake their claim for the leader's Gold jersey?

Tour de Caerphilly

Event - Tour of Britain, Stage 6, Welshpool to Caerphilly
Location - Caerphilly
Date - 14 September 2012

With the Tour de France currently winding its way through the French countryside, it's probably a good time to look ahead to our version of it.

The Tour of Britain is run over 8 stages between 9 - 16 September, but it is stage 6 that is of most interest to us.

Friday 14 September sees the riders tackle the route from Welshpool to Caerphilly.  The same stage last year was won by then world champion Thor Hushovd of Norway.  One significant difference to last year's route is that the riders will undertake two climbs of the fearsome Caerphilly mountain in the closing stages as opposed to just the once last year.  After the second climb the route takes the riders back into town for the finish in the shadows of the castle.

Take on the Dragon

Dragon RideThe biggest cycling event rolls in to Southern Wales this weekend with the 8th staging of the Wiggle Dragon Ride.  Starting from Pencoed, near Bridgend the course takes competitors out along the Golden Coast of Southern Wales before heading inland to tackle the steep climbs and fast descents of the Southern Wales Valleys and Brecon Beacons National Park.

The ride has been voted Britain's favourite Sportive by readers of "Cycling Weekly" for the last three years.

4000 hardy cyclists will compete over a choice of three different routes, a 45km course, a 120km course or the mighty Gran Forno at a mamouth 200km in distance.  The length of the course will not be the only challenge they face as the riders will have to undertake some of the most gruelling climbs in the country, including the Rhigos and the fearsome Bwlch (twice!)

The views along the route are sure to be spectacular, I only hope the riders are able to appreciate them!

Here's a video of the climb up the Bwlch to give you an idea of what the cyclists face