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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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?
Event - Tour of Britain, Stage 6, Welshpool to
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.