Cardiff, Wales



Stunning scenery, spectacular roads, challenging climbs.

There's something for every level of ability or ambition at VELOTHON Wales. 

140, 125 and 60KM routes offer cycling enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of closed road cycling, whilst taking in some of Wales' most breathtaking scenery. 

If you’re up for a challenge, this is the course for you!

Featuring the notorious Tumble and infamous Caerphilly Mountain climbs, the VELOTHON 140KM route starts and finishes in the heart of Cardiff, taking in some of Wales’ most breath-taking scenery.

Riders will leave Cardiff to the east, heading through Newport and Usk, before entering the Brecon Beacons National Park, home of the legendary Tumble climb - a highlight of the route! - and home to Velothon Wales' "King and Queen of the Mountains Challenge".

The route then heads south via Pontypool and Newbridge on its way to Caerphilly for one final climb up the stunning Caerphilly Mountain, before finishing with a fast descent towards the finish line, in the heart of Cardiff city centre.

The route hosted UCI sanctioned professional races in 2015, 16 and 17 and the atmosphere along it will leave you feeling like a Pro. The Welsh communities along the route come out in force to support - delivering a truly special atmosphere that will inspire you to the finish. 

Total climb: 1798 metres



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



New for 2018, VELOTHON 60KM is perfect for those new to cycling, keen to test their new-found fitness and experience the thrill of closed road cycling for the first time.

A point-to-point route, starting in the picturesque town of Usk in Monmouthshire (who decorated the streets with up-cycled bikes last year) and finishing in Cardiff – with a route travelling south towards Pontypool and the challenging Caerphilly Mountain, before a fast descent towards the Welsh capital and a grandstand finish on the iconic Kind Edward VII Avenue.

A drop off zone or all-day parking will be available in Usk – with a number of pre-bookable return coach transfers from Cardiff to Usk available for cyclists looking to collect their vehicles. Bikes will not be permitted on the transfer service but can be stored in a secure bike park in Cardiff until 8pm on event day. Cyclists may prefer to be dropped off in Usk before the 10am start time and be met in Cardiff by their loved ones.

Total climb: 517 meters

GPX Files

GPX and KML files for all three routes are available to download below. Please note that the VELOTHON Wales route is on fully closed roads, taking in sides of the carriageway that would usually be against oncoming traffic or unsuitable for bicycles. Do not use these GPX files to plan a ride on the route when the road is open, these are for use by participants on the day of the event. 

You are responsible for your own safety and for following the highway code if you do use these files outside of the road closures on event day.

140 GPX: Click Here

140 KMLClick Here

125 GPX: Click Here

125 KMLClick Here

60 GPX: Click Here

60 KMLClick Here