A revamped VELOTHON Wales will return in 2018 on Sunday 8 July to give cycling enthusiasts another chance to ride through the stunning scenery of South Wales on closed roads.
Almost 10,000 riders got in the saddle to challenge themselves at Wales’ largest cycling sportive last month. And after an overwhelmingly positive response, VELOTHON Wales will return next year, with a host of significant changes.
Riders will once again get the opportunity to take-on the famous climbs of the Tumble and Caerphilly Mountain as the popular 140km route remains in place. But those looking for something different will be able to sign-up for a pair of brand-new, shorter routes, which will be revealed in the autumn.
Registration for the 140km route is opening soon and demand is expected to be high. All athletes who pre-register will be able to gain exclusive access to a limited number of discounted early-bird entries, priced at £65, on Wednesday 6th September - 48 hours before they go on general sale.
It is hoped VELOTHON Wales will become a permanent fixture in the Welsh sporting calendar after Run 4 Wales, the events team behind the Cardiff Half Marathon, signed an agreement with IRONMAN to manage the race through to at least 2020.
VELOTHON Wales has been an outstanding success since its inception in 2015 and we are delighted to have been given the chance to take over the running of the event by IRONMAN, who owns the global series,” said Run 4 Wales Chief Executive Matt Newman.
“VELOTHON Wales has become an iconic event in the Welsh sporting calendar and we look forward to welcoming cycling enthusiasts from across the globe to take-in our stunning scenery on a series of challenging courses.
“With our strong track-record in managing mass-participation sporting events in Wales, we feel we can add considerable local expertise to help grow the event over the next three years. There is obviously a big demand for closed-road cycling events and we want to ensure that Wales remains part of this global series.”
Oliver Schiek, Head of Operations at Ironman added, “we know that Velothon Wales is in a safe pair of hands and look forward to continuing the relationship with Run 4 Wales for the foreseeable future. The Velothon series is now an established global brand with events across Europe, Canada and Australia and we look forward to the 4th edition of the event in Wales in 2018”.
Run 4 Wales look forward to introducing a host of exciting changes, using feedback from cyclists who participated in this year’s event. The introduction of race pack postage means athletes will no longer have to arrive a day early to pick up race essentials, a new lower price will be available to those registering early and a pair of brand-new shorter routes will allow cyclists of all abilities and ambitions to get involved with the VELOTHON Wales weekend.
Run 4 Wales is the team behind a series of high profile elite and mass participation events across Wales, including the Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon which will welcome around 25,000 runners to the streets of the Welsh capital this October.