VELOTHON Wales is a closed road cycling sportive, taking place across South East Wales.
The event offers amateur cyclists a choice of routes, either 140KM, 125KM or 60KM. The 140km is a challenging route, which incorporates 2 iconic and challenging climbs, "The Tumble" and "Caerphilly Mountain". The 125KM route is similar to the 140KM but bypasses The Tumble climb. The 60KM is a point-to-point route, starting in Usk and finishing in Cardiff.
Date: Sunday 8th July 2018
Location: Cardiff, South Wales, CF10 3ND
|Total Climb||1822m / 5990ft||1398m / 4586ft||517m / 1696ft|
|Price||£69 (Early Bird £65)||£62||£45|
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A VELOTHON is a closed road cycling sportive that provides you with the ultimate opportunity to challenge yourself on traffic free roads. Ride some of the most stunning courses in the world with thousands of spectators cheering you on.
The VELOTHON series consists of multiple races across the globe in Wales, Berlin, Hamburg, Stockholm, Edmonton and Sunshine Coast. It drew over 50,000 participants in 2017.Back to top
The following bike(s) are forbidden at VELOTHON Wales – bikes with disc wheels, handlebar extensions, recumbent bicycles, electronic bikes of any kind, fixed gear bikes / single speeds / fixies (allowed with two independent brakes and a free hub), any attachment parts that endanger other riders (e.g. kick stands that stick out), bike trailers, child seats, bottle cages under or behind the saddle, drinking bottles that are made of non-breakable or hard materials like aluminium or hard plastic. Riders wishing to take part on a tandem together will need to enter each competitor individually and pay the applicable fee.
Disc brakes are currently legal to use during the event however we are subject to UCI rules and we are subject to any change they make.
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.
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.
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.
Route maps can be viewed here.
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VELOTHON 140 - 140km / 87 miles
VELOTHON 125 - 125km/77.6 miles
VELOTHON 60 - 60km/37.2 milesBack to top
When you enter you will have the opportunity to enter a team name on the first page of the registration process and create a password; subsequent team registrants will be able to locate the team and add themselves using the password.
If you want to join a team after you have registered, you will need to follow the steps below:
1. Go to https://myevents.active.com and log in
2. Find your registration to Velothon Wales
3. Click on either Create a Team or Join a Team
In order to ensure the roads are clear in time for roads to safely re-open within the agreed time frames with local authorities, a number of ‘sweep vehicles’ will travel the entire route at 19km per hour (12 miles per hour). If you are caught by this convoy of vehicles, you will be required to withdraw from the event to ensure the roads are clear for the start of the pro race. The vehicles will then take you and your bike back to the start / finish area in Cardiff city centre.
As long as you are on target to finish the 140k event in less than 7 hours and 30 minutes, you should not come into contact with the sweep vehicles at any point. Even the last person to cross the start line will have this full allocation of time available to reach the finish line.Back to top
The minimum age to participate is 16 years old but anyone under the age of 18 on race day must have the waiver signed by a parent or guardian.Back to top
Yes you can. If you have incorrectly inputted your estimated completion time or you would like to change the time you indicated when you registered, visit your account on Active (you would have set this up upon registration) via https://myevents.active.com/login.jsf. You have until the start times are allocated to make this correction.Back to top
As outlined in the terms and conditions displayed on our website and signed when entering the race, a participant may withdraw free-of-charge up to two weeks after payment of the event fee. Notice of withdrawal from the event must be communicated by emailing stating clearly the desire to withdraw and putting the word WITHDRAWAL in the subject line of the email. Withdrawals will not be accepted by telephone. After the expiry of the two-week post payment period, the entry fee will not be refunded. The 8% processing fee which is added onto the entry fee (and any extra items you purchase at point of entry) is non-refundable.
Participants will be able to transfer their entry to another participant up until May, 25 2018 (at midday). Any transfer to another participant will be subject to a transfer fee of £7.50. Transfers are conducted through the online entry system by the withdrawing participant and the new participant. The new participant will pay the relevant fees through the entry system and once complete, the withdrawing participant will automatically receive their refund from the entry system minus the transfer fee. No transfers will be possible for participants withdrawing after midday on May 25 2018.
Entries cannot be deferred to the following year nor to any other event. For more details on our policies please see here.Back to top
Transfers between race distances can be made online up until May 25 2018 (at midday) or until the event the athlete wishes to transfer into has sold out. Any transfer between distances will be subject to a transfer fee of £7.50.
If you decide to upgrade your event to a longer distance and space is available, you will need to pay the difference in entry fees. If you decide to downgrade your event to a shorter distance and space is available, unfortunately we are not able to refund the difference in entry fees.
If you would like to transfer between race distances please log in to your MyEvents Portal and select Change Event Category
Please be aware that you cannot transfer to a sold out event.
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Every sporting event relies on the amazing contribution from volunteers to give their time to assist the event with managing athletes as they arrive, register, race and then leave. To become part of the VELOTHON Wales team please register here.Back to top
While some areas are closed to spectators for safety reasons, there will be many spots to spectate. More information can be found here.Back to top
Yes, race packs will be posted to all participants ahead of event day. Race packs will include rider number, bike plate and timing chip.
Overseas entrants will need to collect their packs in person from the Expo in Cardiff, on Saturday 7th July between 10am - 6pm - and bring along a copy of their confirmation email.Back to top
This information can only be provided nearer to the event, we will email you to let you know your exact start time.Back to top
The Start and Finish of the event, as well as the race village and expo will be based in the heart of Cardiff City Centre, close to City Hall, Cardiff Crown Court, the National Museum and the University.
Instructions for participants will be sent out closer to the event. The race will start/finish in the heart of Cardiff City centre.
In order to ensure the safety of all of our competitors, roads will be completely closed for the duration of the event. We are working closely with local authorities to finalise details, including precise timings and diversions, which will be available to view on our website closer to the event.
An event format change for 2018 will significantly reduce road closure timings. Affected businesses and residents will be contacted direct, provided with a preview of the route and invited to get in contact if they have any arrangements that will be affected by road closures.
Anyone with particular transportation challenges on that day are encouraged to call 02921 660 790 or email so the road access team can do their best to assist with queries.
More information on road closures can be found here.Back to top
Feed stations are designated points on the race route where competitors can stop to use toilet facilities and to re-fuel, with various food and drink options available. Organisers are putting together the final details of where the feed stations will be located and what the offer will be at each location. These provisional locations are displayed on the route map. Mechanical and medical support will also be available at the race village and on the route. The precise detail of this will be announced as soon as it is ready.Back to top
Nothing you wear can obscure your vision or hearing and you must wear a helmet at all times. Anything that could pose a risk to other participants, detach at speed or get caught in the moving parts of your bicycle will not be permitted.Back to top
The route will be closed to traffic, including cycles that are not participating in the event. Dedicated crossing points and diversions will be in place. Please consult road closure information or seek permission from a traffic marshal before crossing any part of the route.Back to top
If you have a specific enquiry related to road closures that is not answered on our Road Closure Information page, you can call 02921 660 790 or email and the team will be happy to help.Back to top
Please follow this link to explore the various parking options in Cardiff, where the race will start and finish: Click here
If you are driving, please leave plenty of time to get to the event and please visit the road closure section of the website to fully understand which routes into the city will be closed. We discourage competitors from driving to the event on the day due to the number of challenges you may face in getting into the city due to the road closures that will be in place to facilitate the event. There is a wide range of accommodation options in South Wales for all budgets. The following websites provide useful information about accommodation in Wales, Cardiff and the surrounding areas:
Public transport will operate as normal where possible with diversions put in place. Inevitably, some services will be reduced or suspended if they cannot get around road closures. Further information will be communicated by transport providers closer to the event.Back to top
While the route will be designed to keep restrictions to a minimum, some people will need to make alternatives parking plans during the event. Any cars parked on the route after parking instructions are implemented will be removed.Back to top
VELOTHON Wales will be showing a highlights programme after the race. More details and exact schedules/timings will be announced in due course.Back to top
Let us know if your area is planning a community event on the day of VELOTHON Wales.Back to top
Should you have any questions that aren’t addressed in the FAQ’s please contact us at and our team will be happy to assist. Further information will be detailed in the athlete guide closer to the event,Back to top