Thousands of cyclists will take to the streets of South Wales on Sunday 8th July for the 4th edition of the VELOTHON Wales.
Thousands of spectators will line the iconic route looking to catch a glimpse of their family and friends taking part in the amateur sportive.
With roads closed to facilitate the safe passage of participants, deciding on where to spectate may depend on where you live – but maps detailing road closures and advice on navigating them with diversionary routes and crossing points can be found here. Do not attempt to cross or drive on closed roads. Details on Community Events happening around the route can be found here.
The 125/140KM route leaves Cardiff to the east, heading through Newport and Usk, before the 140KM enters the Brecon Beacons National Park, home of the legendary Tumble climb – a highlight of the route! – and home to the VELOTHON Wales “King and Queen of the Mountains Challenge”. The 140KM route then heads south and meets the 125KM route near Pontypool and journeys through Newbridge en-route 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 60KM route starts in Usk, and follows the same course as the 125KM route, also bypassing the infamous Tumble climb.
The 2018 Route Map can be seen above.
Below, you'll find expected Start Times for each pen so you can be at the start line to support your loved ones.
Feed stations, where spectators often stop to cheer, are located at:
Usk - Maryport Street, Usk
Pontnewyndd (140KM only) - Ty Nant Ddu Resource Centre, Hospital Road
Top of Caerphilly Mountain - Mountain Road
|PEN LETTER||ROAD||EXPECTED START TIME|
|D||King Edward VII Avenue (North)||07:34|
|G||Museum Avenue (Mid)||08:13|
|H||City Hall Road||08:37|
|LOCATION||WHERE?||EXPECTED START TIME|
Caerleon (first riders 07:14, last riders 11:15)
Usk, Monmouthshire (first riders 08:40, last riders 12:09)
Blaenavon, Torfaen (first riders 09:34, last riders 13:14)
Pontypool (first riders 08:35, last riders 14:03)
Caerphilly Mountain (first riders 10:18, last riders 15:31)
Lisvane (10:23, last riders 15:56)
Finish Line - King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff (first riders 10:37, last riders 16:25)