The countdown is on to Wales' biggest cycling sportive, with less than 100 days to go until Velothon Wales. First held in 2015, the Velothon returns to Cardiff on Sunday 22nd May.

Cyclists from around the UK and abroad have been snapping up places for the 140km event, which offers a traffic-free experience on completely closed roads. Up to 18,000 riders will take to the streets of South Wales.

The inaugural Velothon Wales in 2015 was a huge hit with cyclists, bringing more than 10,000 riders of all ages abilities to the area to tackle the stunning route. The new sportive benefitted the local economy by an estimated £2m and raised in excess of £300,000 for good causes.

The Tumble featured as a hill climb challenge on the 2015 Velothon.
The Tumble featured as a hill climb challenge on the 2015 Velothon.

Organisers have also taken steps to minimise disruption to locals along the route of the event following protests last year. Residents and businesses who will be affected by the road closures associated with the event will start to receive letters detailing closure times and alternative arrangements from the end of this month.

Matt Newman, chief executive of Velothon Wales 2016 organisers Run 4 Wales, said:

"An extensive amount of work has already taken place to ensure this year's Velothon Wales will build on the success of the debut event in 2015.

"As we enter the final 100 days of preparations, everyone at Run 4 Wales is excited about delivering Wales' biggest and best cycling sportive.

"We anticipated a big response from the cycling community and we are looking forward to giving a big Welsh welcome to thousands of riders from all over the UK."

Riders will take on the very same 140km course as some of the world's best pro teams in the UCI classified 1.1 professional road race, with the final route to be confirmed later this month.

General entry places for Velothon Wales have been selling quickly, but there are a limited number of spaces still remaining. Visit to book your place.