Organisers of the Tour of Pembrokeshire sportive have announced that this year's event will be replaced with a virtual ride.

The popular sportive was originally scheduled for 16 May, then postponed until 10 October when coronavirus restrictions were first imposed. However, the organisers have now decided to cancel this year's sportive entirely, replacing it with a virtual ride.

"We wanted to do something positive after the disappointment of cancelling, and being able to help disadvantaged farmers is very close to our heart," said organiser Peter Walker.

"Whether you're a rider, a marshal or a supporter you can get involved. We've been working hard to try and recreate the experience of riding the Tour as much as we can by building a forum-based website so visitors can interact by uploading pictures and text."

Take on the Virtual Tour of Pembrokeshire and win a pair of new wheels.
Take on the Virtual Tour of Pembrokeshire and win a pair of new wheels.

The Virtual Tour of Pembrokeshire will launch on Saturday 16 May, with riders able to take part online or on the roads subject to government guidance.

Just like the usual event, which offers a choice of courses ranging from 23 to 103 miles, riders can opt to complete different distances.

Participants will be invited to raise funds for farming charity the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI). The rider who raises the highest total will win a set of wheels donated by Mavic UK.

Meanwhile, the date for next year's Tour has been confirmed as Saturday 15 May 2021 at Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi in St Davids.

For more details and to sign up for the Virtual Tour, visit the event website at