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The Tour of Pembrokeshire is centred at Crug Glas Country House Hotel near St Davids (SA62 6XX) and will take place just after the Spring Classics on Saturday the 18th May 2019. It is established as a must-do event for sportive riders in the UK and from Ireland and Europe and it is linked with the Tour of Brittany Sportive; Tro Bro Leon.
This will be the 13th Tour of Pembrokeshire and due to the popularity of the routes created for 2018 we’ve agreed to keep them the same for 2019. We’ve also decided to drop the rounded-off distances and simply allocate each route with a name with the precise distance and ascent displayed in brackets.
The Paul Sartori was especially successful with families in 2018 and it also encouraged riders to take part who were recovering from illness or who wanted to experience the event but had felt it might be too advanced for them.
The Lloyd Motors Volvo route provides riders with the chance to climb to the highest point in Pembrokeshire, making it a true classic.
Bullfinch Cycles hand-build their frames and bikes in Solihull and their route really suits the superb comfort and performance their craftsmanship achieves.
The Paul Ties route is regarded as one of the toughest and most enjoyable sportive rides in the UK, it is always the best attended.
The Continental Tyres’ Hill Climb challenges riders on the three longer routes. It’s a half mile climb which touches 25% and there’ll be plenty of encouragement from the local supporters. If you’re really lucky, you’ll have SambaDoc to get you off to a great start towards your chance to win a prize.
To help everyone feel included in the weekend and throughout the season, riders and their family and friends can also enjoy Pembrokeshire from the water, with our adventure partners; Preseli Venture provide wonderful coasteering, sea-kayaking or surfing experiences and Falcon Boats will take you on a wildlife trip that will be a memorable highlight of your visit. You can obtain vouchers offering special pricing throughout the season when you sign up.
The Tour of Pembrokeshire Weekend really encapsulates all that’s great about being in the UK’s only coastal national park. Whether you’re cycling quiet country roads with challenging climbs and swooping descents or at sea enjoying the scenery, flora and wildlife, it is all breath-taking.
Simon Warren, author of 100 Climbs will be giving a talk in the evening on Friday 17th May and riders will be able to accompany him on The Paul Ties’ the next day. Also on Friday, Bullfinch Cycles will be demonstrating their frame building techniques and riders will have the opportunity to test ride these fabulous bikes.
It’s no surprise that the Tour has some big name sponsors and was described by Chris Boardman MBE, who rode it in 2015 as a superb, really enjoyable event.
Enter today and start planning your trip, we’ll keep you informed about the Prologue Ride event when Eddie Butler will be one of our guests and also the dates of our ride-outs, which will give you chance to familiarise yourself with the routes and enjoy some good company.