The 2017 Velothon Wales will take place on Sunday 9th July 2017 and online entries will open on Thursday 13th October at midday, the event's organisers confirmed today. The sportive will also see a new 110km course on offer, in addition to the 140km standard route.

The Velothon Wales 2017 will be the third year of the closed road event, one of the rare opportunities to ride without any traffic during the UK sportive calendar. Around 18,000 peple are expected to ride in the Velothon.

The 110km route will avoid the climb of The Tumble and will cut out nearly 950 metres of climbing that those doing the 140km have to face. However both routes will take in the Caerphilly hill, a short but sharp climb towards the end of the sportive.

Kevin Stewart, Managing Director of IRONMAN UK, said: "We are very much looking forward to welcoming cyclists of all levels to the event. Velothon Wales has established itself as one of the key sportives in the UK thanks to its closed roads, challenging route and stunning scenery. Together with the support of The Welsh Government, the local authorities and British and Welsh cycling we are working hard to deliver another hugely successful event."

Read our rider reports from the 2016 Velothon Wales:

Joe Saumarez Smith's Velothon 2016
Dalany Watkins' Velothon 2016