Welsh Cycle Rides - 2015 highlights

Last updated 8 December 2014
Compiled by Andrew Cornwell

Welcome to Cycling Councillor's selection of the best cycling events in Wales for the coming season.

This selection covers sportive, charity, audax and leisure rides across Wales, with direct links to each event organiser's website for more information and online entry. All these events are on-road and none are races.

All these events and hundreds more are reviewed in full in Andrew Cornwell's Cycling 2014 - a pocket guide to road cycling in Britain. Click here to find out more about this unique annual guidebook.

Please be aware that event dates, distances and start times may be subject to change - always check directly with the organisers before setting out. Enjoy your riding!


MARCH 2015

 

Gospel Pass (Saturday 14 March)
36th running of this classic adventure through the Forest of Dean, Golden Valley and over the Black Mountain. Atmospheric start at Chepstow Castle and pub finish. 150 km. Chepstow. £5. Audax.

Cambrian Audaxes (Saturday 21 March)
Stunning scenic rides on empty border and Cambrian roads, with a memorable double climb of the Machynlleth mountain road for those on the long course. 84, 148 or or 210 km Leominster. £6. Audax. 

 

APRIL 2015


Yr Elenydd / The Elenith (Saturday 11 April)
Tough Audax classic featuring the notorious Devil's Staircase on the mountain road to Tregaron among 4950m of climbing in stunning landscapes. 305 km. Upton Magna, near Shrewsbury. £10. Audax.

Rhondda Traverse
(Sunday 19 April)
Bargain alternative to the Dragon Ride taking in top South Wales climbs of Rhigos, Bwlch, Penrhys and Maerdy. 109 km. Merthy Tydfil. £5. Audax.

Tour of Pembrokeshire (Saturday 25 April)
Hilly sportive rides in and around the Pembrokeshire Coast national park combining coastal and inland scenery. 50, 75 or 100 miles, Orel y Parc, St David's Pembrokeshire. £30. Event website.


MAY 2015


Brevet Cymru
(Saturday 2 May)
Grand circuit of South Wales via Wye Valley, Golden Valley, Llandovery, Tregaron and New Quay with a night return via Brecon Beacons. Highly recommended. 401 km. Chepstow. £9Audax.

Bryan Chapman Memorial (Saturday 23 May)
Legendary and very challenging Audax: double traverse of Wales in a weekend from Chepstow to Menai Bridge and back. 619 km. Chepstow. £30. Audax.

On Your Bike for Barnardos (May, date to be confirmed) 
Gentle charity ride from western edge of Cardiff through Vale of Glamorgan - it has been running 32 years. 38 miles. Copthorne Hotel, Culverhouse Cross, Cardiff.
 

JUNE 2015


Dragon Ride
 (Sunday 7 June)
Wales' most famous sportive running into Brecon Beacons, pulling in over 3000 cyclists undeterred by eye-watering prices. New three day 'tour' option added this year. 43, 153, 226 or 302 km. Margan Park, Port Talbot. £35-£95. Organiser's website.

Velothon Wales (Sunday 14 June)
Launch of a new, mass event with fully-closed roads which promises to be Wales' biggest cycle ride to date. 15,000 places for sportive and charity riders and UCI recognition, accompanied by a pro race. 50 km or 120 km. £40/£55. Cardiff. Event website.

South Wales Bike Ride (Sunday 21 June)
Long-standing charity event to benefit British Heart Foundation. Family-friendly cycling either on the Gower Peninsula or to the north of Swansea. 12, 28 or 46 miles. Recreation Ground, St Helen's, Swansea. £15. More information.

 

JULY 2015


North Wales Coast Bikeathon
(July, date to be confirmed)
Fifth year for this local fundraiser for Leukaemia Research, using the traffic-free Conway coastal path. 26 km. Central beach, Prestatyn, Denbighshire. £10. Event information.

Welsh Cycling Festival (July, date to be confirmed)
CTC Wales organise this annual long weekend camping rally, offering three road rides daily, plus off-road alternatives, as well as a hill climbing and freewheeling competition. More information.


AUGUST 2015


Tattenhall Audaxes (Sunday 9 August)
The longer two options cross the border to visit Lake Vyrnwy, the Dee Valley and the Horseshoe Pass. Scenic but hilly. 50, 137 or 209 km. Tattenhall, Cheshire. £5.50. Audax.

 





Cycling 2014 - a pocket guide to road cycling in Britain by Andrew Cornwell

Cycling 2014, Andrew's annual pocket guide to road cycling in Britain, is now published. With over 800 cycle rides and events reviewed for 2014, it is the only comprehensive guidebook of its kind on the market - and an essential tool to help you plan your season. Find out more here.