Carmarthenshire is to host major road cycling race the Tour of Britain, for the third time.
A time trial stage of the tour will take place in the Towy Valley, finishing in the iconic National Botanic Garden of Wales, near the village of Llanarthne, on September 7.
Carmarthenshire will be the third stage of the race, which will see the world’s top cyclists compete in iconic locations throughout the UK.
While a full racing stage of more than 200km – stage four – begins in Aberaeron, Ceredigion, on September 8, ending in north Wales.
Carmarthenshire has made a name for itself on the map of elite world cycling events in recent years, hosting the 2018 Tour of Britain’s opening stage, and the final stage of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour in 2019.
While the Tour of Britain may have whizzed through the county’s towns and villages previously, the tourism and economic boom it created was welcomed, and all hopes are on another boom for west Wales this year.
Carmarthenshire Council is working with event organisers to finalise plans for the time trial which will see some of the world’s best cyclists race through the valley – most of them who competed in this summer’s Tour de France.Cyclists will start stage three in Ffairfach near Llandeilo, riding for 27.5km down the valley, before crossing the finish line at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.For the council it is further evidence that the county has cemented its status as the ‘cycling hub of Wales’ and strengthens its […]