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With the announcement of the two Welsh stages of the Tour of Britain comes news that the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean will form the core of Stage 5 on the 8th September. The stage was announced at the Royal Welsh Show by the First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones and several elite Welsh cyclists.
The route, which runs for 205-kilometres (127 miles) from Abadare to Bath, will take the international peddlers through the Wye Valley and into the Forest of Dean and Gloucestershire via the Bigsweir Bridge passing iconic landmarks such as Tintern Abbey and Puzzlewood.
The region is a prime destination for cyclists as there are 72km (44 miles) of marked cycle trails in the Forest of Dean alone and the A466 through the Wye Valley being an incredibly popular route for road cyclists.
Important features of the race include the first Yodel Sprint of the day which will take place Monmouth Road in Usk and two SKODA King of the Mountains climbs at Stowe Green and Speech House in the Forest of Dean.
Commenting on the areas inclusion in the Tour of Britain, Ian Officer, chair of Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism and owner of Pedalabikeway said: “We welcome all sorts of cyclists to the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean. From stabilisers to top-of-the-range mountain bikes the roads and trails of the destination have it all.
“The Tour is a great opportunity to show what we have to offer across Monmouthshire and Gloucestershire as we have some of the best cycling you can find in the UK.”
First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, said: “I hope being part of the Tour of Britain will continue to inspire people in Wales to take up sport – and with 2016 being Wales’ Year of Adventure, this is the perfect time for people to get active and plan a sporting adventure!”
Commenting on the stages, Tour of Britain Race Director Mick Bennett said; “We are looking forward to this year’s Tour of Britain and taking in new venues and new climbs. These stages will be amongst the hardest in the Tour, and this year is no different with both stages in excess of 200-kilometres and containing plenty of climbing.”
The Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event giving cycling fans the opportunity to see the world’s best teams and riders competing on their door step.