Popularity Of Cycling Soars As Tour de France Begins

By Megan Tapper Geraint Thomas on bike at Bluestone

Here at Bluestone we’ll be cheering for Welsh wonder Geraint Thomas as he joins Team Sky for the 101st Tour de France this Saturday, 5th July.

The Olympic Gold Medallist, who lent his expertise to amateur cyclists on training weekends at Bluestone in 2011 and 2012, is set to impress as the Grand Depart sets off in Yorkshire.

Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas cycling in group

The annual race, which covers 3,664 kilometres, is split into 21 stages - the first three of which are in the UK. Leeds, Harrogate, York, Sheffield, Cambridge and London will all be geared up to enjoy the spectacle as the professional cyclists speed by in their multicoloured jerseys.

Cycling, which contributes £3bn to the UK economy each year, has seen a huge boost in popularity in recent years. Events like the Tour de France, Ironman and London 2012 Olympics have consistently boosted the popularity of cycling and prompted men and women all over the country to think – “I reckon I could give that a go”.

Just look at the mass participation of events in Pembrokeshire alone: entry places to Tour of Pembrokeshire, Ironman Wales and The Wales Sportive are snapped up rapidly. Incredibly, entries to the Ironman Wales 2014 were sold out within weeks of the 2013 event coming to a close. It seems cyclists can’t resist the thrill of the competition combined with the undulating hills, breathtaking views and unwavering crowds of supporters that the county has in abundance.

Ironmen swimming in sea at Tenby

Bluestone National Park Resort, with its ideal proximity to Tenby, (the starting/finishing point of the Ironman Wales and Wales Sportive) is the prime place to stay for competitors and supporters alike.

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