Tour Of Pembrokeshire 2016

By Andrew Wright Tour Of Pembrokeshire Competitors 2016

A six o’clock alarm on a Saturday in April can mean only one thing! It’s time for the annual Tour of Pembrokeshire ‘cycle-sportive’, where riders tackle 50, 75 or 100 miles of stunning North Pembrokeshire scenery, through coastal coves and open moorland. What made this year different was the addition of a yellow object shining down as I made my way to the start near St. David’s.

Tour Of Pembrokeshire 2016

For the past four years I’ve tackled the 75 mile route which includes several brutal climbs of over 25% and over 7300ft of climbing in total. This year however I opted to drop down to the 50 mile route due to lack of training over the winter months, with the intention of enjoying a leisurely ride rather than pushing myself to breaking point.

The 100 milers had already long set off by the time I filled my water bottles, met some old friends from Cardiff and set off on our little jaunt around North Pembrokeshire. The first 10 miles gave an opportunity to chat and catch up before we wound our way to the coastal hamlets of Trefin and Mathry where we encountered the first serious inclines of the day. A photographer was on hand to see those taking the hills with ease and those pushing, trying to hide their blushes.

Tour Of Pembrokeshire Bike 

The scenery of North Pembrokeshire never fails to impress, and once past Goodwick we headed inland where open seascapes gave way to hidden wooded valleys and open moorland. Entering the Gwaun valley the routes split with those riding the 75 & 100 mile routes turning left onto a brutal 3 mile climb which peaks at 27%. This year however I turned right and on to an equally long climb but with the knowledge that once the next three miles are under my belt I’d be on the way back to the finish area, giving encouragement to those walking as I passed on my "granny rings”. The long climb gave way to breathtaking views as the moorland vista gave way to the Irish Sea around 10 miles away and several hundred feet below.

Tour Of Pembrokeshire View 

The Tour of Pembrokeshire is not just about the scenery, hills and friendship; it’s also famous for its feed stations where local produce is the order of the day. The feed station at the Drover’s arms in Puncheston was a welcome site to stretch my legs, refill the bottles and see what treats they had this year (Welsh Cakes, faggots, Pembrokeshire new potatoes to name a few).

A few minutes later I was back on my way through rolling hills towards St. David’s. In previous editions the tour ends with a photo opportunity past the cathedral and the knowledge that you’ve done it. 2016 saw a new home for the tour in Crug Glas country house which was a few miles past St David’s and provided a lovely home to a lovely event.

Once finishing each rider was presented with a wooden coaster, welcome drink and a meal voucher for the hog roast which was cooking as we signed in this morning. Live bands and local food then carried on through the afternoon and into the evening!

Tour Of Pembrokeshire Bike Shadow 

So will I be there for the Tour of Pembrokeshire 2017? I can’t see why not.

Why not make Bluestone National Park Resort your base for next year’s Tour of Pembrokeshire and warm your legs up on our cycle routes! If you don’t think you are up to a 50 mile cycle quite yet you can hire bikes, trailers and tagalong’s during your stay to test your pedal power. 

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