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Cycling Sportives in Wales throughout 2014

13 Jan 2014

There are to be planned Cycling Sportives in Wales, throughout 2014. A cyclosportive, or often simply sportive, is a short to long distance, organised, mass-participation cycling event. Equestrians and cyclists are vulnerable road users. Both groups share similar risks when riding on the road and both need access to more safe off road riding.

Cyclists and horse riders have a statutory right to ride on byways, bridleways and roads. On bridleways, it is important that cyclists give way to horse riders (the Countryside Act 1968 gave cyclists the right to use bridleways, but stated that they must give way to horse riders and walkers).

Cycles can startle horses if ridden too close or fast, which can result in injuries to both parties. Nobody wants this and so with awareness and consideration on both sides, incidents can be avoided.

Download the recommended practice and advice for both parties at

Please note, this is not an exhaustive list and there may be others planned that this publication has not been made aware of. Click on the dates below to link you straight to the relevant website for further details:

2 March: Eden Valley Sportive 60miles Penrith Leisure Centre, Penrith CA118JH

9 March: Herio Sportive 50/120km Celtic Spring, Coedkernew, Newport, NP10 8FZ

6 April: The Devils Challenge 50/75/100/140miles The Bromsgrove Hall, Llanwrtyd Wells LD54RA 

26 April: Tour of Pembrokeshire 50/75/100miles Oriel y Parc, St Davids, Pembrokeshire SA626NW

27 April: The Brecon Devil 50/75/100/140miles The Bromsgrove Hall, Llanwrtyd Wells LD54RA

27 April: Gran Fondo Conwy 6.5/40/75/103miles Y Caban, Brynrefail, Caenarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 3NR

3 May: Tumbleup4life 1 -15climbs Llanfoist Village Hall, Church Lane, nr Abergavenny

4 May: Preseli Angel 40/80miles The Parrog, Newport, Pembrokeshire SA43 0RP

4 May: Wiggle Wye Valley Warrior 49/66/97miles Chepstow Racecourse, Monmouthshire NP16 6BE

4 May: 10th Forest of Dean Spring Classic 62/90 miles Monmouth Showground, Monmouth, NP25 4LG

11 May: Rhinog Raptor 42/65miles Coed Y Brenin, Wales

25 May: Continental Welsh Wild West 28/62/103miles Aberystwyth Town Football Club, SY23 1PG

1 June: The Bala Devil Sportive 50/80/130miles Bala Leisure Centre, Bala LL23 7SR 

8 June: Evans Cycles Sportive Rideit! North Wales 15/30/55/75 miles Wrexham Road, Mold, Flintshire, CH7 1EP

8 June: Wiggle Dragon Ride 29/95/139/188 miles Margam, Port Talbot, SA13 2TJ

15 June: Etape Eryri - The Snowdonia Sportive 6/47/75/103 miles Castle Square, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 2AY

21 June: Giro de'Gower aka Castles, Cliffs and Killer Climbs 106 miles Parc Ynysderw, Ffordd Parc Ynysderw, Pontardawe, Nr Swansea, SA8 3EG

22 June: South Wales Bike Ride 12/28/46miles Recreation Ground, Swansea SA1 3UL

28 June: The Championship Sportive 22/41/62/100 miles Bailey Park, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 5SG

9-10 Aug: The Devils Challenge 2 50/80/130miles The Pavillion, Llanwrtyd Wells LD5 4RA

10 August: Welsh Raider 45/69/105miles Ludlow Racecourse Bromfield, Shropshire SY8 2BT

17 August: Tour de Mon 40/70/100 miles Newry Beach, Holyhead, Gwynedd, LL65 1YA

31 August: Trans Cambrian Cross Sportive 20/50/70 miles Elan Valley, Rhayader, Powys, LD6 5HP

7 September: Vale Ride 50/90 miles Hensol Park, Hensol, Cardiff, Vale Of Glamorgan, CF72 8JY

14 September: Wiggle Etape Cymru 87 miles The Racecourse, Overton Road, Bangor-On-Dee, Wrexham, Clwyd, LL13 0DA

21 September: Evans Cycles Sportive Rideit! South Wales 33/49/75 miles Merthyr Road, Tredegar, Gwent, NP22 3AY

28 September: Valleys Velo 41/60 miles Cwmdare, Aberdare, CF44 7PT

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