Sixty cyclists, two journalists and solo ultra-distance rider Andrew Mathias met up at Crug Glas Hotel and Restaurant, near St Davids for the 2018 Tour of Pembrokeshire Prologue Ride on Friday 26th January.
Riders were offered a sample of the routes from the main event which is held annually in May. The groups of cyclists passed through St Davids, Solva, Newgale, Druidstone, Broad Haven and Little Haven before heading back via Roch to Crug Glas having climbed almost 3500 feet.
Peter Walker, organiser of the Tour of Pembrokeshire said; “The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park really appeals to those looking for adventure and we’re delighted that Preseli Venture and Falcon Boats compliment the Tour by offering riders and their family and friends the chance to experience Pembrokeshire from the water, it really enhances the Tour of Pembrokeshire weekend and includes those who perhaps don’t cycle.” “Amazingly, one rider from Wiltshire, who’s in training for The Trans-Atlantic Way Race, decided to go on his own adventure the next day and rode through The Gwaun Valley to Pentre Ifan where he found shelter for the night before returning to St Davids the next day.” After his ride, Paddy Dunne from Gillingham and District Wheelers said “The Prologue Ride was a fantastic day, the company, the scenery and the food were amazing. I don’t know another event with the atmosphere The Tour of Pembrokeshire team have created and I particularly like the fact that the event has encouraged a new breed of ultra-distance riders, like Andrew, to get into the sport.”
David Kenning, Deputy Editor of BikesEtc. Magazine took a break from cyclo-cross racing and rode The Prologue along with Jennifer Trotman who writes for Cyclosport.org. David test rode a very agile Fascenario 3, which was one of a pair loaned by Storck Bicycles UK, of Aberystwyth for the event. They were both impressed with the delicious lunch prepared by Crug Glas which is similar to the one served at the main event in May.
Andrew Mathias gave a talk after lunch explaining how the Tour of Pembrokeshire had influenced him to solo circumnavigate the 5100 miles of Britain’s coastline to raise money for Paul Sartori Foundation and he outlined his plans for 2018 which include the gruelling Trans-Atlantic Way Race. Andrew has been appointed as an ambassador to the Tour of Pembrokeshire and the team are looking forward to assisting him during the coming months.
2018 is an exciting year for The Tour of Pembrokeshire. The event has launched a new brand called Roadstead which is a network of cyclist friendly cafes and accommodation providers who carry tools and spares and are found on the many routes riders will be able to download from the new website.
To highlight Roadstead, The Western Telegraph are announcing a photographic competition which will be judged by Steve Adams, Editor and well-known black and white photographer, David Wilson and give cyclists the chance to win some great prizes which will include Tour of Pembrokeshire Castelli cycling kit.
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