Powys prepares for castle-to-castle stage
One of Britain's most important sporting events will be returning to Powys in September after a successful re-introduction to the county in 2010.
Stage Four of The Tour of Britain cycle race will be starting at Powis Castle, Welshpool on Wednesday September 14 and will travel the length of the county before finishing outside Caerphilly Castle.
The event is the UK's biggest professional cycle race and a centrepiece of the British sporting calendar with 96 of the world's top cyclists from 16 professional international teams competing in this year's tour and Powys County Council is again a proud sponsor of the Welsh Leg.
Cllr Wynne Jones, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Culture, said: "We are delighted that the country's best known and most viewed cycling event is returning to Powys with a fascinating castle to castle stage. Last year's event was a huge success with thousands of visitors flocking to the Powys, providing a welcome boost to the economy."
The Welsh leg of the tour is 183 kilometres in length and will start from Powis Castle at 10.15am with the route heading travelling through the town before heading south via Forden, Montgomery, Abermule and Newtown.
From Newtown the race will follow the A483 towards Llandrindod Wells with a King of the Mountain challenge a few miles out of the town near Dolfor, with the opening Yodel Sprint of the day taking place in Llandrindod Wells about two hours into the stage.
After Llandrindod Wells the race will head for Builth Wells before moving onto Brecon and finally leaving the county for Rhondda Cynon Taf and eventually finishing at Caerphilly Castle.
To help celebrate The Tour's return Welshpool Town Council has organised a month of activities starting in August to celebrate the cycling extravaganza.
Cycling enthusiasts will have the opportunity to experience part of the official Tour of Britain route on Sunday, August 21, ahead of the professionals taking on the route in September in aid of The Prostate Cancer Charity.
Riders can elect to take on the tough 180km 'castle to castle' Pro Ride from Welshpool to Caerphilly Castle, or the shorter but none-the-less rewarding 100km Challenge Ride from Builth Wells through the Brecon Beacons to Caerphilly.
Now in their third year, The Prostate Cancer Charity's Tour Rides are an established part of the sporting calendar for amateur cyclists with over 4,500 amateur riders taking part in three events last year.
The amateur ride will start from Welshpool's Maesydre Recreation Ground where visitors can enjoy a fun-day organised by Welshpool Town Council.
For more details on the ride, and to sign-up, please visit www.tourride.co.uk