The counties of Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion were put on the world sporting stage when they hosted the prestigious Tour of Britain this week.
For Carmarthenshire, this was the third time it had hosted the tour and a first for Ceredigion.
A time trial stage took place in Towy Vale, Carmarthenshire on Tuesday 7 September, starting at Ffairfach on the edge of Llandeilo and ending in the National Botanic Garden of Wales, near the village of Llanarthne, in nine miles east of Carmarthen.
As on Wednesday 8th September a full 200km race stage – the fourth stage – started in Aberaeron, Ceredigion, and ending in North Wales.
Carmarthenshire has made a name for itself on the map of elite global cycling events in recent years, hosting the opening stage of the Tour of Britain 2018 and the final stage of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour in 2019.
While the Tour of Britain may have passed through towns and villages across the county before, the time trial gave spectators a greater chance to see the riders at short intervals along the course.
It was a real showcase for the two counties with the cycling fraternity’s eyes firmly fixed on West Wales before the tour headed north.
Carmarthenshire Council Chief Cllr Emlyn Dole said: “Carmarthenshire has certainly made a name for itself on the map of elite world cycling events after hosting the Tour of Britain for the third time.
“These events saw some of the world’s best cyclists racing through the Towy Valley and also put our county center stage in front of an audience of millions – we are thrilled.
“Hosting this great road cycling race for the third time shows that we are the premier venue for the sport in Wales. “
Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, Cabinet Member of the Carmarthenshire Council for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “Overall it was a fantastic day and has again put Carmarthenshire on the cycling map and well sure the hot weather and sunny skies were a bonus.
“This was the third time that we have organized a Tour of Britain stage and the organizers were again very satisfied with the facilities.
“In addition, the Towy Valley television coverage was invaluable.
“With so many aerial shots of the valley, it was a great showcase of its beauty and what we have to offer, including the National Botanic Garden of Wales where the time trial took place. ended.”
“We want to continue to attract top events like this and also have a good connection to Welsh cycling, so we are looking to build on these successes all the time.”
For the council, this is further proof that the county has consolidated its status as the ‘Cycling Center of Wales’ and is stepping up its plan to help more people get fit and be active through cycling, while by developing the local cycle tourism economy.
While in neighboring Ceredigion, it was a first for the county to host the tour.
The course for the fourth stage saw the riders starting from Aberaeron and heading north for a 209km course, passing through Aberystwyth, before ending at the Great Orme point of Llandudno.
Ceredigion Council leader Ellen ap Gwynn said: “The positive atmosphere in Aberaeron and along the course with spectators enjoying the sun while practicing safety distances at the start of the race is to be commended.
“As a county, we can be proud to be the host country of this momentous race.”
Councilor Rhodri Evans, cabinet member of the Ceredigion Council for Economy and Regeneration, said: “Britain’s fourth stage was a great success here in Ceredigion with the cyclists who raced through the county with fans. and positive spectators who gave a warm welcome; the event really showcased our fantastic coastline and countryside.
“Ceredigion has a long history of supporting cycling in the county and we look forward to building on this success by hosting more events in the years to come. “
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