[Tour of Britain Cardiff 2017 credit Visit Wales]
Wales has dedicated mountain bike centres and miles and miles of cycling tracks, no wonder Wales is a popular choice for those on two wheels.
Many major cycling events come to Wales; the Tour of Britain often passes through and Cardiff hosted the final stage of the Tour in September 2017. The Velothon is also an annual event , the largest closed road race for both amateurs and professionals (although the pros have to cycle a little further!)
The highly successful British Olympic and Paralympic cycling teams were based at the Velodrome prior to London 2012 and Rio 2016.
During the Velothon in July/ May each year , you will see teams of cyclists on Welsh roads practising and preparing, with more and more cycle paths becoming available this couldn’t be easier. Have a look at our cycling routes to find out more. Some will be taking part in Etape Eryri another great event.
Newport International Sports Village (NISV) houses the Wales National Velodrome. The opening of the National Velodrome in Newport was a big step forward for cycling in Wales. It is an indoor facility of international standard and has helped move Welsh cycling onto a new level. The ability to train throughout the year is of great benefit to Welsh cyclists in preparation for major championships. You’ll also find South-East Wales regional pool, a Tennis Centre and Newport Athletics Stadium at NISV.
Our elite cyclists include the likes of Geraint Thomas who rides for the UCI World Team, Team Sky, Wales and Great Britain! Becky James was another successful cyclist; she was part of Team GB for the Rio Olympics 2016, where she became a double silver medalist and won bronze in the Keirin at the Track World Championships in London following a bout of injury. Luke Rowe captianed Team Sky road team at the 2017 Tour de France an has won a number of events himself.
If a slick road bike is not your thing then there is plenty of terrain to test your mountain bike out on in our National Parks or in Bike Park Wales, which has been dubbed the number one bike park in the UK!
Hailed as one of the toughest downhill mountain bike races in the world, the fourth edition of Red Bull Hardline returned to the hills of Dyfi Valley last year in the north of Wales. The intense course, built by Dan Atherton, combines gap jumps, giant slab rolls and tight wood sections. It’s tough on mind, body and bike and it was a great showcase of what wales can offer for elite cycilng evetns.