The 2018 OVO Energy Tour of Britain Grand Depart will take place in Carmarthenshire and The City of Newport, although the 174.8 kilometres that separate the start in Pembrey Country Park and the finish are anything but flat.

Riders will pass through Carmarthen, Brecon and Usk before reaching The City of Newport, although there’s a distinct possibility that the opening OVO Energy Tour of Britain road stage will not finish in a bunch sprint for the first time since 2006. The climb of Belmont Hill (800 metres, 9% average gradient) is tackled inside the final 10 kilometres of racing – GC contenders will have to be aware of splits from the get go.

Pembrey Country Park and Carmarthenshire

Host venue for the first time

Carmarthenshire is thrilled to be hosting the start as well as a substantial part of the opening stage of the 2018 OVO Energy Tour of Britain.

Host for the 2018 Grand Depart is one of Wales’ top visitor attractions, Pembrey Country Park. Overlooking Carmarthen Bay and Gower, this 500-acre, multi-activity family favourite includes an eight-mile, blue flag award-winning beach and is the HQ for the brand new 1.9km national closed road cycle circuit, developed with Welsh Cycling. 

The Tour then heads west, passing through the historic town of Kidwelly, with its imposing medieval castle on the banks of the River Gwendraeth – famous for being used in the first scene of the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail! Next up is Carmarthen, the oldest town in Wales. It’s best known for being the home of the legendary Merlin, and is now a bustling town full of character offering a mix of local independent traders and high street names

Heading north the Tour follows the path of the River Tywi, a river that attracts fisherman far and wide to catch Sewin (River Trout). With venues such as the Botanic Garden of Wales and Aberglasney; stately homes; numerous castles; and boutique towns such as Llandeilo, the area is known as the Garden of Wales.

Riders go through the quaint market town of Llandovery – gateway to the challenging heights of the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountain, and Cambrian Mountains

 

The City of Newport

Host venue for the second time

The City of Newport is delighted to host the finish of Stage One of the Tour of Britain 2018.

As a city proud of its sporting record, it has hosted pre-Olympic and Commonwealth training camps for cyclists at the Wales National Velodrome, and the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort.

The City of Newport, which became a city in 2002 to mark the Golden Jubilee of HRH The Queen, has a long and rich heritage.  Plan your visit with choice of accommodation and where to eat.

It has a number of fantastic attractions such as the remarkable Transporter Bridge, one of only six operational transporter bridges left in the world; the Gwent Levels, a unique landscape that includes nature reserve RSPB Newport Wetlands; National Trust Tredegar House, one of the best examples of a 17th century Charles ll mansion in Britain set in wonderful parkland and the former Roman garrison town of Caerleon.

Over recent years, a programme of continuing regeneration has transformed the city. This has included the revitalisation of vacant key buildings in the city centre into homes and businesses and creating housing on the once derelict riverside. In 2015, the award-winning and much anticipated Friars Walk retail and leisure centre opened its doors.