News – UCI Race Coming to Wales


Another major event added to the UK’s sportive and professional race calendar as Velothon Wales promises to deliver a weekend of cycling on a scale that Wales has never before witnessed

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News – UCI Race Coming to Wales

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Taking place on the 14th June 2015, Velothon Wales will combine a closed road sportive with a capacity of up to 10,000 riders alongside a UCI sanctioned professional race that is likely to attract many of the world’s top riders and teams.

Starting and finishing in the heart of Cardiff city centre, the completely closed road sportive will take riders on a 120km route through the breathtaking Welsh countryside. With over 1,400m of climbing including Caerphilly Mountain and a King of the Mountain’s Challenge on The Tumble climb in the Brecon Beacons – as featured on stage 3 of this year’s Tour of Britain – riders can expect a challenging day in the saddle.

For less experienced riders, there is the option of entering a shorter 50km route which also boasts the safety of completely closed roads.


More pro racing in the UK … about time …!

Upon completing the sportive, riders will have the unique opportunity to join thousands of spectators in witnessing the conclusion of the UCI sanctioned professional race. The exact UCI grading of the Velothon Wales professional race will not be announced until the UCI calendar is released in late September, however event organisers have indicated that the course will be identical to that of the 120km sportive, but with multiple loops of the Tumble climb and Caerphilly Mountain.

Velothon Wales is the latest event in the UCI Velothon Majors, a global series of cycling events organised by Lagardere Unlimited Events. Other events in the series include Velothon Berlin, Velothon Vienna and Velothon Philadelphia.

Since its inception in 2009, Velothon Berlin has grown to be one of the world’s biggest cycling events, welcoming over 14,000 riders and the world’s top pro’s including the likes of 2012 winner Andre Greipel, 2013 winner Marcel Kittel and 2014 winner Raymond Kreder.

Speaking of the event, Velothon Wales’ Race Director Roland Hofer said: “We know there is a huge appetite for world-class cycling events, particularly in light of Ride London where over 80,000 people entered the ballot for the 2014 event.

“Having worked as Race Director for Velothon Berlin since 2009, I am hugely excited to be part of the team that will be delivering Velothon Wales. Each year Velothon Berlin attracts a stellar elite field which, combined with thousands of participants taking on the exact same route, creates a truly memorable day of cycling. We are looking forward to Velothon Wales emulating its success in every respect.”

Entries for Velothon Wales will be priced at £55 for the 120km route and £40 for the 50km route. You can pre-register at

The deadline for pre-registrations is 15 September 2014.


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