Preview: Tour of the Mining Valleys

Sunday 5th March will see the excitement of an early season road race coming to Aberystwyth, with the Tour of the Mining Valleys

Preview: Tour of the Mining Valleys

Sunday 5th March will see the excitement of an early season road race coming to Aberystwyth, with the Tour of the Mining Valleys, organised by Gareth Lewis on behalf of Ystwyth CC, again returning to the scenic roads inland of the town.

The category E/1/2/3 race reached full complement weeks ago, and with riders from all over the UK travelling to Aberystwyth it is a great opportunity for local cycling enthusiasts and the wider public to enjoy elite racing on our doorstep.

The 75-mile course will see riders completing four laps of a loop comprising Southgate, Llanfarian, Llanilar, Trawscoed and New Cross before a finishing route which takes in Llanafan Saw Mills, Pontrhydygroes, Devil’s Bridge, Pisgah, Capel Seion and Moriah.

As well as local rider Daniel Davies the starting line-up features prominent team riders Liam Holohan, Rhys Lloyd and Zach May of Metaltek-Kuota, Ed Laverack of JLT Condor and Steven Roach and Jacob Tipper of Brother NRG DriverPlan.

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Tour of the Mining Valleys
Sunday 5th March 2017
• National B (Band2) E/1/2/3 Category Road Race for Senior/Veteran Men
• 75 miles / 121km – Under the rules of Welsh Cycling
• HQ details – Aberystwyth Rugby Club, Plascrug, Aberystwyth, SY23 1HL
(showers available; cycling shoes not to be worn inside clubhouse)

The Riders
1 Oliver W Bates Wellingborough Cycles Race Team 1st
2 Daniel Bigham Brother NRG Driverplan Elite
3 Richard Bott Team Aspire 2nd
4 William Bourne PMR@Toachim House 2nd
5 Twm Bryn Marsh Tracks Race Team 3rd
6 Joshua Burns Alé DMT Cipollini UK 1st
7 Michael Cripps Banjo Cycles 1st
8 Daniel Davies Alé DMT Cipollini UK 2nd
9 Tom Davies Marsh Tracks Race Team 3rd
10 Ross Davies 3rd
11 George EvansTeam Bottrill 3rd
12 Edward Evans Jackpot Racing 3rd
13 Angus Fisk Oxford University Cycling Club 2nd
14 Ross Flashman Kibosh 3rd
15 Jamie Fletcher Team Elite 2nd
16 Martin Ford Brother NRG Driverplan Elite
17 Jonathan Fowles Team Chronomaster 1st
18 George Fox Wellingborough Cycles Race Team 1st
19 Joshua Rochester Greet Kibosh 2nd
20 David Griffiths Mammoth Lifestyle Racing Team 2nd
21 Oliver Hayward Rhino Velo Race Team 2nd
22 Jake Hollins Bath Cycling Club 2nd
23 Liam Holohan Metaltek Kuota Racing Team Elite
24 Gareth Holtam Alé DMT Cipollini UK 2nd
25 Daniel Maclean Howell 3rd
26 Declan HudsonClay Cross Road Team 2nd
27 Dexter Hurlock Kibosh 2nd
28 James Hyde Wellingborough Cycles Race Team 2nd
29 James Ireson KTM Impsport RT 1st
30 Elliot Jones VC Equipe – Flix 2nd
31 Edward Laverack JLT Condor 1st
32 Rhys Lloyd Metaltek Kuota Racing Team 1st
33 Zachery May Metaltek Kuota Racing Team 1st
34 Sean McGovern 2nd
35 Daniel MinorLyme RC 2nd
36 Jonathan Mould JLT Condor Elite
37 Isaac Mundy PMR@Toachim House 2nd
38 Daniel Nieto TBW Bottecchia Wigmore RT 2nd
39 Robert Orr Brother NRG Driverplan 1st
40 Huw Owen Energy Cycles Junior Road Team 2nd
41 Jordan Peacock Wellingborough Cycles Race Team 1st
42 Neil Phillips Kibosh 2nd
43 Richard Pizzey Finsbury Park CC 3rd
44 Daniel Pullen SunSport Velo 3rd
45 Steven Roach Brother NRG Driverplan 1st
46 William Roberts County Cycles Racing Team 2nd
47 Edward Roberts Team Elite Elite
48 Robert Rogers Birkenhead North End CC 2nd
49 Devon Round Rhino Velo Race Team 2nd
50 Chris Sleath 1st
51 Jimmy Smith Champion System VCUK Racing Team 1st
52 Benedict Spencer Loughborough Students CC 2nd
53 Tom Swingler Halesowen A & CC 2nd
54 Ian Taylor Leicester Forest CC 3rd
55 Jacob Tipper Brother NRG Driverplan Elite
56 Kirk Vickers Rhino Velo Race Team 1st
57 Ryan Watkins Cardiff Ajax CC 3rd
58 Daniel Watts Royal Air Force CA 2nd
59 James Wilkinson Goma Dakwerken vdb Steenhouwerij 2nd
60 Christopher Williams Team Elite 3rd
61 Andrew Williams Cwmcarn Paragon Cycle Club 1st
62 James Woodfield Wellingborough Cycles Race Team 2nd

Course description
The first 3 miles of the race will be neutralised.

Leave Race HQ and proceed on access road to T-Junction at Plascrug Leisure Centre. Turn left and then right onto A44 (Llanbadarn Road). After ½ mile, turn right onto A4120 Heol y Bont. Follow this to roundabout (Morrisons Supermarket) where turn first left. At mini-roundabout take first left onto A487 (Southgate). Stay on A487 for 1 ½ mile to Llanfarian where you will turn left on to the A485 (Llanilar). After ½ mile, after summit of small climb, race is DENEUTRALISED.

After racing on A485 for 2 miles, turn left at Llanilar onto B4575 (M) to Trawscoed. Turn left on to the bridge and left (M) onto B4340 at Trawscoed to begin the first of three 14-mile circuits. Follow B4340 through Abermagwr and on to the first ascent of New Cross climb. Continue on B4340 until junction with A4120 where you will turn left (M) and immediately left again to return to A487.

Return to Llanfarian, Llanilar and Trawscoed Bridge as previously, and then complete two further circuits with the 1st prime of the race on New Cross climb on lap 2 (c.26 miles) and the 2nd prime on the same climb on lap 3 (c.41 miles). Upon arriving on the B4340 at Trawscoed Bridge for the fourth time, turn RIGHT (M) to leave the circuit and follow road to junction with unclassified road (M) where you will turn left to follow unclassified road to Pontrhydygroes.

Turn left onto B4343 at Pontrhydygroes and continue on this road to the ascent of the third prime hill (c.58 miles). Follow B4343 until Devils Bridge T Junction (caution descent) with A4120 where turn left (M) towards Aberystwyth (signposted). Continue on this road for 10.5 miles through Pisgah, Capel Seion and Moriah to finish between Moriah and Southgate, 1 mile west of Moriah.




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