Rhondda Cynon Taf is gearing up to welcome one of the world’s leading cycling races, as the Tour of Britain 2023 makes its way through the county borough.
Some of the best cyclists in the world will take on the challenging Bwlch and Rhigos Mountains and race through Llanwonno Forestry in stage eight of the competition, which runs from Margam Country Park to Caerphilly.
Many residents may remember when beautiful Aberdare Park was used as the launch location for a stage of the 2016 Tour of Britain, when riders such as Mark Cavendish and Steve Cummings competed and headed off from the town.
The Tour of Britain is now in its 19th year and is part of the UCI pro series. Over 100 of the best riders from all over the world compete in the event, with thousands more spectating and cheering them on.
Cllr Mark Norris, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Development and Prosperity,said: “The steep and winding mountain roads of our county borough are perfect for adventure seekers.
“We welcome cyclists from all over the world and are pleased to have a range of places where they can stay, which include safe bike storage, and are a base from which to explore.
“The planned route for the Tour of Britain takes you through some of the best scenery in South Wales, from the epic Rhigos Mountain viewpoint, from which you can see across the Brecon Beacons, to the ancient Llanwonno Forestry, which is filled with myths, legends and more”
Cllr Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure,added: “We can’t wait to see some of the best cyclists in the world make their way through Rhondda Cynon Taf during the Tour of Britain.
“People are invited to spectate safely and cheer on the riders. Who knows, you may be inspired to get on your bike too?
“We have a range of routes available, as well as training and confidence-building opportunities for children.
“Of course, Leisure for Life gyms are the place to be for those who want the health and wellbeing benefits of cycling, gained by use of WattBikes or even Spin classes!”
Televised live all over the globe, the large, world-class event will require some traffic and crowd control measures for the safety of the riders, the race entourage and the communities they pass through.
Short rolling road closures may be in place as the cyclists make their way through Rhondda Cynon Taf. Please follow instructions of staff on site and, as is the norm, keep an eye out for cyclists when you are driving on the road.