On Thursday: The Tour of Britain in the Beacons!

Stage 5 of the Tour of Britain comes to the Brecon Beacons this Thursday 19th September! Celebrating it’s ten year anniversary the race is expected to be the biggest and best ever!

With the likes of Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish taking part spectators can expect to see a very exciting race.

The Brecon Beacons provides some of the very best road-cycling in the UK, with challenging climbs, winding roads and stunning landscapes. Here’s a round-up of the top four places to catch the race from local cycling expert Anna Heywood from Drovers Cycles.

Where to watch the tour in the Brecon Beacons 

1. 12:45pm – 1:30pm. Before Upper Chapel on the B4520, travelling N to S, there is space to park on the right, on MOD land. There is a bit of a climb to a perfect spectator spot where you can watch the riders, surrounded by bracken covered hillsides, and from this view-point, the rider’s certainly won’t be going by in a flash!

The tour in 2012. Picture by Tour of Britain ©

The tour in 2012. Picture by Tour of Britain ©

Nearby visit: Brecon itself is only a 20 minute drive down from Upper Chapel, so head down to catch up with the race or just take in the town.

2. 1:15 – 2pm. The riders enter Brecon on The Street, head down Market Street, cross the Bridge onto Bridge Street and exit from Orchard Street onto to B4602 and out of Brecon. Riders are likely to be going a little slower in the narrow streets as they negotiate the town, so anywhere along the route would be a good place to catch the race. We suggest opposite The Bridge Cafe, or on the bridge itself if you can find a spot!

Nearby visit: Plenty of restaurants, pubs and cafes in Brecon, so take your pick. We suggest The Tipple’n’Tiffin at the Theatr Brycheiniog for a nice lunch and then head over to The Royal Regiment of Wales Museum. Or you could stop at the Pilgrims Tea Rooms and Restaurant at Brecon cathedral; an impressive Norman Cathedral with a fascinating heritage centre and cathedral shop.

3. 1:45 – 2:30pm. The layby on the left (if travelling N to S) below The Storey Arms is a great spot from which to watch the peloton as they toil up to the Story Arms to try and bag some King of the Mountain points.

The Tour of Britain in 2012 ©

The Tour of Britain in 2012 ©

Nearby visit: The Storey Arms is a perfect starting point from which to tackle the three peaks of Corn Du, Pen y Fan and Cribyn. Whether you want a challenging work-out or a casual stroll, the scenery and views from these peaks is second to none. We would suggest heading to Brecon town for refreshments and refuelling once you’re done!

4. 2:30 – 3:30pm. The Cefn Coed Viaduct provides quite an impressive viewing spot to catch the riders as they belt down the A470. Also a great destination for a day’s cycle ride from Brecon along the Taff Trail.

The King of the Mountain phase of last years stage. By Tour of Britain ©

The King of the Mountain phase of last years stage. By Tour of Britain ©

Nearby visit:  The Taff trail is a multi-purpose cycle trail from Brecon to Cardiff Bay. You could grab a bite to eat in Brecon before setting off on your bikes, following the Taff Trail down over the Cefn Coed Viaduct and into Cefn Coed itself. The Drovers Arms or the Lord Raglan pubs would be great places to grab a quick lunch before you take to your bike once more back up to catch the race from the Cefn Coed Viaduct in the afternoon.

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