This year’s Tour of Britain passes practically on the doorstep of Drover HQ in Hay-on-Wye, through the heart of Mid Wales to a lung-busting finish on one of the toughest road climbs in the UK – the Tumble near Abergavenny.
But you don’t need the thighs of Wiggo to enjoy the same stunning Welsh riding as ace athletes competing at the top of their game.
On a Drover Holidays cycling break, you can cover Tour of Britain territory at an altogether gentler pace – over days rather than hours – and instead of battling to hold your line in the peloton, the most you’ll have to worry about is where to make your next cake stop.
Their 3-day trip, the Black Mountains Triangle, features an overnight stay in Crickhowell (no such luck for Tour riders on September 9th – they blast straight through) via some stunning riding through the far east of our National Park.
And if you’re looking for a longer break, their 7-day package ‘Best of Mid-Wales’ meanders through Knighton (another dot on the 2014 Tour route) before reaching Crickhowell on the penultimate day.
The good news is – sigh of relief – you won’t have to trouble yourself with anything quite as strenuous as The Tumble on either tour.
But if you’re looking for bragging rights, how about this: both trips take in the dramatic Gospel Pass – the highest paved road in Wales. Its comparatively thigh-friendly gradients may not match the dizzy heights of the Tumble, but the altitude certainly does!
The Black Mountains Triangle (£260 per person) covers 75 miles over its three days, and you’ll ride 160 miles in a week on Best of Mid Wales (£565 per person).
Drover Holidays self-guided cycling tours start at £165 per person for a two-day break and include quality B&B accommodation, luggage transfers, custom maps and route description, bike hire and pick-up and drop-off at the nearest railway / bus station at the start and end of the tour.
Rob Eveleigh on 07870 628 097