Tour De Shane – The Pembrokeshire Sportive

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9 Reviews
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Neil R
"Having crashed my MTB and fractured my pelvis in November 2017, this was my..."

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Andrew P
"This was a great sportive with a superb but challenging route. The organisation..."

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Sally R
"Had such a great day, got a PB, fantastic atmosphere. The organisation and..."
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Distances in this event

  1. The 70 Mile

    Bike 70mi
    £35
    Event passed
  2. The 50 Mile

    Bike 50mi
    £30
    Event passed

Tour De Shane – The Pembrokeshire Sportive routes

50 mile course

Elevation Gain – 3488Ft

After the success of the 2018 Tour de Shane – Pembrokeshire Sportive. It will start and finish once again from the Bishops Palace. A 13th Centaury grade one listed building that sits next to the impressive Cathedral, this really is an iconic site for an iconic event. What better way to start an event than riding out of the magnificent palace gates and along the cathedral close. You will head up Quickwell Hill and then head North on the A487. The first half a mile will be a pleasant down hill roll before you face a very gentle incline for the next 5.5 miles until you reach the Village of Croesgoch. Here you will turn right and head inland. The next 12 miles is a pretty fast flowing section predominately made up of descents with the only ascent of note being the nice little pull out of Hayscastle Cross.

On completing this section you will find yourself re-joining the A487 and heading East into the county town of Haverfordwest. You will skim around the perimeter of the town and end up on the B4327 heading towards Dale. This section of the ride gives you approximately 15 miles of rolling roads – ideal for stretching the legs.

At approximately the 32 mile mark you will descend into the picture postcard village of Little Haven. The climb out of Little Haven will be one of the steepest you’ll meet and is followed by the final 18 miles of undulating roads that will see you pass by the beaches of Broad Haven, Nolton Haven and Newgale where you will face the infamous Newgale hill climb as you head back west on the A487. This takes you back to St David’s via Solva where you’ll get a great view of the harbour as you climb the last challenging hill of the day with the knowledge that you are 4 miles from the end!

70 mile course

Elevation gain – 5137ft

We are delighted to announce that the 2019 Tour de Shane – Pembrokeshire Sportive will once again start and finish at the Bishops Palace. A 13th Centaury grade one listed building that sits next to the impressive Cathedral, this really is an iconic site for an iconic event. What better way to start an event than riding out of the magnificent palace gates and along the cathedral close. You will head up Quickwell Hill and then head North on the coast road. The first 7 miles of the route are pretty flat (for Pembrokeshire) which will give you plenty of time to warm up and prepare for the next 9 that sees you passing through the splendid coastal villages of Trefin and Abercastle before heading onto Mathry and St Nicholas. This section is undulating with some nice downhills to sea level and the inevitable climbs back out, but there is plenty of great scenery along the way to help with the burn.

On the 17th Mile mark you will reach the most Northerly and highest point of the route near to Strumble Head, where your legs will have a breather as you have a good descend into Goodwick.

As you round the roundabout at the entrance to Fishguard Harbour you will make your way South on the A487 towards St Davids but you will leave this road after only 4 miles when you will start your journey inland disecting the North Pembs Peninsular. The first 8 miles of this section from Goodwick to Treddiog Farm consists of a good steady climb. This will be completed with the knowledge that the following 10miles will be on a fast flowing section predominately made up of descents with the only ascent of note being the nice little pull out of Hayscastle Cross.

On completing this section you will find yourself just over the half way mark and will re-join the A487 to head East to the county town of Haverfordwest. You will skim around the perimeter of the town and end up on the B4327 towards Dale. This section of the ride gives you approximately 15 miles of rolling roads, ideal for stretching the legs.

Heading on to approximately the 52 mile mark you will descend into the picture postcard village of Little Haven. The climb out of Little Haven will be one of the steepest you’ll meet and also marks the start of the final 18 miles, which consists of undulating roads that will see you pass by the beaches of Broad Haven, Nolton Haven and Newgale, where you will meet the A487 for the last time and tackle the infamous Newgale Hill as you head West to St David’s. Then with 4 miles left you will reach the harbour village of Solva and the last decent climb of the day with the knowledge that “I’m almost there”!

Event details

  • Finisher’s medal
  • Hilly
  • 200 participants

From the organizer

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#28

MUUK Adventures are ranked #28 in the UK out of 505 organizers

Come and join the former Welsh Rugby Union Legend and now 2 time Ironman Wales finisher Shane Williams MBE on his ride to raise awareness and funds for the Velindre Cancer Charity. The Tour De Shane takes in some of the most beautiful little villages and roads that Pembrokeshire has to offer. The county that boasts the fact that its the only Coastal National Park in the UK and many of the iconic coastal sites will be visited and passed as you take on the TDS.

There are 2 distances of 50 miles and 70 miles making this ideal for an early season ride, whether your goal for the year is IronMan, a 100 mile sportive or a one-off personal fitness challenge and a chance to support a great charity.

What’s Included
    Fully Marked out course
    Aid Stations and refreshments
    Timed Event and published results
    Scenic and challenging routes
    The Sportive feel!
    Friendly Customer service
    Merchandise and Memorabilia will also be available
    Riding with sporting Stars for a great cause
    Medical and first aid cover
    Goody bags will be provided to all riders and will include a TdS commemorative souvenir.
    And once it has all finished refreshments will be available at event HQ
Raceday Logistics

FAQs

Aid Stations

The aid stations will have water and sugary energy drinks and snacks, which will include your energy nibbles such as sweets, nuts, cakes and fruit. There will also be savouries and carbs such as sandwiches and pizza slices locations will be Keeston & Broad Haven

Rider Information – Full details will be sent to riders, in relation to parking, aid stations, safety and all related logistics in the weeks leading up to the event.

Tour De Shane – The Pembrokeshire Sportive weather forecast

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

10°C
Predicted highs
7°C
Predicted lows
IconLight breeze possible, up to 8mph

Tour De Shane – The Pembrokeshire Sportive reviews (9)

5 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

Reasons people recommend this event

Stunning scenery

Friendly atmosphere

Incredible crowds

  • Did the The 50 Mile in 2019

    Had such a great day, got a PB, fantastic atmosphere. The organisation and marshalling were second to none.
  • Did the The 70 Mile in 2019

    It was very well organised. We thoroughly enjoyed it, all the team where very friendly and encouraging.
  • Did the The 70 Mile in 2019

    Great course, great weather, lovely climbs!!!!! Organisation extremely good could have had stewards on a couple of blind junctions. Over all a great day in the saddle.
  • Did the The 50 Mile in 2019

    Brilliant event, well organised , great route , very friendly support staff on junctions and at the feed stations and of course the sun was shining. I thoroughly recommend this event
  • Did the The 70 Mile in 2019

    This was a great sportive with a superb but challenging route. The organisation was slick and the number of participants was ideal with no real hold ups throughout the day. The Weather was glorious which added to a very enjoyable sportive.
  • Did the The 70 Mile in 2019

    My second time doing this ride and so good I travel 130 miles to take part!The atmosphere and camaraderie from both organisers and participants are second to none. Great challenging route with stunning views which is well signed, fantastic feed stations and amazing encouragement through the route. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend it - even with all the climbs
  • Did the The 50 Mile in 2019

    An amazing sportive. Wonderful scenery helped with the hills. Challenging but achievable course. Loved it & will definitely be back next year!
  • Did the The 70 Mile in 2018

    Worth travelling for this one! A good chunk of the route is coastal which means fab sea views but also some tough climbs as you drop into and climb out of coastal towns but well worth all the early season pain.
  • Did the The 50 Mile in 2018

    Having crashed my MTB and fractured my pelvis in November 2017, this was my first race. The trick is to miss the last feed station in Broad Haven! I am so glad that I pushed myself for a good cause and am now looking to do one a month including one big one to raise money for cancer. Many thanks to the organizers to encourage me to get back on my bike.

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