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Shane Williams MBE

Shane had a long and glittering professional rugby career where he gained a number of honours. Winning 3 Grand Slams, awarded IRB World Player of the Year in 2008 and becoming Wales all time top try scorer are just a few of his many accolades. These achievements have firmly cemented his reputation as one of the greatest to have ever played the game a fact, which has been acknowledged by his inducement into the World Rugby Hall of Fame.

Since retirement Shane has certainly not chosen the easy path! He has successfully competed in Ironman Wales twice and in 2016 broke the magical 12hrs mark by over 30 minutes. As well as competing in IM and triathlons Shane has undertaken numerous sportives, cycling challenges and hikes across Wales, Europe and further afield.

Many of these challenges have been in support of the charities that Shane champions, one of which is The Velindre Cancer Centre. Therefore the TDS gives Shane the opportunity to combine his passion with raising funds and awareness for this great charity, whilst providing the cycling community with two quality events that take in two spectacular areas of Wales’s both of which pass through national parks and give the riders a couple of memorable scenic and challenging sportives.

The Pembrokeshire Sportive – St Davids

Saturday 24th March 2018

The Pembrokeshire Sportive takes in some of the most beautiful little villages and roads that Pembrokeshire has to offer. The county that boasts the fact that it’s the only Coastal National Park in the UK and many of the areas 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.

The Amman Adventure – Cycle Sportive

Sunday 14th October 2018

The event is based at Shane’s first and “probably” last club Amman Utd RFC, which is an ideal starting location to explore the surrounding countryside and what Countryside it is; the roads, views and routes being utilised are rated amongst some of the best for cycling in the UK.

You will go over the impressive Black Mountain, through the Brecon Beacons National park, ride through the centre of the historic Welsh market towns of Llandovery and Brecon as well as the numerous picturesque valley villages and hamlets and mountain passes along the way. All with a mixture of decent climbs, technical downhill’s and nice long flat stretches. The two course are challenging but also achievable for all and with the timing of the event being mid October it’s ideal for one last ride of the season, or a social gathering after a hard season of competing or even a personal challenge to build up to,  Something for everyone!!

What you can expect from us

  • 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 Bag
  • And once it has all finished refreshments will be available at event HQ

 

The Pembrokeshire Sportive – 24th March 2018

50 miles Route

Time – 0830hrs

Location – St Davids, Pembrokeshire

Distance – 50 miles

Elevation Gain – 3488Ft

Starting at St David’s RFC you will 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!

Logistics

50 Mile Route £30ENTER

Start time 8am Full logistics to be published two months prior to event

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 to be confirmed

Pembrokeshire Sportive – 70 Miles

Date – 24th March

Time – 0830hrs

Location – St Davids, Pembrokeshire

Distance – 70mile

Elevation gain – 5137ft

Starting at St David’s RFC you will 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”!

Logistics

70mile Entry at £35 ENTER

Event starts at 0800hrs and full event details and logistics will be published prior to the event

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, pizza slices. Riders to be notified of locations

There will be a Safety/support vehicles out on the course should anyone require assistance

There will be a Safety/support vehicles out on the course should anyone require assistance

 

Tour de Shane – Amman Adventure

The 80 Miler

Date – Sunday 14th October 2018

Time – 0800hrs (exact starting times TBC)

Location – Amman Utd Rugby Club, Glanaman, Ammanford, SA18 1DQ

Distance – 80.5 miles

Elevation gain – 5579ft

The Amman Adventure 80 mile route takes in some of the most spectacular countryside the South Wales Valleys have to offer. With great roads that have ideal surfaces for cycling and although the route does have 3 or 4! respectable peaks the overall elevation for the course is reasonable, meaning there are also some great flat or down hill sections that really allow you to stretch the legs and enjoy the ride. As a sportive we feel the ride has the lot, from challenging climbs to rolling roads and great views.

The biggest and most brutal climb of the day comes after only 3 miles and will see you make a 4 mile climb over the Black Mountains, the first half of this climb is steady with the last two miles being an out of the saddle type push! a couple of things will keep you going through this hard slog, 1) the view at the top 2) the knowledge that the next 15 miles will be either down hill or flat! From here the route will take you down a spectacular and technical decent and once in the valley you will make your way to Llandovery, this section has a good few miles of flat, straight open roads, which will allow you to stretch your legs, before you reach the A40 and head into Brecon via Sennybridge, where you will cycle through the centre of the iconic market town.

From here you will start to make your way back to the Amman, via a spectacular mountain pass and onto the Crai mountain road, both of which have been real hits with previous cyclists of the Amman Adventure. As you cut through the Brecon Beacon National Park not surprisingly you will face one final climb of the day before passing by the national show caves of Wales and then through the valley towns and villages of Ystradgynlais and Cwmllynfell on your way back at Glanaman for much deserved refreshments.

What you get

  • The Route will be fully marked and marshalled at appropriate points
  • Timed event and times published on website – Although it is  sportive not a race
  • 2 x Aid stations stocked with fluid and food (exact locations to be sent to riders)
  • Goody Bag
  • Event T-shirt

Entry fee Early Bird £30 (£35 normal price) – till 1st Jan 2018ENTER

There will also be food and refreshments available at the start and finish line.

The Route

Amman Adventure – 50 Miler

Date – Sunday 14th October 2018

Time – 0830hrs (Exact timings TBC)

Location – Amman Utd Rugby Club, Glanaman, Ammanford, SA18 1DQ

Distance – 51.7 miles

Elevation gain – 4087ft

The Amman Adventure 50 mile route takes in some of the most spectacular countryside the South Wales Valleys have to offer. With great roads that have ideal surfaces for cycling and although the route does have 3 respectable peaks the overall elevation for the course is reasonable, meaning there are also some great flat or down hill sections that really allow you to stretch the legs and enjoy the ride. As a sportive we feel the ride has the lot, from challenging climbs to rolling roads and great views at an achievable distance.

The biggest and most brutal climb of the day comes after only 3 miles and will see you make a 4 mile climb over the Black Mountains, two things will keep you going through this hard slog, 1) the view at the top 2) the knowledge that the next 6 miles will be down hill! From here the 50 mile route has what we consider to be a treat a B road that takes you through the heart of the Brecon Beacons, past the Usk Reservoir, where you will join the A40 at Trecastle, this road really is a step back in time and although there are two cattle grid crossings, a steady climb to get to the ridge, once on the ridge it is spectacularly wild but with straight flat roads, which will allow you to enjoy the scenery. Once on the A40 you will make your way to Sennybridge, at the village renowned for its Military connections you will start to make your way back to the Amman through the Brecon Beacon National Park passing by the national show caves of Wales and through the valley towns and villages of Ystradgynlais and Cwmllynfell before arriving back at Glanaman for well earned refreshments.

This is a great route for those seeking a challenge but not quite sure about the 80 miler

What you get

  • The Route will be fully marked and marshalled at appropriate points
  • Timed event and times published on website – Although it is  sportive not a race
  • 2 x Aid stations stocked with fluid and food (exact locations to be sent to riders)
  • Goody Bag
  • Event T-shirt

Entry Fee £27 – Early Bird £27 open till 1st Jan 2018 (then £32)ENTER

There will also be food and refreshments available at the start and finish line.

The Route

Tour de Shane – Pembrokeshire Sportive

Pembrokeshire – 50 Mile Route – £30ENTER

Pembrokeshire – 7o Mile Route – £35 ENTER

Tour de Shane – Amman Adventure

Ammanford – 50 Mile Route – Early Bird to 1st Jane 2018 – £27 ENTER

Ammanford – 80 Mile Route – Early Bird till 1st Jane 2018 – £30ENTER

Refunds / Deferrals / Transfers Policy

Due to the small margins we operate against for each event and the growing running costs we no longer offer refunds on events once they are booked, we will however let you defer your entry to the next race or another event or will allow you transfer your entry up until the day before the event – Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Tour Reviews

5 based on 3 reviews
April 1, 2017

HUGE thanks you to all involved arranging this excellent (sometimes emotional!) event, not forgetting the marshals, safety crew, ladies and gents at the food stations, and of course Mr Shane Williams.

Diolch yn fawr iawn

April 2, 2017

excellent Marshalling great but tough route

April 4, 2017

Fantastic ride and yet another great ManUpUk event. Lucky with the weather but a great mix of flat and hills. Never ever get tired of the view from the Havens – definitely helped me get up Newgale hill and home!! Can’t wait for next year!!

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