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Shane Williams MBE

We are delighted to be working with Shane once again on the Tour de Shane cycle Sportive. Following a long and glittering professional rugby career where he gained a number of honours. Winning 2 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 three times and in 2016 broke the magical 12hrs mark by over 30 minutes for the first time. Then very recently in 2018 set his own PB at an extremely impressive 11:19:03hrs. 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 rides. Our aim with Shane is to make the two Tour de Shane Cycle sportive a memorable and must do cycle challenge

Photos of The Pembrokeshire Sportive 2018

The Pembrokeshire Sportive – St Davids

Date – Saturday 30th March 2019 –

70 Miles, £35 – Enter Here

50 Miles, £32 – Enter Here

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 you see the TDS as one-off personal challenge and a chance to support Shane in his role as an ambassador for this great charity.

The Amman Adventure – Cycle Sportive

2018 Amman Adventure – Results Click Here

2019’s details to follow

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 throughout the year,  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 – 30th March 2019

50 miles Route

The Finishing Order and Report 2018 TDS – Pembrokeshire

Photos of Pembrokeshire Sportive 2018

Time – 0900hrs

Location – St Davids, Pembrokeshire

Distance – 50 miles

Elevation Gain – 3525Ft

50 Mile, £32  – ENTER HERE

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.

NEW ROUTE 2019

What better way to start an event than riding out of the magnificent palace gates and along the cathedral Close before heading up Quickwell Hill and into St Davids. From here the route will change from previous years. It will be cycled in reverse (with a few new sections)

This means to join the A487 and heading East towards Haverfordwest. The first real challenge will see you dust off the morning cobwebs, with a short but tidy climb up Solva Hill, after a few more miles you will start your decent into Newgale and once at sea level will make a right turn and begin your tour of The Havens and Mid Pembrokeshire. This section is full of charming fishing ports, hamlets and rural lanes all with some great views. You will skim around the perimeter of the County town before heading back onto the A487 and attacking Newgale Hill again, but this time on the ascent! At the top of the hill you will turn right and head inland dissecting North Pembs till you reach Croesgoch. From here you will go across the cross roads and down onto the coast road and work your way back to St Davids. Like the 70 Miler this is a challenging but spectacular route!

Goody Bags – Goody bags will be provided to all riders and will include a TdS commemorative souvenir.

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 at

Pen-y-cwm – 36 miles

Pembrokeshire Sportive – 70 Miles

Date – Saturday, 30th March, 2019

Time – 0900hrs

Location – St Davids, Pembrokeshire

Distance – 70mile

Elevation gain – 5902ft

£35ENTER HERE

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.

NEW ROUTE 2019

What better way to start an event than riding out of the magnificent palace gates and along the cathedral Close before heading up Quickwell Hill and into St Davids. From here the route will change from previous years. It will be cycled in reverse (with a few new sections)

This means to join the A487 and heading East towards Haverfordwest. The first real challenge will see you dust off the morning cobwebs, with a short but tidy climb up Solva Hill, after a few more miles you will start your decent into Newgale and once at sea level will make a right turn and begin your tour of The Havens and Mid Pembrokeshire. This section is full of charming fishing ports, hamlets and rural lanes all with some great views. You will skim around the perimeter of the County town before heading back onto the A487 and attacking Newgale Hill again, but this time on the ascent! At the top of the hill you will turn right and head inland dissecting North Pembs to you reach the coast at Goodwick. From here you go up Stop and Call Hill (Rather than down it) which is another decent climb! Once at the top you will meander your way along the North West Coast Line of Pembrokeshire till you find your way back to the City. A challenging but spectacular route!

70mile Route, £35 – ENTER HERE

If you are attending on the morning we are asking that you park in Quickwell Hill car park and make your way down the hill to the Bishops Palace (400m)

Goody Bags – Goody bags will be provided to all riders and will include a TdS commemorative souvenir.

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 at

Pen-y-cwm – 36Miles

Mathry – 58 Miles

STAYING IN THE AREA

The Waterings B&B are offering a 20% discount to all Tour de Shane Riders, so if you want to make a weekend of it, check out their website – To claim the discount you will have to contact Will either via email or phone (details on website)

THE WATERINGS B&B

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

Tour de Shane – Amman Adventure

The 80 Miler

2018 ResultsCLICK HERE

2019 Details – To Follow

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

Distance – 80.5 miles

Elevation gain – 5579ft

Logistics – Full details of the logistics, Aid stations, Registration, car parking and so on will appear here soon.

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 £35

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

The Route

Amman Adventure – 50 Miler

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

Distance – 50 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 £32

The Route

Tour de Shane – Pembrokeshire Sportive

Pembrokeshire – 50 Mile Route – £32 – ENTER HERE

Pembrokeshire – 7o Mile Route – £35 – ENTER HERE

Tour de Shane – Amman Adventure

Ammanford – 50 Mile Route – Date TBC

Ammanford – 80 Mile Route – Date TBC

Refunds / Deferrals / Transfers Policy

Due to the small margins we operate  within for each event and the growing running costs we no longer offer refunds on events once they are booked.

This includes for injuries / Illness or any other reason why the competitor can not make it. We will however let you defer your entry to the next race or another event or will allow you transfer your entry to another rider up until the day before the event.

If we have to postpone the event for circumstances out of our control i.e. The weather, natural disaster, or any other unforeseen incident. We will endeavour to run the event again ASAP. If this date is not suitable to you, you have the following options.

Defer your entry to the next race or another event or will allow you transfer your entry to another rider up until the day before the event.

– Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Tour Reviews

5 based on 6 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!!

December 27, 2017

The Amman Valley Adventure Man-Up UK was awesome despite the wind. Well supported and a great challenging course. ?

October 29, 2018

the Amman adventure was a great day out with stunning views, will do again next year

October 29, 2018

Thank you Steven

December 15, 2018

Tour de Shane 2018
Great event, well organised, fully supported with well marked route.
Well done all looking forward to 2019 👍

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