2017’s inaugural Tour de Shane caught on camera  

After the huge success and positive feed back of the first staging of the Tour de Shane the date for next year has been set

Tour de Shane – St Davids – Pembrokeshire

Saturday 24th March 2018

Come and join the former Wales, and British & Irish Lions Rugby Legend – and now 2 times Ironman Wales Finisher –  Shane Williams MBE on his ride to raise awareness and funds for the Velindre Cancer Charity.

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 it’s 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 you can expect from us

  • Fully Marked out courses
  • 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

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, which has very recently 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 world a quality event in a great part of world.

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Tour De Shane will see 20% of all profits being donated to The Velindre Cancer CentreVelindre is one of the largest cancer centres in the UK and every year it supplies specialist cancer services to over 1.5m patients across south wales and beyond. Fundraising and charitable donations are a major source of income for the centre, our aim is to raise as much income and awareness as possible to help Velindre in its continually fight against this cruellest of diseases

The 50 Mile Route

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 Miler entry £30 BOOK HERE

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

1st Aid Station Keeston 17.7 Miles

2nd Aid Station Broad Haven 35.7 Miles

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

The route may be subject to slight alterations if deemed necessary for the safety and enjoyment of the rider, if this is the case competitors will be notified ASAP

The 70 Mile Route

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

Event Date 24th March 2018

70mile Entry   Book Here

Event starts at 0800hrs and full event details and logistics will be published 2 months prior to the start

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.

Locations

Goodwick – 18.6 (Water only)

Keeston – 37 miles

Broad Haven – 55miles

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

The route may be subject to slight alterations if deemed necessary for the safety and enjoyment of the rider, if this is the case competitors will be notified ASAP

Event Date 24th March 2018

50 miles £30 – Book Here

70 Miles £35 – Book Here 

 

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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