Tour Rides - Tour of Britain Routes!

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    Alistair TR New Member

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    Hi All,
    1/3rd Early Bird Discount!! (Register before 16th May)
    I’m a freelance cycle consultant and currently working with The Prostate Cancer Charity to help promote their Tour Rides. Last year was a brilliant year with some outstanding routes. There is something very special about riding the same route as the Pro’s do on the Tour of Britain. I hope to post lots of info as it all emerges and if you have any questions feel free to ask here.
    Most importantly at the moment is the Early Bird Discount of 1/3 off if you register before 16th May!!!
    There is an ever bigger choice of rides this year, so have a good look here www.tourride.co.uk
    I’m going to be riding the Pro Ride in Wales, a real stunning route running from castle to castle! Okay, that’s it for now....don’t miss the early bird discount!
    Cheerio
    Alistair
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    This is a very good cause. Keep it up!
     
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    [SIZE= 10pt]Just a quick reminder that the Early Bird Offer of 33% discount ends in 5 days time on Monday 16th May. It’s a BIG discount and so not one to miss![/SIZE]

    [SIZE= 10pt]I’ve entered the Pro Ride in Wales http://www.tourride.co.uk/wales.asp which is a real corker of a sportive with almost 3,000m of height gain. If that’s a bit much check out the Challenge Ride.[/SIZE]

    [SIZE= 10pt]If you have any questions just post them here.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]Alistair[/SIZE]
     
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    Thanks Seightcustom /img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif

    The Early Bird Discount Offer of 1/3rd off ends at midnight on Monday 16th May, so just 3 and a bit days left!!
    I’m up in Aberystwyth for the Tour Series later on this month (26th) and would happily meet up with anyone who would like to chat about the Tour Ride Wales in more detail.....or just ask away here!
    ......and all this is included as well as a castle to start and finish at in Wales!
    • Rider chips
    • The Tour of Britain fully signed route
    • Ride under The Tour of Britain gantry at start and finish
    • Well stocked food and drink stops
    • NEG motor marshals
    • Full paramedic cover
    • Medals
    • Bike mechanics
    • Goody bag
    • Event photographer
    • Marshalled route
    • Electronic rider manual
    • Pasta meal

    Alistair
     
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    Okay then, this is the final countdown on the early bird offer as it ends at midnight tonight!

    So if you are thinking of riding either a Pro Ride or a Challenge Ride you could save 1/3rd by signing up today!

    • Pro Ride - £23 (reduced from £35)
    • Challenge Ride - £20 (reduced from £30)

    I’ve entered the Pro Ride in Wales (so far) http://www.tourride.co.uk/wales-pro-ride.asp

    Happy Cycling
    Alistair
     
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    [SIZE= 10pt]Hi All,[/SIZE]

    [SIZE= 10pt]I’m up in Wales this Thursday evening to watch Round 2 of the Halfords Tour Series in Aberystwyth and so I’m going to take the opportunity of checking out in detail the Tour Ride Route in Wales (which I’ve already signed up for) from Welshpool Castle to Caerphilly Castle on Friday. [/SIZE][SIZE= 10pt]I’ll post as much info here later this week, but feel free to ask any questions that you have about the route.[/SIZE]

    [SIZE= 10pt]http://www.tourride.co.uk/wales.asp[/SIZE]

    [SIZE= 10pt]It would be great to see some large groups from clubs; I’ve heard that Chippenham Wheelers are putting in a number of riders.......... anyone else part of a group?[/SIZE]

    [SIZE= 10pt]Alistair[/SIZE]
     
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    [SIZE= 10pt]Hey All,[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]I went up to watch Round 2 of the Halfords Tour Series in Aberystwyth, where the gale force winds were hammering the riders (brave guys) and I was a tad unsure how the next day was going to be, as I hoping to complete the Tour Ride route in Wales.[/SIZE]

    [SIZE= 10pt]How luck were we! We got to Welshpool and somehow managed to dodge the rain all day and had an excellent time with Yanto Barker and Chris Sidwells. Just between us, Chris is hoping to publish an article on 16th June in Cycling Weekly (actually spread the news, it should have some great pics).[/SIZE]

    [SIZE= 10pt]It is such a scenic route, initially in the Severn Valley and then winding its way to Builth Wells. After Brecon the road is breathtaking, in more ways than one, as it climbs up Glyn Tarell, over the Brecon Beacons and then descends passed the reservoirs and down into Caerphilly with the finish right next to the castle.[/SIZE]

    [SIZE= 10pt]I’m up for the Dragon Ride this weekend, but I have to say, I’m soooooooooo looking forward to the Tour Ride in Wales and cycling it with so many riders![/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]http://www.tourride.co.uk/wales.asp[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]Cheerio[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]Alistair[/SIZE]
     
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    [SIZE= 10pt]Hey All,[/SIZE]

    [SIZE= 10pt]I was asked in another forum about how the Dragon Ride compared with the Tour Ride in Wales and I hope the following helps a bit.[/SIZE]

    [SIZE= 10pt]Well there are quite a lot of similarities, I guess, the countryside the flow of the roads and the way the way that the mountains are crossed. The Wiggle Dragon Ride this year was considered to be harder than last. I completed the Medio ride due to other commitments and so can’t make a direct comparison, however the stats will be quite similar. I’ve set out a few details about the Tour Ride below, just my thoughts, so don’t totally hold me to the detail. I think it will prove to be a very satisfying ride and I always love a linear route, it’s a real journey as well as a challenge![/SIZE]

    [SIZE= 10pt]The start is pretty level with the odd bump here and there and stays like that until you get to Newtown/Y Drenewydd. You’re then climbing for about 7 miles or so at an average gradient of 4%, so easy enough to just turn the pedals, until you reach the highest point at 370m (Gwynant). After that you’re losing height for about 35 miles with the usual bumps/hills again to keep the legs warm. For the Pro Ride, Brecon is reached at about 70 mile mark and from here I think the road is a real peach, nice steady climbing, again averaging about 4% and stunning views as you wind your way through the national park. Once you’ve got to the Storey Arms Centre you can let gravity take over, well almost, those short sharp little hills still keep cropping up a bit, but not too much, okay the road around Caephilly Common is a bit of a sting in the tail, just to wake up those leg muscles again, before a spectacular finishing backdrop around the castle.[/SIZE]

    [SIZE= 10pt]Alistair[/SIZE]
     
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    [SIZE= 10pt]Hi All,[/SIZE]

    [SIZE= 10pt]Details of the transfer options are just about to go live on www.tourride.co.uk website, but I thought I’d post the options for the Tour Ride in Wales here, to give you all a heads up as I’ve had lots of questions about how it will work.[/SIZE]

    [SIZE= 10pt]It’s a great opportunity to ride not only the Tour of Britain route from castle to castle, but also a linear route which is a real journey. Any questions, just ask away - Alistair[/SIZE]


    [SIZE= 10pt]Transfer Options - Wales[/SIZE]

    [SIZE= 10pt]Option 1 (for Pro Tour riders) Price £20.00[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]Transfer service for riders and bike from [/SIZE][SIZE= 10pt]Caerphilly to Welshpool[/SIZE][SIZE= 10pt] on[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]Saturday 20th August[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]Transfer Duration 2hr 45 mins (approx)[/SIZE]

    [SIZE= 10pt]Option 2 (for Pro Tour riders) Price £10.00[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]Transfer service for riders only from [/SIZE][SIZE= 10pt]Caerphilly to Welshpool[/SIZE] [SIZE= 10pt]on[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]Saturday 20th August[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]Transfer Duration 2hr 45 mins (approx)[/SIZE]

    [SIZE= 10pt]Option 3 (for Challenge Tour riders) Price £ 15.00[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]Transfer service for riders and bikes from [/SIZE][SIZE= 10pt]Caerphilly[/SIZE][SIZE= 10pt] to [/SIZE][SIZE= 10pt]Builth Wells[/SIZE][SIZE= 10pt] on[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]Saturday 20th August[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]Transfer Duration 1hr 30 mins (approx)[/SIZE]

    [SIZE= 10pt]Option 4 (for Challenge Tour riders) Price £ 7.50[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]Transfer service for riders only from [/SIZE][SIZE= 10pt]Caerphilly[/SIZE][SIZE= 10pt] to [/SIZE][SIZE= 10pt]Builth Wells[/SIZE][SIZE= 10pt] on[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]Saturday 20th August[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]Transfer Duration 1hr 30 mins (approx)[/SIZE]

    [SIZE= 10pt]Option 5 (for Pro Tour riders) Price £20.00[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]Transfer service for riders and bikes from [/SIZE][SIZE= 10pt]Caerphilly to Welshpool[/SIZE] [SIZE= 10pt]on[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]Sunday 21st August[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]Transfer Duration 2hr 45 mins (approx)[/SIZE]

    [SIZE= 10pt]Option 6 (for Challenge Tour riders) Price £15.00[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]Transfer service for riders and bikes from [/SIZE][SIZE= 10pt]Caerphilly[/SIZE][SIZE= 10pt] to [/SIZE][SIZE= 10pt]Builth Wells[/SIZE][SIZE= 10pt] on[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]Sunday 21st August[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]Transfer Duration 1hr 30 mins (approx)[/SIZE]
     
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    [SIZE= 10pt]Subject: Transfer Details, Maps, Routes and gpx[/SIZE]

    [SIZE= 10pt]Hi All,
    Loads of details have now been posted about all of the Tour Rides
    [/SIZE]
    [SIZE= medium]I’m riding the Pro Ride in Wales and all the info for the two rides in Wales can be found here:

    Pro Ride
    [/SIZE][SIZE= 10pt]http://www.tourride.co.uk/wales-pro-ride.asp[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= medium]and
    Challenge Ride
    [/SIZE][SIZE= 10pt]http://www.tourride.co.uk/wales-challenge-ride.asp[/SIZE]

    [SIZE= 10pt]As well as the route/map you can check out the transfer details and download a gpx file for whatever gadget you use.

    It's been great to catch up with so many of you during the Tour Series and I'm looking forward to riding the Pro Ride in Wales with as many of you that can make it :)
    Cheerio for now
    Alistair
    [/SIZE]
     
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    [SIZE= 10pt]Here we go then, the Grand Depart this Saturday of the TdF! How about signing up for a leg of our ToB? One of the most challenging stages will be stage 4, Welshpool to Caerphilly on 14th September, why not ride it before the Pro’s do, full details here: http://www.tourride.co.uk/wales.asp maps, gpx and full details are on the website. [/SIZE]

    [SIZE= 10pt]It’s a brilliant linear route, a real tour stage and helpfully, transfers can be booked if you need them. See you there![/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]Alistair[/SIZE]
     
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    Hi All,
    Link to a really useful training guide for sportive or challenge rides here
    http://gb.zinio.com/reader.jsp?issue=416175624&o=ext

    Thought you might like to know the registration closing dates for the various Tour Rides:

    Location Event Date Registration Closes
    East Anglia 24th July 10th July
    Wales 21st August 7th August
    Scotland 4th September 21st August
    London 18th September 7th September
    Stoke-on-Trent 25th September 11th September

    Happy Biking!
    Alistair
    P.S. Just heard that some of the Endura Team will be riding the Tour Ride in East Anglia!
     
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    [SIZE= medium]Last year I was fortunate enough to be offered the chance to ride in one of the commissaire cars with my son, following the Tour of Britain from Tavistock to Glastonbury. It gave me insight into road racing that up until then I could only have guessed at. It was a brilliant day![/SIZE]

    [SIZE= medium]Well I’ve just been sent the following offer, so if you are about to sign up for a Tour Ride make sure that you enter the code at the end…..best of luck! Alistair[/SIZE]

    [SIZE= medium]Win 2 tickets in a race car[/SIZE]

    [SIZE= medium]Register before 7th August 2011 and win 2 tickets for a place in a race car on a professional stage of The Tour of Britain. This money can't buy prize includes hospitality at the start and finish lines plus an up close and personal experience of the race! [/SIZE]

    [SIZE= medium]All you need to do is sign-up for a Tour Ride of your choice (except East Anglia) and enter the code below during registration. [/SIZE]
    [SIZE= medium]TR11UEALL[/SIZE]

    [SIZE= medium]http://www.tourride.co.uk[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= medium] [/SIZE]
     
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    [SIZE= medium]Congratulations to all those who rode the Tour Ride in East Anglia on Sunday. We are always keen to get feedback good and bad, so please feel free to post your comments here and we’ll pass them on to the events organisation that put the rides on for The Prostate Cancer Charity.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= medium]
    I know that a lot of massive personal achievements were clocked up on Sunday, so well done to all on your new PB distances!!
    [/SIZE]

    [SIZE= medium]Alistair[/SIZE]
     
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    [SIZE= 10pt]Hi All,[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]Here’s a rallying cry for Welsh cyclists! – Dame Shirley Bassey says “On your bike!”[/SIZE]

    [SIZE= 10pt]Welsh singer Dame Shirley Bassey has thrown her support behind The Prostate Cancer Charity’s Tour Ride in Wales this month (21st August). The cycling event offers people the chance to ride an official stage of the Tour of Britain whilst raising funds to fight the most common cancer in men in the UK. Bassey said: “I think it’s a wonderful idea that my beloved South Wales valleys should be the backdrop for this amazing Tour Ride www.tourride.co.uk and would urge all fit cyclists to sign up, although I don’t envy you on the challenging hill climbs! The Prostate Cancer Charity is a great cause; I’m delighted to be supporting it.”[/SIZE]

    [SIZE= 10pt]http://itvwalesblog.com/2011/08/01/dame-shirley-bassey-says-on-your-bike-for-charity-cycle/[/SIZE]

    [SIZE= 10pt]Brilliant sunshine today /img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif[/SIZE]

    [SIZE= 10pt]Alistair[/SIZE]
     
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    [SIZE= 10pt]HI All,[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]Just a bit of info for you all.[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]You can still sign up online until midnight Sunday 14th for the Tour Ride in Wales and after that you can sign up on the day, but it really is much quicker online![/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]Best of luck to all those that have already signed up and fingers crossed for good weather – not long now![/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]http://www.tourride.co.uk/wales.asp[/SIZE]
    [SIZE= 10pt]Alistair[/SIZE]
     
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