The 2018 OVO Energy Tour of Britain, is the country’s most prestigious cycle race and Carmarthenshire will welcome the race for the first time for the opening stage.
There are 8 stage in total and on Sunday the 2nd of September 120 world famous professional cyclists will gather at Pembrey Country Park to begin Stage 1 of the race, which will make its way through Kidwelly, Carmarthen, Nantgaredig, Llanarthne, Ffairfach, Bethlehem, Llangadog and Llandovery. The race will leave Carmarthenshire continuing through the Brecon Beacons and finishing in Newport City Centre, covering a total of 175 kilometres for Stage 1.
This is going to be such a fun and one-off event for the kids to see, with the added bonus that it is Free to watch. So, if you’re looking for places to take them to watch here is a map of the route below or Click Here to download a more detailed route map.
Sprint and Mountain Spots
In Carmarthenshire there are 2 Sprints and 1 King of the Mountain sites.
If you are planning on going to Pembrey Country Park to watch the start, you will need to be inside the park by 9.30am at the latest before Factory Road gets closed. The cyclists will depart from Pembrey Country Park at 11am, so you won’t be able to leave Pembrey Country Park until 12 noon at the earliest. Entry to Pembrey Country Park will be from 6am with parking chares being reduced to £2 before 9am and £5 from 9 - 9.30am, entry will be refused after 9.30am.
Free parking is available at Festival Fields in Llanelli and Seaview Terrace in Burry Port. Both areas provide access to the traffic free Millennium Coastal Path where you can walk or cycle into Pembrey Country park. Festival fields is 6.5 miles away from the park and Seaview Terrace is 2.5 miles away.
All parking at County Council car parks along the route will be free to use during the event and it’s worth using them because any vehicles parked on or obstructing the route will be towed away and you will have to pay a release fee!
If you plan on watching elsewhere around the route here are the estimated arrival times of the fastest riders:
The Tour of Britain website has the full timetable for Stage One, with estimated arrival times shown at three different race speeds, which you can Visit Here. Heads up though as you will need to arrive at least an hour and a half before these times as it will be busy and there will be rolling road closures.
If you are unable to make it out to the road side, you can watch exclusive LIVE coverage from start to finish of every stage on ITV4 and highlights will be shown every evening. Eurosport will also be bringing viewers three hours of LIVE coverage every day in the UK, Europe and around the world.
There will be a rolling road closure enforced, this means roads on and around the race route will be closed for a short period to allow the race to pass by, which is usually about 10 to 15 minutes around the estimated time of arrival and indicated by police escort vehicles. There will an advance vehicle 15 minutes ahead of the race, so you will know it is coming.
Factory Road which links the main entrance to Pembrey Country Park and the junction with the A484 will be closed from 9:30am until 12 noon. Traffic management will be in place and its expected that traffic will be disruption from 7am – 4pm on the race day.
Don’t forget these cyclists are going to be whizzing past you at some speed so keep your kids well back and any dogs on leads.
Also remember these cyclists are putting their all into winning this race, so be respectful and keep all bags and objects out the way and if your taking photos don’t stand in their way and slow them down or worse have loose belonging flying about that could trip them up.
Oh, and Don’t forget to shout and cheer to motivate them, I’m sure they will totally appreciate it and if your posting any photos on social media everyone will be using #CycleCarms and #OVOToB