Whitehead Tour de Gwent

The Tour de Gwent – Sunday 9th April 2017

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About the Event

Enjoy stunning scenery across a variety of routes around South Wales

Includes Event Cycling Jersey & Snood!

About the Tour de Gwent

The Tour de Gwent, organised by St David’s Hospice Care and sponsored by Whitehead Building Services, is the annual cycling event for everyone! With 5 carefully designed routes to choose from, each with their own unique features, the event offers something for cyclists of all abilities. From hard-core cyclists looking for an epic leg-burning challenge to families who’d prefer a pleasant ‘there-and-back’ along the River Usk, you won’t be disappointed.

The event is great for spectators as well as those doing the pedalling. Starting in the picturesque Roman town of Caerleon and then heading out to pass (arguably) some of the most idyllic scenery in South Wales, spectators are invited to enjoy a few hours exploring the local area or head out to a vantage point to cheer the riders along their chosen route.

About St David’s Hospice Care

By taking part in the Tour de Gwent you are supporting the work of St David’s Hospice Care, which means you are making a positive difference to patients and their families all throughout Newport, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Torfaen and South & Mid Powys. The sponsorship you raise will provide comprehensive palliative care to people facing life limiting illnesses and provide care and support to their families at a very difficult time. St David’s Hospice Care, with your help, aims to ensure that patients have the choice to receive care at home, surrounded by friends and family.

Here are some of the other services that your support helps to provide:

  • Clinical Nurse Specialists in Palliative Care
  • Family Support
  • Welfare Rights Advisors
  • Unicorn – Bereavement Support for Children
  • Complementary Therapy Outreach Clinics


The Routes

We are pleased to offer 5 routes for 2017, so take your pick...

Thanks to the different route options this is a cycling event to suit all abilities and has become a highlight in our annual event calendar. Moving on from the success of the 2016 event, please see the event information to check what other exciting changes have been made for 2017!

Event Information

Everything you need to know, right here

Enter by 24th Feb to receive your jersey to wear on the day!

Registration Cost and what it Includes

The entry fee is £50.00 (non-refundable) and includes the following:

  • Your exclusive Tour de Gwent event cycling jersey*
  • Your exclusive Tour de Gwent Snood when you’ve crossed the finish line
  • Training plan provided by Rowe and King (See Training and Preparation below)
  • Motorcycle and volunteer marshals along the route
  • Bike maintenance crew & recovery vehicles
  • Route maps and directions
  • Water and feed stations along the routes
  • BBQ for finishers at the Event Village where there will be LIVE music, a licensed bar, family activities and much more to enjoy.

*In order to guarantee your Jersey for the day, please register by 24th February. After this date, entries are still accepted but we cannot guarantee delivery date of the Jersey which might be up to 5 weeks after the event.


This years Tour de Gwent takes place on Sunday 9th April 2017.

Start and Finish

There is a choice of 5 circular routes, all starting and finishing at Caerleon Cricket Pavilion between 8am and 10.30am. The challenge is to complete your chosen course in 2-8 hours, with the aim to arrive back at the Finish Village in Caerleon by 5pm to enjoy the BBQ, refreshments, entertainment and stalls.

Your Safety

Helmets must be worn at all times on any of the 5 routes. This is NOT a closed road event so participants must be mindful of traffic and pedestrians. All cyclists must abide by The Highway Code.

Registration Requirements

There are restricted numbers for this event so early registration is advised to avoid disappointment. Participants must be a minimum age of 16 on the day of the event. (For the Midi route, the minimum age is 12). All participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and submit a consent form completed and signed by parent/guardian.

Training and Preparation

As part of your structured training plan you should be able to comfortably ride somewhere near your event day distance one month before the event date. ‘Comfortable’ meaning that you must feel as though you could still ride more at the end of the distance. These distances are minimum targets to ensure that you can enjoy your event in safety and enjoy the experience. If you can complete them it doesn’t mean that you can stop your training, you must keep following your training plan up to the event day.

Your FREE Training Plan

All registered participants can be provided with a FREE training plan from Tour de Gwent sponsors, Rowe and King. Once you have registered for the event, please email fundraising@stdavidshospicecare.org stating your name and which plan you would like to receive: Improvers or Experienced.

Rowe & King

Jersey Size Guide

To help you to select the correct size jersey when registering, please take a look at this size guide
Tour de Gwent 2017 Jersey Size Guide

Bike and Kit Checklist

Please download and read this bike and kit checklist to ensure you are prepared for the event:
Tour de Gwent 2017 Bike & Kit Checklist


Watch the riders leave Caerleon, or meet them at the fuel stations to show your support. Fuel stations (depending on route) are located at:

  • Usk Cricket Pavilion
  • Raglan - outside Raglan Primary school
  • Monmouth Cattle - Market Car Park
  • Tintern Church Hall 

Perhaps go for a spot of lunch and return for their arrival to the finishers village.
Find out more about each route


The Priory, Caerleon thepriorycaerleon.co.uk
The Celtic Manor, Newport celtic-manor.com
Coldra Court, by Celtic Manor, Newport celtic-manor.com/coldra-court-hotel
Holiday Inn, Newport hinewport.co.uk


Unfortunately there is strictly no parking at Caerleon Cricket Pavillion, however, there is a drop off point available.  Free parking for participants is available at the former Newport University site in Caerleon but please note this is an approximately 0.5 mile walk from the start line.

Parking Directions

Participants Lunch Packs

Lunch packs can be transported to Raglan & Monmouth for your convenience.  Please use disposable storage containers/bags as these WILL NOT be returned.

Additional information

Showers available at Pavilion
Secure Bike Park
Baggage Store

Photographs available for purchase after the event from Huw Fairclough Photography

The Small Print

We know it’s a lot to read, but please look over our Terms and Conditions.

Sponsors and Supporters

Huge thanks to our wonderful sponsors and supporters

The Tour de Gwent raises money for the incredible work that St Davids Hospice Care provides each year. This is made possible not only by the participants but by our wonderful sponsors and supporters.

Want to sponsor the ride?

Sponsoring or supporting the ride is a great way to get your name or brand noticed. Your logo can be included on our popular event cycling jersey that each entrant gets to keep. We have sponsorship opportunities to suit every budget. Please get in touch to find out more fundraising@stdavidshospicecare.org

Tour de gwent 2017 Sponsors

WhiteheadKymin Financial PlannersTiny RebelMCL LogisticsMon Motors Groupg2agocompareprotectorcommsHAAS COParade DesignBasepoint Business CentresCounty MarqueesAdvantae Accountancy & AdvisoryAdvantae Accountancy & AdvisoryRowe & King


Ride for Charity

St David’s Hospice Care organizes the Tour de Gwent in order to raise vital funds. They are very grateful to all participants and to those who raise any amount of sponsorship - every penny makes a real difference. With your help all patients will receive free hospice services, giving them a real choice of where they receive end of life care. This can mean so much to the family at a very difficult time. Find out more about the important service that St David’s Hospice Care provides on their website stdavidshospicecare.org

How can you raise money?

You can download a sponsor form to raise funds for St David’s Hospice Care. However, we recommend setting up a Just Giving page or Virgin Money Giving page – it’s simple to do and makes it easy for your friends, family, colleagues and supporters to sponsor you. Set up your page now!

Ride for any good cause

Raising Sponsorship for St David’s Hospice Care is not compulsory – you are very welcome to raise money for any charity of your choice. Please contact the Charity of your Choice and let them know that you are riding to support them.

The Finish Line

Congratulations! You’ve finished!

Don’t forget to collect your finisher’s snood!

Time to relax

Once you cross the line make sure you stretch your legs, secure your bike then enjoy everything the event village has to offer. Refuel with something from the BBQ which is FREE for participants then grab yourself a well-earned beer and relax, listening to some live music. There’ll be plenty to see and do for the whole family so invite friends and family to cheer you across the finish line. Your legs might ache but you can pat yourself on the back and feel proud, knowing that by taking part you are making a difference to the people in the community who need the help of St David’s Hospice Care.

Enjoy your well earned beer!

We are proud to announce that Tiny Rebel Brewery will once again be handing out a FREE glass of their award-winning beer to all participants. They’ll be at the finish line until 7pm for you and your supporters to join in the celebrations.

Additional information

  • Coffee Van & Snacks available to purchase
  • Bar available at Caerleon Rugby Club
  • Showers available at Pavilion
  • Secure Bike Park
  • Baggage Store
  • Physiotherapy on offer from Peak Performance (in return for a donation towards the work of St David’s Hospice Care)
  • Live Music & Entertainment


Go on, do something amazing!

Online registration has now closed...
But don’t worry! You can still register on the day. Please take note of registration times on the Event Information page. 

Thank you for your support.


Keep in Touch

If you have any questions or queries regarding the Tour de Gwent please contact
St David’s Hospice Care:

01633 851051


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