About the Event
Enjoy stunning scenery across a variety of routes around South Wales
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 6 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.
Your support helps to provide:
- Clinical nurse specialists in palliative care
- Welfare rights advisors
- Unicorn - bereavement support for children
- Complementary therapy outreach clinics
- Family support team
- 15 room in-patient unit
- Hospice at Home nurses
- 4 day hospices
We are pleased to offer 6 routes for 2018, 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 2017 event, please see the event information to check what other exciting changes have been made for 2018!
Everything you need to know, right here:
We have now passed the cut-off date for the pre-event jersey order, anyone ordering after 26th February will now receive their jerseys after 15th April.
Platinum, gold & silver routes
Including cycling jersey
Platinum, gold &
*Offer ends November 3rd 2017
Platinum, gold &
Bronze & midi routes
Including a technical t-shirt
*Offer ends November 3rd 2017
This 3 mile ride along the cycle path is ‘free entry’ for children, we provide Marshalls along the short route. All children are asked to be accompanied and raise sponsorship to support the work of St David’s Hospice Care.
- Your exclusive Tour de Gwent event cycling jersey or technical t-shirt*
- Motorcycle and volunteer marshals along the route
- Bike maintenance crew & recovery vehicles
- Route maps and directions
- Water and feed stations along the routes
- Various refreshments stalls available and LIVE music at the Event Village with a licensed bar, family activities and much more to enjoy.
*Please register as soon as possible to ensure your event jersey can be ordered in time for you to receive it before the event. The entry deadline to ensure you receive your Tour de Gwent 2018 jersey is Monday 26th February. We are unable to offer exchanges once the order has been placed with the supplier.
Start and finish
There is a choice of 5 circular routes, all starting and finishing at Caerleon Comprehensive School between 8am and 10.30am. The challenge is to complete your chosen course in 2-8 hours, with the aim to arrive back at Caerleon Comprehensive School by 5pm to enjoy the refreshments, entertainment and stalls.
Helmets must be worn at all times on any of the 6 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.
- There are restricted numbers for this event so early registration is advised to avoid disappointment.
- Platinum, Gold & Silver Routes - Participants must be a minimum age of 16 (on the day of the event).
- Bronze Route & Midi Routes - The minimum age is 14.
- Kids Route - There is no age restriction for the kids route, although all children must be accompanied by an adult.
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.
Rowe & King are offering ‘Improvers and Advanced’ training plans for registered participants. Drop us an email to let us know which plan you would like.
Jersey/technical t-shirt size guide
To help you to select the correct size jersey when registering, please take a look at this size guide: Tour de Gwent 2018 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 2018 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
- The Filling Station Cafe
- Perhaps go for a spot of lunch and return for their arrival to Caerleon Comprehensive School.
St Cadoc’s Hospital
Tel: 01633 436700
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.
Terms & conditions
We know it’s a lot to read, but please look over our Terms and Conditions.
Sponsors and Supporters
A huge thank you to our 2018 sponsors and supporters
The Tour de Gwent raises money for the incredible work that St David’s 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 at: tourdegwent@
Tel: 01633 851051
Tour de Gwent 2018 Sponsors
Tour de Gwent 2018 Supporters
Peak Performance Sports Therapy - Usk Cricket Club - Halfords Autocentres - The South Wales Bicycle Company - Newport Social Cycling - Roberto’s Cycling Repairs - Burtons Biscuits - Llandegfedd Visitor and Water Sports Centre – Caerleon Comprehensive School – St Cadoc’s Hospital – David Topping Cycle repairs – St John’s Ambulance
Ride for charity and brighten someone’s day
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 www.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.
Riding for St David’s Hospice? Here’s some text for your online sponsorship page:
Thank you for visiting my online giving sponsorship page
St David’s Hospice Care - What they do
St David’s Hospice Care is committed to providing bespoke, individual ‘free’ care for all our patients and their families. We work alongside patients and hope to support them at the most difficult times of their lives. Their aim is to ensure that patients have ‘real’ choice about the care they receive whilst maintaining dignity throughout their journey is paramount.
They appreciate all donations.
The Finish Line
Congratulations, you’ve finished! Now grab a beer!
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 refreshments stalls available for participants & spectators at Caerleon Comprehensive School, 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, lager or cider to all participants. They’ll be at the finish line until 6pm for you and your supporters to join in the celebrations.
- Coffee & snacks available to purchase
- Tiny Rebel mobile bar
- Refreshment stalls available for participants and spectators at the finish village
- Changing rooms available at Caerleon Comprehensive School, including secure bike park & baggage store
- Physiotherapy on offer from Peak Performance
- Live Music & Entertainment including side stalls
- Live Music & Entertainment
Keep in Touch
If you have any questions or queries regarding the Tour de Gwent please contact
St David’s Hospice Care:
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