Gwynedd plays host to major cycling road race
On Sunday, 17 June, the final stage of Britain’s most prestigious professional women’s cycle race will get underway in Dolgellau, travelling up through Barmouth, Harlech and Nant Gwynant, before finishing-up in Colwyn Bay.
The fifth edition of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour will cover new ground for its final stage as it visits Wales for the first time. During the 122 kilometre stage, spectators will be able to see Welsh stars Dani Rowe and Manon Lloyd as they take on the current World, European and Commonwealth Road Race champions - Chantal Blaak, Marianne Vos and Chloe Hosking.
Councillor Ioan Thomas, Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming the OVO Energy Women’s Tour event and some of the world's top cyclists to Gwynedd.
“This visit of such a high-profile sporting event will be a fantastic opportunity to highlight some of the most stunning landscapes in the country and once again raise Gwynedd’s profile on a national and international stage.
“The fifth and final stage will see the tour visit the south Gwynedd area which hosts numerous exciting outdoor events and activities along with a number of major cultural events.
"We hope that the visit of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour to Gwynedd will both provide a welcome boost to the local economy, as well as offering an inspiration to Gwynedd's young people to make the most of the fantastic natural resources the county has to offer."
The fifth stage of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour will get underway from Eldon Square in Dolgellau at 10.30am on Sunday, 17 June. Gwynedd Young Sporting Ambassadors will be introducing the cycling teams as they prepare for the start from Dolgellau.
The stage will see 18 riders who are part of the HSBC UK Breeze programme aimed at helping women feel confident and comfortable about going out to cycle ride 3km ahead of competitors as the tour heads out from Dolgellau towards Barmouth.
As part of the preparations for the event, some roads in the area with be closed to vehicles on the morning of Sunday, 17 June. Information has been shared with local households and businesses and signs will be put in place to advise the public of all alternative routes.
More information about the OVO Energy Women’s Tour and details regarding the event and the stage which travels through Gwynedd on 17 June is available here: http://womenstour.co.uk/
Manon Lloyd has won junior medals on the European level and now races for the Trek-Drops cycling team (Image courtesy of SWPix)