August Bank Holiday 2017
Five stages, four jerseys, one bank holiday weekend, one hundred riders and a hundred and ninety miles of the best racing roads in the UK. The SD Sealants Junior Tour of Wales is the grand finale to the British Cycling Junior Road Series, and an event riders all over the world are eager to add to their palmares.
The 2016 edition of the race saw three days of tough, ultra competitive racing, through beautiful Welsh countryside, and under sunshine, wind, and a little rain. The Champion System – VCUK – PH-MAS team left a strong stamp on the race, with Robert Scott taking the opening time trial and flying first-year Tom Pidcock wrapping up two more stages. With a win on the famous Tumble, Tom immediately marked himself out as one of the favourites for the overall win in 2017. Wales’ Peter Kibble took a stunning solo victory on the Rhigos Mountain on Saturday afternoon, with Squadra RT’s Billy Robinson clinching the sprinter’s stage at Abergavenny on Sunday – ahead of one Fred Wright of VC Londres. And in the end, after a canny, intelligent race, Wright became the first, first year junior since Alex Dowsett in 2005 to win overall. Charlie Quarterman of the Zappi’s Junior Team capped a strong, attacking race with the King of the Mountains jersey. Matt Walls of Velocity GlobalBike sprinted into Green with Jake Swinnerton of Swinnerton Cycles taking the Blue Jersey of Best Young Rider. With Fred, Jake, Tom and many more coming back stronger, faster and more experienced this year, and with an exciting fresh intake of first years, the 2017 edition is going to be a
The SD Sealants Junior Tour of Wales will return
Photographs courtesy of and © Huw Fairclough, and Guy Swarbrick, Andy Whitehouse for British Cycling