27 – 28 – 29 August 2016
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.
Like most Grand Tours it starts with an individual time trial, followed by, new for 2016, an epic run into the Crai and Neath Valleys before the ascent of the one of Wales’ iconic climbs: the Rhigos Mountain. Sunday begins with the circuit race at Parc Bryn Bach that looks innocuous but can often catch the overall contenders out. After lunch, the riders set out from Abergavenny on a flat, fast sprinter’s paradise around Hardwick, Mitcheltroy and Raglan.
Bank Holiday Monday sees the race run through the Brecon Beacons National Park, culminating at the now legendary climb of the Tumble. There’s something for everyone – and a look back through the race’s three decade history is a who’s who of future cycling superstars.
The 2016 edition of the race is now complete. We saw three days of tough, ultra competitive racing, through beautiful Welsh countryside, and under sunshine, wind, and a little rain. Thank you to everyone who rode, helped, sponsored, made possible, watched, and hopefully enjoyed. The results are now available via the menu bar, and we’ll be assembling links to the many different photo and video galleries over the next few days. If you have any you’d like us to link to, just drop us an email or tweet @JuniorTourWales.
The SD Sealants Junior Tour of Wales will return
on 26-27-28 August 2017
Photographs courtesy of and © Guy Swarbrick and Andy Whitehouse for British Cycling