How Wales became a cycling powerhouse

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How Wales became a cycling powerhouse

A look at the rise and rise of Welsh cycling


High-profile events

As well as big-name riders, Wales is also becoming a regular host for big-name events too – not least the Tour of Britain, for which Caerphilly Mountain is now a regular presence.

Packed with fans, the Mountain proved typically popular this year as Irishman Sam Bennett (An Post-Chain Reaction) raced to one of the biggest wins of his pro career.

Irishman Sam Bennett wins stage five of the Tour of Britain in Caerphilly (pic: ©Paul Hayes-Watkins)

It was not just Caerphilly on the calendar in 2013 either, as Llanberis saw a stage finish there, after a scenic ride through the picturesque Bettws-y-Coed, ensuring North Wales also got to sample some of the Tour.

Abergavenny has also become an important part of British Cycling, having been confirmed as the host of next year’s national road race – just five years after it last held the event in 2009.

Kristian House and Welsh hero Nicole Cooke were the victors on that occasion, and with Welsh cycling on the rise, who is to say there will not be another Welsh winner in 2014?

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