CARMARTHENSHIRE plays host to stage five of the 2022 Women’s Tour of Britain on Friday, June 10 – a day of racing that begins in Pembrey Country Park and finishes at the top of the Black Mountain on the western side of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
This is the second time that Carmarthenshire has hosted this race and we hope to make it a memorable experience for everyone. Pembrey Country Park previously hosted the Grand Départ of the men’s Tour of Britain as well as the overall finish of the Women’s Tour in 2019 and the Tour of Britain team trial in 2021.
This year the Carmarthenshire leg will be the hardest of the entire race and the only leg to finish at the top of a mountain in 2022, so here’s your chance to see the world’s best riders battle it out on the seven kilometre mountain climb up the Black Mountain. Or join us at the starting point at Pembrey Country Park where you can meet the riders before they begin the 105km (65 mile) section that will pass through Pontyates, Pontyberem, Llandovery and Llangadog during the day. There are 108 cyclists expected to take part in the race which will be broadcast on ITV4.
The Women’s Tour departs on Monday, June 6, and coincides with the final day of a four-day Bank Holiday weekend in the UK to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. The race will culminate with a prestigious finale six days later on Saturday, June 11.
The Women’s Tour of Britain website has the full timetable for Stage five, with stage details, information about riders and teams, spectator information and hospitality.
The race starts at 11.00am in Pembrey Country Park. All vehicles need to be inside the park before 10.30am. Pembrey Country park has a large amount of car parking, please follow the event parking signs. Spectators will be able to view the start of the race by gathering at Archery Field. Watch the riders do a lap of the closed circuit, pass Y Orsaf and one lap of the park before leaving the closed road circuit. Please note, there will be no entry to the park after 10.30am while the race starts.
Riders competing for the title will go through (estimated times) Pinged (11.06), Carway (11.16), Pontyberem (11.42), Horeb (12.15), Llansawel (12.42), Siloh (13.05), Llangadog (13.27).
Teams will arrive at the finish at on the Black Mountain from around 13.45 onwards, with all riders expected to finish by around 2.30pm.
People are welcome to watch the race along the route, but please take extra care as the race will travel through at high speed.
The route is marked with green advanced warning signs in the run up to The Tour. A rolling road closure will take place along the 65-mile route which will come into force at 10.30am until approximately 14.30pm. Roads will be re-opened once the cyclists have passed through. A full road closure will be in place over the Black Mountain from 5am-5pm.
For those intending to view the race along the tour route in Carmarthenshire, please do not park on the highway and allow suitable distance from the riders as they will be travelling at speeds of 40mph in some areas!
Spectators are asked to plan their journey to their viewing location in advance – we anticipate the roads will be busy. Try and arrive at your preferred location as early as possible to avoid the road closures and please do not park on the route on the day. Vehicles obstructing the route will be towed away and you will have to pay a release fee.
Pembrey Country Park has a large amount of car parking. Please follow the event parking signs. Please arrive before 10.30am as the car park will remain closed until 11.30am. Booking is essential so please book your space before arrival.