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RIDER SAFETY BRIEFING AND USEFUL INFORMATION

Prior to the event.
During the week before the ride you will benefit from taking special care with your nutrition and getting plenty of sleep.
Don’t stop for tea en-route, there’s tea, scones, jam and fresh cream waiting for you!

Arriving at Grug Glas
Crug Glas Country Hotel, SA62 6XX is situated between St. Davids and Croesgoch.  It can only be accessed from the A487, there will be no access from the coast road throughout the event.  There is ample parking in the field in front of the main house.  Please familiarise yourself with the site plan on the website so that you understand the traffic management system, location of key places such as Registration and Start Line and the pre-start rider holding area.

Departing from Crug Glas
You will only be able to leave Crug Glas via the coast road, where turning left will take you to St Davids and turning right and bearing right at Cwmwdig Water will take you to Croesgoch.

Camping at Crug Glas
A field has been made available for the duration of the event opposite to the road to the Crug Glas main entrance.  It will be equipped with a stand-pipe and toilets and you can book by emailing info@tourofpembrokeshire.co.uk or telephoning Crug Glas on 01348 831302.

Registration at Crug Glas.
We are looking forward to welcoming you to Registration which is in The Cow Shed behind the main house.  Please register at the desk which corresponds to the first letter of your surname, we will provide you with all of the items you will need. 

Group Registration
If you’d like to register a group of riders, please email us with their names and ID numbers and we’ll prepare everything ready for one person to collect.

Bicycle Repairs and Spares
Pembrokeshire Bikes will be available to provide you with any spares or carry out any repairs to your bicycle.

Nutrition
Secret Training, who supply nutrition to some of the world’s top pro-teams, will be providing a range of gels which can be purchased at Registration.

Branded Items for Purchase
Tour of Pembrokeshire T shirts, merino jerseys and cowbells can be purchased or ordered at Registration.

Friday 19th May at Crug Glas
From 15:00hrs – Afternoon tea, homemade scones, jam and cream or bara-brith.
From 18:30hrs – Delicious fish and chips to eat in or take away in a box for £9.95
(there’ll be other options and vegetarian too)

Highlight – Meet Tori James, Patron to The Tour of Pembrokeshire
20:00hrs to 20:30hrs – Tori James, the first Welsh Woman to climb Everest and Patron to The Tour of Pembrokeshire will give a motivational talk on ‘challenging yourself’.  When Tori spoke at the Press Ride in January the audience broke into spontaneous applause on three occasions, so this is not one to miss.

Bike Safety and Rider Equipment
You should make certain that your bike is in a safe working condition.  In addition to a mobile telephone you should carry some basic spares, a multi-tool with chain splitter, a Power Link and puncture repair equipment.  You should also carry food and drink with high nutritional value.  Shower bags and clothes should either be locked in vehicles or left at Crug Glas at your own risk.

The Routes
All routes are identical to the first feed-station at Maenclochog.  The 60 mile route will head north on the B4313 to New Inn where it crosses the B4329.  The 80 mile route and The Paul Ties 130 will leave Maenclochog heading east on the Rhosfach Road (towards Efailwen) turning first left after one mile.  Riders on the Paul Ties 130 will complete two laps of the Bluestone Brewery Loop, passing through Maenclochog and Bluestone Brewery Feed-station twice.  They will be the only riders who turn right at The Dyffryn Arms (Bessie’s) Pontfaen.  Riders on the Paul Ties 130 must leave The Bluestone Brewery Feed-station no later than 12:30hrs on their first loop to avoid being excluded at Cilrhedyn and having to revert to the 80 mile Route. 
If you change route after you’ve started, the timing system will ensure that you still receive a correct time.  However, you may like to confirm this at the finish.  Each route will have a ‘sweep- vehicle’ that will follow the last group of riders.  You should ensure you familiarise yourself with your route and note the key areas where extra caution must be taken.
If you’re riding The Paul Ties 130 you must reach the cut off at Cilrhedyn by 13:01hrs.

Route Splits and Merges.
Maenclochog – 60 Mile Route heads north, 80 Mile and Paul Ties 130 head east.
Pontfaen – Paul Ties 130 turns right for Newport on second lap of Bluestone Brewery Loop.
Kilkiffeth – 60 Mile merges with 80 Mile Route.
Llanychaer – Paul Ties 130 turns right opposite the Bridge End Inn to merge with the 80 and 60 Mile Routes.

Key Timings

 

Registration Times

 

Friday 19th

Saturday 20th

Sunday 21st

 

Opens

Closes

Opens

Closes

Opens

Closes

28 Mile

 

 

 

 

08:30hrs

09:55hrs

45 Mile

 

 

 

 

08:30hrs

09:55hrs

60 Mile

15:00hrs

20:00hrs

08:30hrs

09:55hrs

 

 

80 Mile

15:00hrs

20:00hrs

07:30hrs

08:55hrs

 

 

Paul Ties 130

15:00hrs

20:00hrs

06:00hrs

07:25hrs

 

 

 

 

Start Times

 

Saturday 20th

Sunday 21st

 

Opens

Closes

Opens

Closes

28 Mile

 

 

08:30hrs

10:00hrs

45 Mile

 

 

08:30hrs

10:00hrs

60 Mile

09:00hrs

10:00hrs

 

 

80 Mile

08:30hrs

09:00hrs

 

 

Paul Ties 130

07:00hrs

07:30hrs

 

 


 

Feed-station Times

 

Mathry

Stop and Call

Maenclochog

Bluestone Brewery

Stop and Call

 

Opens

Closes

Opens

Closes

Opens

Closes

Opens

Closes

Opens

Closes

28 Mile

09:30

13:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

45 Mile

09:30

13:00

10:00

13:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

60 Mile

 

 

 

 

08:48

14:19

 

 

11:14

18:16

80 Mile

 

 

 

 

08:48

14:19

10:05

16:26

11:14

18:16

Paul Ties 130

 

 

 

 

08:48

14:19

10:05

16:26

11:14

18:16


 

Feed-station Mileages From Start

 

Maenclochog

Bluestone Brewery

Maenclochog

Bluestone Brewery

Stop & Call

Mathry

28 Mile

 

 

 

 

 

18 miles

45 Mile

 

 

 

 

24 miles

33 miles

60 Mile

32 miles

 

 

 

24 miles

 

80 Mile

32 miles

57 miles

 

 

69 miles

 

Paul Ties 130

32 miles

57 miles

75 miles

100 miles

118 miles

 

 

Pre-Start Holding Procedure
You will be grouped in the holding area appertaining to your route before the start line.  Access is only possible via an entrance opposite to The Cow Shed, where Registration is located.  You will find a site-plan on the website.  You do not need to be at your pre-start holding area more than five minutes before your route’s start time.  Riders on the 80 mile route will start at 08:30hrs which is an hour after the Paul Ties 130 riders have left, so it’s quite relaxed.  Rider on the 60 will start between 09:00hrs and 10:00hrs.

Checkpoints and Timing Stations
The timing system is a ride-past receiver triggered by a UHF helmet tag.  Instructions on how the tag is fitted will be at Registration.  Marshalled timing stations will be at the Start and Finish and at the following locations where you will need to have your time recorded to appear in the results:
Paul Ties 130 Mile and 80 Mile Routes: - Bluestone Brewery Feed-station.
Continental Tyres Hill Climb, Goodwick and Stop and Call.
The Event timing will cease at 19:30hrs.

Route signage and marshalling
The routes will be marked with black arrows on yellow boards which will be on posts or tied to other signposts.  Marshals will be stationed at certain locations for additional safety.  Each route will have a lead-out motorcyclist who will check the signage and marshal locations.  As a rule and because all turns will be marked, you should ignore all un-signed roads and continue straight on.  There will be A4 sized straight ahead arrows placed at certain points to provide reassurance.  Please disregard any yellow or white painted arrows on the roadway, they’re from other events.  Marshals will also be positioned at certain critical points for additional safety.

Conduct
You must abide by the Rules of the Highway Code throughout your ride.  The future of sportives lies in your hands so please ride with great care; show the maximum regard for all others and ensure you obey the law at all times.  Marshals policing the routes will exclude any rider who fails to comply with these rules.  Please do not ride more than two abreast and do not drop litter of any description just put in a pocket and deposit it at a feed-station.
There are no prizes for doing 60 mph downhill and there are places where there will be livestock wandering across the road, enjoy yourself but don’t take unnecessary risks. 

Areas of Caution
You will be passing fields and open moorland where animals will be grazing and it is not uncommon to find them on the roadway, they don’t hear bikes.  Expect to encounter some steep narrow lanes with sharp bends, which may also be slippery.  Please ensure you ride so that you’re always able to stop within the distance you can see and assume there will be an oncoming vehicle around every bend!  You will encounter gravel, potholes, grass, manure, tractors and other road users.

Here are a few examples of hazards, although there are many more along the routes:
Extremely steep descent and tight bends into Llanychaer for riders on Paul Ties 130
Descent to Parc y Nole after St Nicholas– steep with loose surface and grass in the middle of the road
Farmyards before and after Gellifawr – loose surface and slippery if wet
Descent to Cilgwyn – steep with sharp left hand bend
Descents from Bwlch y Gwynt & Bedd Morris – sheep and traffic
Right turn at New Inn after Bwlch y Gwynt for 80 Mile and Paul Ties130 Routes
Crossing B4313 at New Inn – 60 Mile Routes.
N.B. If you approach horses from behind, it is important that you slow down and call out to the rider so that they and the horse can hear you.

Managing Trunk Roads
Please take great care at trunk roads where traffic may be travelling quickly.
The A487 at Newport and in Fishguard
Crossing the B4313 south of Tufton (STOP sign added to signage)
Joining the A40 for 50 metres at Wolfscastle

Feed-station Produce

Food item

Mathry

Stop and Call

Maenclochog

Bluestone Brewery

Banana

X

X

X

X

Welsh Cake

X

X

X

X

Slice of Bread & jam

X

X

X

X

Faggots

0

0

X

X

Vegetarian Pasty

0

0

X

X

Flap-Jacks

X

X

X

0

Bara-brith

0

X

X

X

Potato

0

X

X

X

Endurance drink

X

X

X

X

 

Feed-stations
In addition to staff at the Bluestone Brewery and Sarah’s Shop in Maenclochog village, the feed-stations are ably manned by Air Cadets from Whitland and Haverfordwest.  Each station will have music, toilets, blackboards for rider messages, bicycle spares and delicious, locally sourced produce.  Pembrokeshire Tourism will be conducting live interviews on Facebook Live.

Lateness and Cut-off Times
If you arrive at a feed-station on or immediately after the cut-off time you may be asked to retire.  Please telephone the emergency number on your rider number so we can arrange for you to be transported back to Crug Glas.  Please do not make any alternative arrangements or ride off the route without informing Central Control via the emergency numbers.

Locations and Closing Times
Cilrhedyn Turn – Paul Ties 130 will close at 13:01hrs precisely and riders after that time will have to join the 80 Mile Route.
Riders unable to reach the finish by 19:30hrs must telephone Central Control.

Locations

Opens

Closes

Start Line

07:00

10:00

Whitesands turning

07:16

10:37

St Davids

07:23

10:52

Solva

07:33

11:15

Newgale

07:48

11:48

Roch

07:54

12:03

Hayscastle Cross

08:08

12:33

Wolf's Castle

08:18

12:56

After Parc y Llyn

08:27

13:44

B4329 Cross Roads

08:34

13:57

T Junction after Llys y Fran

08:41

14:08

Maenclochog Feed Station

08:48

14:19

Hafod-ddu left turn

08:52

14:26

Mynachlog ddu

09:06

14:49

Crymych

09:18

15:08

Crosswell

09:32

15:32

Brynberian

09:39

15:44

Tafarn y Bwlch

09:43

15:50

Foel Eryr

09:49

15:59

New Inn

09:52

16:05

Blaenpalis

09:57

16:13

Right turn to Gelli Fawr

10:00

16:18

Bluestone Brewery Feed-Station

10:05

16:26

Cilgwyn

10:12

16:37

Right turn after Dyffryn Arms

12:46

16:57

Pontfaen Bridge

10:22

15:44

Right turn onto B4313 Kilkiffeth

10:26

15:56

Paul Ties 130 Left turn at Cilrhedyn  & Cut-off onto 84 mile route

10:40

13:01

Puncheston

10:43

13:19

Bedd Morris

12:53

16:43

Newport

13:00

16:53

Dinas

13:06

17:03

Right turn Mynydd Melyn

13:13

17:14

Llanychaer

11:03

17:24

Fishguard

11:10

17:40

Continental Tyres Hill Climb Goodwick

11:12

17:48

Stop and Call Feed-Station

11:14

17:53

Trefasser

11:26

18:05

St Nicholas cross roads

11:31

18:12

Mathry Cross

11:39

18:27

Trefin

11:49

18:43

Llanrhian

11:57

18:54

Carnhedryn

12:00

19:09

Crug Glas

12:03

19:14

 

Photography
Huw Fairclough Photography and Skycam Wales will be located around the routes.  Please take care not to be distracted when passing photographers and remember, generally, the best pictures are when you’re not looking at the camera.

Breakdowns
If you see another rider in difficulty do ask them if they require assistance.  There will be repair vehicles on the course which you can summon via the emergency numbers on your rider number.

Accident and Emergencies
In the event of an emergency, telephone one of the numbers on your rider number.  If anyone is injured, there are paramedics in ambulances on the routes in addition to emergency department at Withybush General Hospital.

Useful numbers:
Withybush General Hospital Haverfordwest 01437 764545
Central Control: 07771 633700 and Crug Glas: 01348 831302

The Finish
You will be welcomed home by local dignatories including Tori James, the Tour of Pembrokeshire’s patron.  After you’ve received you commemorative coaster and bottle of beer if you’ve completed the Bluestone Brewery Loop, you can shower, relax in a hot-tub and enjoy a massage.  Upton Ice cream, Bluestone Brewery beer and Welsh gin will get you in the mood for the live music including Fiddle Box and at 19:00hrs, the fabulous DaisyB, so tell your friends and make a night of it.

Prizes
To the fittest rider ascending Continental Tyres Hill Climb
To the rider with the highest sponsorship: A pair of Mavic Cosmic shoes.

Sponsorship forms
To qualify for the prize your sponsorship forms and monies will need to have been paid in by hand to Helen Walker at the Information Desk.

Food at the end, ice cream bring the family
Don’t stop for tea en-route, we’ve got posh fish and chips waiting for you

Crug Glas has it all; food at a glance.

Friday
Afternoon tea and scones or bara-brith
Fish and chips, sausage and chips, vegetarian options eat in or take-away in a box for £9.95

Saturday
Pre-ride bacon sandwiches or porridge
Morning coffee and bara-brith
Post-ride nutritious wraps with pulled pork or chicken and a choice of salads (free to riders) vegetarian options available.
Evening meals from £10.00 will include, aubergine bourguignon, chicken supreme, sea bass and a choice of steaks, all with vegetables and garlic potatoes.  Home-made puddings.

Sunday
Pre-ride bacon sandwiches or porridge
Morning coffee and bara-brith

Post-ride roast beef with a twist (free to riders)

 

ORGANISER THANKS
The organisers would particularly like to thank Janet and Perkin Evans and all the staff at Crug Glas who help to create such an amazing atmosphere.  Fred Rees Skoda, Haverfordwest; Mavic UK; The Bluestone Brewery Gwaun Valley Meats, Letterston; Secret-Training Nutrition; Skycam Wales; Huw Fairclough Photography; JK Bakery Crymych; Upton Farm Ice Cream and Continental Tyres for their generous support.  The event would not happen without assistance from Pembrokeshire County Council ; The Highways Agency and Dyfed-Powys Police.  Grateful thanks also go to Paul Sartori Foundation, The RNLI, The Wales Air Ambulance, Whitland and Haverfordwest ATC, The Penknife Club, the villagers of Stop and Call and Maenclochog and the many other individuals including marshals, stewards, lead-out riders and the Young Farmers Clubs of Pembrokeshire.

Finally, the organisers would like to thank all of the riders for taking part.

Peter Walker, The Tour of Pembrokeshire 2017.


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