Powys will host the toughest-ever stage in OVO Energy Women’s Tour history as the race returns to Wales on Friday 14 June.

The world’s best riders will tackle an arduous stage between Llandrindod Wells – home of the National Cycle Collection – and the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells on day five of the 2019 edition.

Supported by the Welsh Government, the 140-kilometre (87-mile) route through Powys – the first time the county has welcomed the Women’s Tour –  features the SKODA Queen of the Mountains climbs of Gorddwr Bank and Pennau along its unrelenting course.

The total elevation gain of 2,206 metres makes stage five of this year’s race the hardest in the event’s history.

Stage timetable

Stage feature Estimated time of arrival
Start – Princes Avenue, Llandrindod Wells 10:30
Eisberg sprint – Beguildy 11:53
SKODA Queen of the Mountains climb – Gordwwr Bank 12:09
Eisberg sprint – St Harmon 12:57
SKODA Queen of the Mountains climb – Epynt 13:53
Finish – Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells 14:26

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Llandrindod Wells Women's Tour

Llandrindod Wells

Host venue for the first time in 2019

Start location: Princes Avenue, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 5HU 

Llandrindod Wells is the county town of Powys and is delighted to be hosting the OVO Women’s Tour for the first time. The town developed as a spa town in the nineteenth century and has recently been voted as the happiest place in Wales.

The stage five start takes place at the towns man-made lake, which is used for fishing and model boating. The lake houses a sculpture of a water serpent and leaping carp, the scales of which are made of thousands of copper places initialled by local people and visitors during its construction. Recently pedalo boats for hire have been launched onto the lake.

Llandrindod Wells is home to the National Cycle Museum, and also has three international standard outdoor bowling greens. Each August the town hosts the Llandrindod Wells Victorian Festival, and motorcycle riders from all over the UK descend on Llandrindod for the Welsh 2 Day Enduro.

With a vibrant town centre, and a wealth of accommodation options, if you want a relaxing weekend to recuperate, or to indulge in something more active, like walking or cycling in beautiful countryside, Llandrindod Wells has it all.

For more information on Llandrindod Wells please visit llandrindod.co.uk or midwalesmyway.com.

Royal Welsh Showground Builth Wells Women's Tour

Builth Wells

Host venue for the first time in 2019

Start location: The Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, LD2 3SY

The Royal Welsh Showground is at the heart of rural Wales, both metaphorically and geographically. Home to over 400 events annually, most famously the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show, the site is one of the best connected rural sites in Europe.

Builth Wells is just a stone’s throw away from the Royal Welsh Showground and is a traditional market town lying on the confluence of the Rivers Wye and Irfon. The town has a thriving community, and an eclectic mix of independent businesses and shops. In Builth Wells there are many cafes, restaurants, and public houses, catering for all tastes and budgets. But a warm welcome is always guaranteed.

Parking is available in the town centre at the Groe Car Park. Or for those travelling by public transport the nearest railway station is just two miles out of town at Builth Road, on the Heart of Wales line linking Shrewsbury and Swansea. There are bus services to Cardiff, Llandrindod Wells, Brecon, Newtown, Rhayader and Hereford.

Builth Wells is the ideal base to discover Powys and beyond. For more information on Builth Wells visit: builthwellstowncouncil.org.uk  or www.midwalesmyway.com. Details on our finish host venue can be found at rwas.wales.