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Pembrey Country Park
The Black Mountain
The battle to succeed Dutch rider Demi Vollering as Women’s Tour champion could be decided as the race returns to the Welsh county of Carmarthenshire for the second time in three editions on stage five. While riders will roll out from sea level at Pembrey Country Park, one of Wales’s top visitor attractions and host of the 2019 finale, the day’s finish line comes atop the Black Mountain near Llangadog.
It is the second hill-top finish in Women’s Tour history and one of the toughest routes measuring 7.2 kilometres in length, with the Black Mountain averaging a gradient of 5.3% and ramping up to 21% in places. The route was previously tackled during the final stage of the 2019 race when British rider Hannah Barnes (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team) climbed it the fastest in a time of 20:50.
Please note that parking is not available at the top of Black Mountain. Additionally, owing to the required road closures, fans attending this stage finish by car may be required to complete their journey to the summit by foot or bike
Total elevation: 2,056m
Pembrey Country Park – 11am
Factory Road – 11:15am
Pontyates Hill (cat 1) – 11:45am
Crwbin (cat 1) – 11:58am
Nantgaredig – 12:26pm
Llangadog – 1:46pm
The Black Mountain (cat 1) – 2:08pm
Click here for the full stage timetable
PEMBREY COUNTRY PARK
Host venue for the second time
Stage five will start in one of Wales’ most successful award winning multi activity visitor attractions, Pembrey Country Park.
Offering a splendid location for those wanting to see who comes out on top after the other stages across the UK. As well as hosting major national events, Pembrey spans some 500 acres of woodland running alongside Cefn Sidan – Wales’ longest blue flag beach with eight miles of golden sands and far-reaching views towards Carmarthen Bay and Gower.
Owned and managed by Carmarthenshire County Council, the Park also offers a huge dry ski slope, toboggan ride, crazy golf, pitch and putt, train rides, adventure play area, equestrian centre, a variety of nature trails and, of course, cycle hire to ensure enjoyment of one of the many set routes throughout the park and wider area.
Significant investments have been made to the caravan and camping facilities, with the summer of 2019 welcoming the addition of a major restaurant and hospitality venue.
Riders leave the park through the newly opened 1.9km National Closed road circuit, developed with Welsh Cycling and already establishing itself as an essential training element for Commonwealth, GB level cyclists and para-cyclists.
Don’t forget to grab a selfie with our giant green bike, installed at the park following the successful 2018 Tour of Britain Grand Départ.
After leaving the park the world’s top riders will race to the through Carmarthenshire’s picturesque landscape as they head to the Black Mountain on the western side of the Brecon Beacons National Park for the finish.
THE BLACK MOUNTAIN
Host venue for the first time
Offering stunning views over the Tywi Valley and famous for the two hairpin bends on approach to its summit, Black Mountain near Llangadog will host the toughest finish in Women’s Tour history to date this June.
The Black Mountain Quarries, known locally as Herbert’s Quarry, are found in the Fforest Fawr UNESCO Global Geopark, on the western fringes of the Brecon Beacons. The site is a time capsule of a significant era in the area’s industrial heritage. You’ll find physical traces of lime exploitation spanning hundreds of years with quarry workings, kilns and spoil heaps that date from the small-scale exploitation during the 1700s right through to commercial exploitation in the 20th century. On clear days, panoramic views as far west to Pembrokeshire, south to the Bristol Channel and north to Pumlumon, in the Cambrian Mountains, are possible.
This will be the second hill-top finish in Women’s Tour history, although this one is significantly harder than that at Burton Dassett Country Park, which featured in the 2019 race.
Measuring 7.2 kilometres in length, Black Mountain averages a gradient of 5.3% and ramps up to 21% in places. It was previously tackled during the final stage of the 2019 race; British rider Hannah Barnes (Canyon//SRAM Racing, now riding for the Uno-X Pro Cycling Team) climbed it the fastest in a time of 20:50.
Carmarthenshire, with its rugged coastline, epic mountains, breath-taking vistas, and picturesque market towns, is one of south-west Wales most popular destinations.
Carmarthenshire is a historic Welsh county that’s now a contemporary destination for people who appreciate authenticity mixed with quality. It is unmistakably Welsh and always welcoming. Carmarthenshire is a place that effortlessly fills your weekend away with different experiences, different things to see and do, different tastes and different sounds. A place that’s always worth returning to, to see what’s around the next corner.
From mighty castles to spectacular gardens, even a Roman gold mine – as well as outstanding places to eat and drink. Here, agriculture has always been important, so you’ll find plenty of places serving food and drink from the area, locally sourced, prepared with care and presented with passion.
Carmarthenshire is easy to reach and easy to enjoy. At the end of the M4 and in the middle of beauty. Nestled between national parks, a base to explore west, mid, and south Wales.
In the north of the County, the Cambrian Mountains and the Brecon Beacons provide the perfect backdrop for hiking and biking. To the south where the Carmarthenshire coast sets the scene from the Millennium Coastal path which links golf and foraging along the shore to Cefn Sidan the longest beach in Wales to Pendine where land speed records were made, broken, and re-made.
Our country towns are blossoming, alive with independent shops and full of products and stories connected to the county. In Carmarthenshire people still talk to one another: in the shops, in the market and in the pubs.
Carmarthenshire is a county already well-known for its family friendly car free routes, mountain biking forest trails in Brechfa, Crychan and Cwm Rhaeadr as well as its epic six circular road routes from Carmarthen Bay to tough climbs into the Brecon Beacons and Cambrian Mountains.
The county is home to the first closed road cycling circuit in South Wales and the oldest velodrome in Wales, now one of the UK’s premier cycling facilities. Work is currently underway on constructing a new major traffic free path between Carmarthen and Llandeilo, to be called the Tywi Valley Path.
Carmarthenshire drew international attention in 2018 when we hosted the men’s Tour of Britain Grand Départ, with thousands watching Tour de France winners Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome power from Pembrey Country Park.
In 2019 it hosted the final stage of the Women’s Tour, a 125.9-kilometre stage featuring some of the world’s best female cyclists competing in a series of sprints, mountain climbs and descents including the Black Mountain before ending in Pembrey Country Park.
The Tour of Britain returned to the county in 2021, when Carmarthenshire held its first team time trial, which saw cyclists race through the stunning scenery of the Tywi Valley before crossing the finish line at the National Botanic Garden of Wales in Llanarthne.
Carmarthenshire is a must for cycling (leisure or expert). Whether you’re looking for high octane mountain bike adventures, family friendly routes, tracks and circuits or some of the best road routes in the UK.
Routes mapped out across the county – with altitude profiles, difficulty ratings, route notes and downloadable GPS files and distances ranging from 10 miles to 65 miles.
For car free visitors, many of our routes start from a railway station making use of the Heart of Wales train line with stations at Llandeilo and Llandovery as well as the mainline stations at both Carmarthen and Llanelli.
Attending this stage of the Women’s Tour? Our spectator information guides will help you plan your visit to the UK’s leading women’s cycle race.
These guides are produced especially for the event by our host venues, ensuring that fans can benefit from specialist local information to ensure they have a memorable day at the Tour.
Click here to download our Carmarthenshire spectator guide (PDF)
Please note that parking is not available at the top of Black Mountain. Fans attending this stage finish by car may be required to complete their journey to the summit by foot or bike
The Women’s Tour operates a rolling road closure system, as opposed to a full road closure, to minimise disruption as much as possible.
Roads along the stage route will only be closed for a short window – approximately 30 minutes – while the race passes through.
Watch the video above for more information on how our rolling road closure system works.
Click here for more details of stage five road closures.
There’s no better way of watching the action at this year’s Women’s Tour than with our hospitality packages!
Secure a front-row seat at our stage starts and finishes, topped off with delicious food and drinks specifically chosen for cycling fans.
Fans can now book their hospitality passes for the Pembrey Country Park start and Black Mountain finish via Sportsbreaks.com, the official hospitality partner of the Women’s Tour.
Additionally, our expert team can build bespoke packages to suit your needs. Contact Seb Roberts for more information.