Velothon Wales, a single-day road cycle race will be held in South Wales on Sunday May 22nd. In order to safely deliver the event, extensive road closures will need to be implemented to ensure the route is safe for the 18,000 participants competing in the race. Therefore, local residents will need to be aware that if they are driving into Wales on Sunday, traffic is likely to be affected by the web of road closures.
Last year, the road closures caused a great deal of disruption, but this year efforts have been made to minimise the disruption as much as possible and improve upon the 2015 event. Over 100,000 Welsh residents received letters in February 2016 detailing the route and in April 2016 detailing the precise road closure timings.
The race begins in the heart Cardiff city centre, inside the castle. The cyclists then make their way to the world famous Cardiff Bay and the Docklands. From there, the racers enter into the Gwent levels. This flat 7.4km stretch of the course hugs the Welsh coastline along the sea wall, they go on to Newport, then Caerleon, Usk and then Abergavenny. Next is the infamous Tumble, before Blaenavon, Pontypool, Ystrad Mynach, Caerphilly, and finally back into Cardiff.
The road closures are due to be implemented between 7am until 5.45pm on Sunday. Main roads around the route, and smaller roads leading into the main roads, are due to be affected. For more information, visit: http://www.velothon-wales.co.uk/en/route/route-information/road-closures/