To watch more than 100 of the world’s finest top professional cyclists set off from Margam to the finishing line in the shadows of Caerphilly Castle, if coming by car, you are advised to pre-book a parking space.
After the teams in the long awaited race finale (stage 8) are introduced from the start podium, set against historic Margam Castle, Councillor Cen Phillips, Neath Port Talbot Council’s Cabinet Member for Nature, Tourism and Wellbeing, will drop the start flag.
The battle to be crowned Tour of Britain champion will go down to the wire on Sunday thanks to a stunning but challenging route supported by the Welsh Government.
Mark Dacey, CEO of NPTC Group of Colleges, who are supporting this stage of the event said: “We are delighted to be supporting this headline cycling event as it visits our local community of Neath Port Talbot. It gives our students and communities the opportunity to see some of the biggest names in cycling gracing our roads whilst also providing the opportunity for people to have fun trying out cycling and getting involved in lots of exciting activities on the day.”
Also, representatives of Day’s Motor Group, the Home of the INEOS Grenadier 4x4in Wales, will be at the event to support the INEOS Grenadiers cycling team and to display the very latest INEOS Grenadier models from the company’s Neath showroom.
Visitors to the start of the race’s final stage can also watch ITV4’s coverage of the whole stage to Caerphilly streamed live on a big screen in front of the castle – the bjg screen coverage being just part of a range of exciting activities at the park on Sunday from archery to junior ‘Dirt Crit’ mountain bike races.
The Tour of Britain team buses are due to arrive at 9.30 am with the race starting at 11.15am.
Cycle-based additional activities at Margam Country Park include the Dirt Crit – Mountain Bike race for Junior and Adults, Balance Bike taster sessions, a “skills area” with fun, free short course with rolling leader board, E-Bike tasters and a family bike ride around the lake – all organised by NPT PASS, the council’s Physical Activity and Sports Service)
Members of the Ospreys are said to be attending with a host of rugby-based activities, plus Margam Archers will also have a ‘have a go’ at archery session.
Margam Park’s activities will also be open including it’s Go Ape high wire adventure, Margam Park adventure along with mountain bike and go kart hire and water activities such as Pedalos, Canoeing, Kayaking and Stand Up Paddle boarding.
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