The OVO Energy Tour Series returns to Aberystwyth on Saturday 26 May - the only Welsh stage of its tour of British towns and cities. Ceredigion County Council is proud to host the event again this year with financial support from Aberystwyth Town Council and Advancing Aberystwyth ar y Blaen to secure the event for Aberystwyth.

Councillor Gareth Lloyd, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for Economic and Community Development said, “We look forward to welcoming the OVO Energy Tour Series to Aberystwyth again this year and to working alongside the organisers of Aber Cycle Fest to deliver 10 days of cycling events. Cycling is a hugely popular sport and staging these events gives us an opportunity to showcase Aberystwyth and Ceredigion at their best.

The Aberystwyth stage of the Tour will be particularly exciting this year as both the men’s and women’s professional teams will feature 2018 Commonwealth Games medalists. Not only will the festival offer a chance to see well-known cyclists racing on the town’s streets, it will also be a great opportunity for school children and local amateur cyclists to demonstrate their skills and to compete for a place on the podium.”

This year, the children cycling races will be held on Saturday morning, 26 May marking a change in the last 7 years when they were held on a Friday. Cycling races for girls and boys in year 3, 4, 5 and 6 will start at 9am. This is a morning festival of fun for the cyclists of the future with a perfect opportunity to race in a closed, safe environment around the town. Secondary School children will be able to take part in the Welsh Cycling Criterium. Registration is obligatory through by 21 May.

Aber Cycle Fest - ten activity-packed days of cycling events from 19 until 29 May - is a celebration of cycling in Ceredigion. The Tour Series is one of the main highlights of the festival along with the town centre criterium racing, uphill and downhill races and a mass participation ride – the Welsh Wild West Sportive. The Festival includes fringe events all week and of course brings you the thrills of town centre cycle races all afternoon and evening on the 26 May.

Aber Cycle Fest continues to go from strength to strength as it develops to become one of Wales’ biggest cycling celebrations, with over 1,100 cyclists participating in last year’s event. Organisers of the event receive enquiries from cyclists from every part of the UK as the reputation of the festival spreads across the country.

Aberystwyth is Round 5 of the OVO Energy Tour Series out of 8 and will be broadcast on Monday 28 May at 22:00 on ITV.

Road closures

To ensure the success of the event, the below roads will be closed during certain dates and times between 25 and 27 May. 

08:00-06:00 from 25.05.2018 to 27.05.2018:
Sea View Place, St Michael’s Place, Upper Great Darkgate Street, Vulcan Street, St James’ Square, Laura Place, Castle Street, Eastgate

00:01-06:00 from 26.05.2018 to 27.05.2018:
New Promenade, South Road, Laura Place, King Street, New Street, Castle Street, Penmaesglas Road, Custom House Street

03:00-06:00 from 25.05.2018 to 27.05.2018:
Pier Street, Marine Terrace, Bridge Street and Great Darkgate Street

00:01-20:00 on 26.05.2018:
Victoria Terrace

08:00-16:00 on 28.05.2018
Cefnllan, Llanbadarn Fawr