2021 ROUTE OVERVIEW
Following the very best and off-beat cycling routes each nation has to offer, the race places emphasis on cultural identity and historic locations unique to Celtic heritage.
Riders will start in Cornwall, famed for its wild moorland, sprawling coastline and jagged ascents – best served early on in the race when legs are fresh and hungry for climbs. Cycling through areas of outstanding natural beauty and ancient Celtic history, riders will journey south west to Lands End. From there the route north-east will have riders hugging the coastline, soaking up fresh sea air and visiting fishing ports such as Padstow, along with the famed Tintagel Castle and its links to the legend of King Arthur.
The route passes through the English ‘Celtic Corridor’ visiting world famous sites of Glastonbury Tor and Stonehenge and along Cheddar Gorge, before heading over the Severn Bridge and into the home of Dragons – Wales.
Journeying through South Wales, riders will make their way along the south coast along river valleys and past ancient forests on their way west. The route takes in Pembrokeshire and travels to the furthest point west – the ancient Celtic city of St Davids.
Riders will then make their way, winding and criss-crossing through the heartland of the rugged Welsh landscape, along ancient pathways and across stunning valleys of outstanding natural beauty. Further north the route takes in epic climbs alongside mountain lakes before heading to the coastline of Llŷn Peninsula and on to Ynys Môn (Anglesey), ancient home of the Celtic Druids. A loop around Ynys Môn, passing cultural landmarks and then the final push along the north Wales coastline to Llandudno, with a victory lap of the Great Orme before the finish.
The breath-taking route has an overall race distance of 1258 miles / 2024 km. The elevation gain for the route is 93,800 Feet / 28,590 Metres.
The route is still subject to possible changes and the final GPX files will be available to download from the Rider Booklet, which will be provided to all riders in June, during the lead up to the race.
ROUTE & RIDER INSPIRATION
Below are photos showcasing some of the 2021 route highlights, along with some rider photos from the 2019 race. Please click on them for full views.