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.
* The Full and Shorter routes are currently being finalised, as we have removed Ireland from the original route plans due to the pandemic.
More information can be read here.
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 Glastonbury Tor and spectacular Cheddar Gorge before heading over the Severn Bridge and into the home of Dragons – Wales.
Journeying through South Wales, riders make their way along the south coast with epic views, river valleys and 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 rugged Welsh landscape, along ancient pathways and across stunning valleys of outstanding natural beauty. We will provide a further update on the Wales route once it has been finalised.
The breath-taking route has an overall race distance of 1400 miles / 2253 km. These distances and the elevation gain are to be confirmed.
Route Maps and GPX files will be uploaded in the future over the next few weeks. In the meantime, If you have any questions about the route, please get in touch and we’ll get straight back to you.
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.