Tour of Britain, Caephilly finish, good place to watch?

by acjim   May 9, 2012  

I'm thinking about riding from home (Bristol) to watch the Tour of Britain stage finishing in Caephilly. Is there a decent climb near the finish that would make a decent spectator spot?

Or should I get the train to Cardiff and ride up to the top of the Brecons for the cat 1 climb?

Cheers!

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Is it time to roll out my Plan Caerphilly joke again? It got me a pair of socks last year...

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posted by andylul [412 posts]
9th May 2012 - 11:17

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Assuming they use the same route to the finish as last year, then the climb of Caerphilly mountain is very close to the finish. In theory it'd be possible to see both the climb and the finish, but it's probably not practical due to road closures etc.

posted by nellybuck@msn.com [156 posts]
9th May 2012 - 11:35

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I believe they are going twice up Caerphilly Mountain this year and it's a fairly tough climb so you can get a good view of the riders. I watched about half way up the mountain and got back to the finish on foot last year though it is busy at the finish and so you won't get a good spot if you're up the mountain earlier. You can see the presentations fine. On a bike you could get down a bit quicker and there are a few ways up and down the mountain so there will be a way to ride back to the town centre avoiding any road closures I would guess.

posted by parsons1927 [17 posts]
10th May 2012 - 12:22

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Sounds like Caerphilly mtn is a winner - any suggestions for a decent route from Bristol?

Thanks!

posted by acjim [29 posts]
10th May 2012 - 15:03

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Here you go, http://app.strava.com/rides/4544877

My mate did that little while back.Quiet lanes to Newport,pan flat too. You have got to go through the city whichever way you come from Bristol, then once you are out the other side there are numerous ways to Caerphilly. The A48 runs all the way from the Severn bridge to Cardiff, parallel to the M4, that's pretty direct but will be busy in places.

You could also pick up the lanes again to Cardiff and head up Caerphilly mountain from North Cardiff as well.

posted by parsons1927 [17 posts]
10th May 2012 - 18:20

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