The Wales National Velodrome to host event; Merlin Ride and new Welsh Coast 2 Coast sportives to be showcased.

The first ever Welsh Cycle Show is to take place on April 5th and 6th next year in Newport’s Wales National Velodrome. Partner of the show Merlin Cycle Sports Ltd, have also announced a companion sportive to their well respected Merlin Ride, which will be showcased at the show.

The Cycle Show will host a number of top brands including Bianchi, Condor, Raleigh, Trek, Whyte, Willier, Continental and High 5 with more exhibitors to be announced from all areas of cycling.

As well as the presence of top brands, demo rides will also be offered by the exhibitors. A mountain bike skills assessment area, plenty of activity on the track and a range of further activities that are in the planning stages are all billed for the two day event.

Show partner Merlin Cycle Sports Ltd, organisers of the successful Merlin Ride sportive have announced a new event: the Welsh Coast 2 Coast ride due to take place in the summer.

Planned for July 12, and in aid of the Welsh Air Ambulance, the Welsh Coast 2 Coast will cover a 222 mile route from Caernarfon on the north coast down to Saudersfoot in Pembrokeshire.

The entry cost of £250, will be waived if entrants can raise £400 for the Welsh Air Ambulance through a JustGiving account.

The Merlin Ride, which is now in its sixth year, starts in the beautiful National Botanic Garden of Wales in Llanarthne on June 30. Registration starts at 6.30am, and tickets will not be available on the day.

Four routes ranging in difficulty are on offer, all at a price of £35 before June 14 and £40 thereafter, up until the closing date of June 28.

Further details are available on the Merlin Sportive website.

Entry to the Welsh Cycle Show, where the sportives will be showcased, are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for children of 15 or younger. Tickets can be purchased online at www.welshcycleshow.com and show updates can be followed on Facebook or on Twitter @WelshCycleShow.

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