Jon Mould of JLT Condor winning the 2017 edition of the Tour of the Mining Valleys (Photo by Kristian Bond)

YSTWYTH Cycling Club’s early-season road race, the Tour of the Mining Valleys, due to be held on Sunday, 4 March, has been postponed due to the adverse weather conditions.

The Cambrian News reported “Organisers have confirmed that event, which brings elite cycle racing to the roads inland of Aberystwyth, has been rescheduled for Sunday, 8 April.

“Given the current weather conditions, and the forecasted conditions over the weekend, the difficult decision has been made, with Welsh Cycling, to postpone our Tour of the Mining Valleys,” said a spokesperson for Ystwyth CC.

“The race has been rescheduled for Sunday, 8 April, and further information will be sent to those registered to race in due course.”

The race is due to follow a new course for 2018, described by race organiser Gareth Lewis as a “rolling, fast and exciting route offering a bit of everything”.

The 84-mile course will see riders completing three laps of an undulating course, riding out above the scenic Rheidol valley taking in Moriah, Capel Seion, Devil’s Bridge and Dyffryn Castell before heading back on the sweeping bends of the A44 as it descends into Aberystwyth.

With entrants including JLT Condor rider Ed Laverack, Rhys Howells of Rapha Cycling Club and several members of the Ribble Pro Cycling team, including local professional rider Gruff Lewis, it was a great opportunity for local cycling enthusiasts and the general public to see competitive cycling on the roads of Ceredigion.

Race capacity was set at 80 riders and organisers had expected to see a full field rolling out of Aberystwyth Rugby Club at 10.30am.

Ystwyth CC would have been represented by local riders Kristian Bond, Jack Woolley and Ieuan Andy Davies, with Richard Eakins representing Boompods EDCO NRG.

In a new development for 2018, the Angela Davies Trophy is to be awarded to the first local rider. The trophy is given in memory of the daughter of Ystwyth CC life member Ken Williams” here.

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