EVENT: Tour of Britain 2014

The Tour of Britain is now less than a month away, and it is Stage 3 of the Tour that will see the professionals pedalling their way through the beautiful beating heart of Wales on their way from Newtown to The Tumble, just outside Abergavenny in the Brecon Beacons. 
If you’re keen on stopping by to watch the Tour take place, or even to embark on your very own cycling holiday in the Cambrian Mountains, here’s some information to help you plan ahead:
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Sportive Riders by Red Kite Events ©

Sportive Riders by Red Kite Events ©

Tour of Britain packages
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The Old Vicarage, Dolfor
A three-night training break for road cyclists that takes in the Tour and the Merlin Sportive Coast 2 Coast. Arrive Sunday the 7th of September and get some biking in before dinner. Monday is a full day’s ride, while Tuesday allows you to watch the peleton ride by, then follow the route so far, using the Garmin, returning for another dinner. Return home on Wednesday. Call 01686 629051 for prices and more details.
Visit the website for more information
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Where to hire bikes
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Garreg-ddu dam in autumnElan ValleyPowysMidSceneryThe Elan Valley Visitor Centre
You couldn’t ask for a better spot for traffic-free, scenic cycling than the Elan Valley and the visitor centre has a selection of mountain bikes, handcycles, electrically-assisted tricycles and tandems available to rent.
Visit their website for more information, or call 01597 810880 to book
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Clive Powell Mountain Bikes, Rhayader
Known as the father of British mountain biking, Clive Powell also rents out road bikes, leisure bikes, cyclo cross bikes and kids bikes. Bikes are available to rent by the hour (from around £6) or by the day (from around £24) and kids varieties are available.
Visit the website for more information, or call 01597 811343 to book
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Hefren Cycles, Llanidloes
Hafren Cycle Hire is on the edge of the Hafren Forest, ideally situated for rides along the National Cycle Network, Sustrans Route 8, and plenty of undiscovered routes in and around Llanidloes. Adults bikes start at £15 and kids bikes at £10.
Visit the website for more information, or call 01686 413565 to book
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Exterior Shot nightY Talbot, Tregaron
As well as offering cyclist-friendly accommodation and some much needed tasty grub after a day’s cycling, Y Talbot can also organise your bike hire if you contact them a few days in advance of your stay.
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Where to stay
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The Drovers Rest, Llanwrtyd Wells 
A multi-award winning restaurant with rooms that also happens to be particularly cyclist-friendly with a bike wash, secure bike parking and great deals for cyclists. Llanwrtyd Wells is also  a great place to stop over if you’re exploring the mountains.
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Riverside Lodge, Rhayader
A four-star guest house that has a ‘Cyclists are Welcome’ certification so you can be sure of a comfortable stay post-cycle. Groups of cyclists can also book the Lodge, which has space for around 13 people.
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Y Talbot Hotel, Tregaron
A cyclist-friendly accommodation that offers bike hire, but also one of the best restaurants in the region. There’s bike storage, a drying room and twin accommodation for £40 per person (breakfast included) for those cyclists just passing through.
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Plas Bwlch, near Llanidloes
Another comfortable ‘Cyclists are Welcome’ accommodation that is surrounded by some 15 acres of picturesque farmland. An added incentive is that it is located along the Lon Las Cymru, The Welsh National Cycle Route.
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photo 2Where to visit
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The National Cycle Museum
No cycling holiday to the Cambrian Mountains would be complete without a trip to the National Cycle Museum. The museum’s collection houses hundreds of cycles in period settings, including examples from 1819 through to the present day. It also displays rare components and accessories from this period. http://www.cyclemuseum.org.uk
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