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Tour of Britain continues in Wales for third stage

Mark Renshaw celebrating his win during Stage 2 of the competition. Credit: PA

The Tour of Britain will begin another Welsh stage of the competition today with cyclists travelling between Newtown and the Tumble Mountain near Abergavenny.

Australia's Mark Renshaw lead the way yesterday as the riders finished the second stage in Llandudno.

The race is live on ITV4 between 1pm and 4pm with highlights at 10pm.

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Tour of Britain enters Wales for Llandudno finish

Cycling's Tour of Britain enters Wales today, with the Stage 2 finish line on Llandudno seafront.

Some of the world's top riders, including British stars Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, are taking part in the race, which started in Liverpool yesterday.

Marcel Kittel (left) sprinted to victory in the first stage of the Tour of Britain. Credit: PA

Today's second stage will travel from Knowsley on Merseyside, via Wrexham, Flintshire and Denbighshire, and Llandudno Great Orme's Marine Drive.

Tuesday is another Welsh stage, between Newtown and the Tumble Mountain near Abergavenny.

The race is live on ITV4 between 1pm and 4pm - with highlights at 8pm

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What resources are available for cyclists in Wales?

Various resources are available throughout Wales to help develop more confident and experienced cyclists

While the Welsh Government focuses on increasing the number of cyclists in Wales through its new Active Travel Act, our local authorities are tasked with the challenge of making cycling more accessible.

Below is a list of the resources which are available in Wales, to help us to gain the confidence and skills we might need to get on our bikes.

Please contact your local authority offices if you would like more information about the support which is available to cyclists in your area.

Road safety training A number of local authorities in Wales, including Cardiff Council and Powys Council, offer free road safety classes for adults. If you’re based in Caerphilly, The Caerphilly Travel Hub offers free cycle training for adults and children on Wednesday afternoons.

If you work in either Pontypridd, Cardiff or Caerphilly, you may also be entitled to free cycle training as part of the Smarter Journeys to Work Project

www.sustrans.org.uk/wales/what-we-do/workplaces

And if you don’t qualify for free cycle training, then CTC and Cycle Training Wales both offer some great value cycle training packages.

www.ctc.org.uk www.cycletrainingwales.org.uk

Route Planning Google Maps offer clear and up to date route planning for cyclists. Simply enter the location that you wish to travel to, choose ‘Cycling’ as your mode of transport, and Google Maps will demonstrate a variety of cycle routes along with an estimated journey time. It can also highlight cycle trails, cycle-friendly roads and the types of terrain that you might encounter.

Visit Wales have also compiled a list of the most picturesque cycle routes in Wales, including the Mawddach trail in Snowdonia and the Elan Valley Trail in Mid Wales.

www.visitwales.com/holidays-breaks/family-holidays/bike-riding-routes

Cycle to Work Scheme A growing number of employers across Wales are signed up to Cycle Scheme, a scheme that allows employees to obtain a free bicycle in order to cycle to work. To find out if your employer is signed up to this scheme, you should speak with your manager or HR department. If your employer is not signed up to the scheme but you’d like to invite them to join, you can find out how by visiting the Cycle Scheme website.

www.cyclescheme.co.uk

Bike MOT

Got a bike in the garage that’s gathering dust? Sustrans Cymru recommend you pay a visit to your local bike shop, who will offer services to get your bike back into shape for very reasonable prices. And if you work in Pontypridd, Caerphilly or Cardiff, you might also be entitled to free bike maintenance sessions as part of the Smarter Journeys to Work project.

www.sustrans.org.uk/wales/what-we-do/workplaces

Cycling Clubs

If you fancy a bit of company, The British Cycling Organisation has compiled a database of different cycling clubs across the UK. Simply select ‘Wales’ or enter your postcode and you can choose from a variety of cycling clubs across the country.

www.britishcycling.org.uk/clubfinder

For the Kids

Cycling proficiency classes are increasingly offered free of charge in schools. However, there are also a number of classes, activities and resources accessible for kids across Wales.

Beicio Cymru have outlined a few, including kids classes in Aberaeron and Carmarthenshire.

www.britishcycling.org.uk/wales/article/wcst-Welsh-Cycling-kids-activities

Sustrans have also produced a detailed webpage dedicated to children’s cycling, including information on where to cycle, how to stay safe and the different types of bike seats available.

www.sustrans.org.uk/change-your-travel/children-and-families/cycling-kids

Bike Security

North Wales police offer free bike marking at a variety of events, and launched their ‘Bicycle Watch’ scheme in 2012 which they encourage cyclists to join for free by visiting www.north-wales.police.uk.

South Wales police also offer free bike marking at a variety of events, which they announce via their Facebook page

www.facebook.com/SWPolice

They have also compiled a detailed webpage on how to keep your bike safe, available at

www.south-wales.police.uk/more-about-us/protect-bike/

For updates on road safety initiatives in Wales, check out:

www.roadsafetywales.co.uk

ITV poll reveals growing need for more cycle routes

The poll revealed only 2% of us in Wales class cycling as a main mode of transport Credit: PA

An exclusive poll for ITV Wales reveals more than one in ten of us would cycle to work if there were more cycle routes available.

The poll found only 2% of Welsh adults class cycling as their main mode of transport.

But it also revealed this figure would rise to a more respectable 12%, if designated cycle routes were more widely available - that's 2% higher than the Welsh Government target for the year 2020.

Later this year, a new law will come into force in Wales which has been hailed as the first of its kind in the world.

The aim of the Active Travel Act is simple, to get more of us to leave the cars behind and to take our bikes.

The Act will force local authorities to map and plan for suitable routes for walking and cycling.

You can see more on this story on tonight's Wales This Week at 8pm.

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Geraint Thomas rides strongly in Stage 2

Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas rode strongly at the front of the peloton on day two of the Tour de France in Yorkshire, helping Team Sky leader Chris Froome stay out of trouble.

Geraint Thomas (second position) was often near the front of the race, between York and Sheffield. Credit: PA

Thomas, 25, finished safely in the pack, and is 22nd in the overall classification going into Stage 3, between Cambridge and London.

Watch highlights of Stage 2 on ITV4 at 7pm this evening

Tour de France Day 1: Geraint Thomas finishes 17th

Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas has finished 17th on the first day of the Tour de France in Yorkshire.

Team Sky leader Chris Froome came in 6th, while Mark Cavendish crashed near to the finish line.

This is the fifth tour for the two-time Olympic gold medallist from Cardiff.

Watch highlights of Stage 1 on ITV4 at 7pm this evening

Sustrans: 'Each young person injured is one too many'

Figures out today showing the number of cycling casualties in Wales, also show 260 pedestrians were killed or seriously injured on our roads last year - 63 of whom were young people.

Equating to two primary school classes, transport charity Sustrans Cymru says this number is a big concern for them.

The majority of casualties on Welsh roads occur in 30mph zones Credit: PA Images

Sustrans Cymru National Director, Jane Lorimer, said:

“Every child hurt – or killed – on Welsh roads is one too many and the number of child pedestrian casualties is of particular concern.

“We need more 20mph speed limits in communities across Wales, which will reduce casualties and ensure any collisions that do happen are less severe.

“Cycling and walking is good for our health, will cut congestion and is good for the environment. It’s key that we make sure Welsh towns and cities are geared up to enable everyone to feel safe cycling or walking for local everyday journeys.”

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