What is the Valeride?
The Valeride is a cycle ride around the Vale of Glamorgan and surrounding area with the choice of two routes for riders. The 50 mile route takes in the countryside and coast of the Vale of Glamorgan. The 90 mile route shares the start and end of the 50 mile route with the additional climb of the ‘Bwlch’ from Port Talbot, a steady 15 mile climb to the summit.
How do I enter?
All entries for both routes can be entered via the ‘Sign Up’ tab on this website.
If you are under 18 then you will need to complete the parental consent form. -Download the Parental Consent Form
What do I need to know before attempting the Valeride?
We have a wide range of riders from the club cyclists to first timers who have never ridden the distance before. We would encourage all riders to train prior to the event and the best way to do this is to get out on your bike so you prepare your body.
Your bike will need to be in good working order, tyres at the correct pressure, brakes in working order, tyres in good order and the chain well oiled.
Who is the suitable ride for?
As we offer two routes, the ride is suitable for everyone. We do recommend that you train for which ever route you do so that your body gets used to the main pressure points on a bike, saddle (backside) and handlebars (hands and arms).
Where does the ride start and finish?
Both routes are circular starting and finishing at the Vale Resort, Hensol, in the Vale of Glamorgan, just off junction 33 of the M4.
Follow the ‘Valeride’ signs when you get to the Vale resort, all riders need to register prior to the start.
What time do the rides start?
The 90 mile ride starts at 0830hrs and the 50 mile ride starts at 0930hrs, all riders for each route will start at the same time.
What are the routes?
50 mile – A route through the countryside and along the coast of the Vale of Glamorgan, with a few climbs thrown in to add to the challenge.
90 mile – This route shares the first part and end part of the 50 mile route, with the additional 40 miles being a ride up the famous ‘Bwlch’. From the Port Talbot side of the mountain it is a gradual 15 mile climb to the top.
The maps and profiles of the routes can be seen at the routes tab.
What is essential to take on the ride?
We recommend you take the following:
- Spare inner tubes
- A pump
- Suitable clothing for all conditions
- Tyre levers and a multi tool.
- Energy drink and food
You may also consider the following items:
- Spare folding tyre
- Chain link tool and spare chain links
- Spare spokes (tape them to your frame)
Will any charities benefit from the ride?
Yes, this year we will be supporting the Stay Strong For Ows campaign
How much is the entry fee?
Entry for the 50 mile route is £26.00, and the 90 mile route is £32. This includes insurance from British cycling, refreshment stops and other benefits.
What happens on the day?
All riders will need to ‘sign in’ on the day at the registration desk to receive their ride number, validate the insurance and receive a rider briefing.
What about insurance?
We have registered the ride with British Cycling and taken advantage of their Event Insurance protecting riders, stewards and organisers against any unforeseen circumstances. We need to advise that this cover is only 3rd Party, so please make sure you have sufficient cover of your own if you need it.