Team Williams have Completed The Tour Of Wales.
Total distance: 654 miles.
Total elevation 43,015ft.
Our supporters have been so very generous and currently we have raised well over £2k for Ty Hapus.
A huge thank you to all of you.
See below for information about why we did this journey, and see our Diary.
Come here daily for updates from Carrie on How Team Williams are doing on the Tour of Wales.
DAY 1 – 100 MILES ELEVATION 5549ft
Day 1 done and photos attached. Hard, hot & hilly.
At 7pm it was still 27c. One puncture one falling off other than that a great day with the most fabulous views and scenery.
Photo 1 is us setting off from my home.
Day 2 – Tenby to Fishguard – 62 miles – Elevation 4554ft
Another late finish 7.30! A great day though. The Welsh scenery is fantastic and the route was brilliant.
No mishaps today but very hilly. 16 to 20% inclines, and these came in the last 30 miles so it was tough.
Weather was windy & cold to start with but turned to sunny in the afternoon.
Day 3 – Fishguard to Aberystwyth
A long day! Didn’t get to the b&b until 9pm Last night. 84 miles done and over 8000ft of elevation. A really hard day but perfect weather and fantastic scenery. Mwnt was the top spot of the day – absolutely beautiful.
Day 4- Aberystwyth to Porthmadog – 71 miles – Elevation 4,022ft.
Another good day. The Highlight was the coast road from Machynlleth to Barmouth – it was absolutely stunning scenery.
It Rained at the start but weather good for the rest of the day. A nice off-road forest track followed by another puncture! A great cafe stop at Coast Coffee in Aberdovey and then lunch from Nick in the support vehicle!
A very Special thanks to Charlie at Summit Cycles in Aberystwyth who helped us out with a bike repair.
Day 5 – Porthmadog to Rhuddlan including climbing to the summit of The Great Orme:
Started this morning with the rain pouring down which lasted until Caernarfon. We took the Lon Efian trail to Caernarfon which was fabulous. Great to see the Castles along the way and the Steam train stopping at the old stations.
The Menai Bridge and the Garth Pier at Bangor were great to visit.
Slight route problem at Llandudno where we ended up cycling over their golf course. The golfers were very understanding and tried to re-route us unsuccessfully. Had a gentle warning from the Club Captain but made our escape to the summit of The Great Orme where the views were outstanding. Quite a relief to arrive at Rhuddlan!
Day 6 –
A hard day, not helped by the strong winds and the heavy rain which started at 1pm & lasted until 6.30pm! Wet is and understatement as you’ll see from the photos!
So bad that Chris had to wash our bikes in the canal to get rid of the mud & dirt to be able to continue riding!!
Arrived at our B&B at 8pm.
Highlights were seeing the Support Van throughout the day and being well looked after by Nick! Walters coffee shop – fab cakes: Flint Castle & Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. A good day but glad to finish!
Day 7 completed and now at Abergavenny.
A longer day in terms of mileage and climbing but the scenery has been spectacular. After cycling through Hay-on-Wye, we climbed Gospel Pass in the rain which is 1800ft above sea level and the highest road pass in Wales.
One puncture (not Chris!).
Fantastic sustenance from the support vehicle (who’s called Vincent!) finishing up with a final stop at Llanthony Abbey. Almost there…
Final Day. One Last Push
Weather was absolutely great but some sharp climbing to start with which did not help the legs! First stop was Usk and then on to Chepstow for a look at the castle. Lunch was in Caerwent where Nick looked after us very well! We then pushed the pace a bit and continued to Newport, Cardiff and then home to a lovely welcome.
A fantastic week of riding with outstanding scenery.
The company has been absolutely first class and we’ve made some great memories which we’ll never forget.
About Team Williams
Team Williams is made up of Carrie Williams, Nick Hawksworth, Carrie Hawksworth and Chris Matthews. They are riding the circumference of wales in Memory of Carries late husband Gareth, and raising money for Ty Hapus at the same time.