Trains, Planes and Automobiles (and Bikes!) - Events in Wales
Race a Train, Red Arrows, GB Rally, Tour of Britain and a Bike Show - all events to enjoy in Wales later this year whilst staying a Wales Holidays cottage.
The train to race is not a Virgin Trains Pendolino doing 125mph but a rather more sedate narrow gauge steam train! On Saturday 16 August, the annual charity ‘Race the Train’ event takes place in Mid Wales when hundreds of runners take on the challenge of racing a train on the Talyllyn Railway over a 14 mile course from Tywyn to Abergynolwyn and back. The route is over footpaths, farmland and some public roads; as much as possible it follows alongside the railway track.
More than 140,000 people attended the Rhyl Air Show last year and the dates for the 2014 event are Saturday and Sunday 30 & 31 August. The spectacular RAF Red Arrows will headline the Sunday line up and The Blades Aerobatic Display Team, a four plane full-time civilian display team, will be in the air on the Saturday. Both days will feature the Tucano (used by the Flying Training School to provide basic fastjet flying training to RAF and RN student pilots), an RAF Valley Sea King helicopter and a Spitfire or Hurricane from The Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. The Air displays can be viewed along the entire Promenade at Rhyl, with plentiful ground displays positioned from the Amphitheatre to past the Lifeboat Station; these displays will include the BBC’s WW1 at Home Tour.
One event in Wales last year was watched by some 600 million TV viewers worldwide. The 2014 Wales Rally GB will be the final round of the World Rally Championship and will take place from Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 November. No major changes to the format for this year are expected with the Rally taking place in the mountains and forests of Wales with classic stages in the North blended with tests in Mid Wales and with a climax on the Great Orme road at Llandudno where the drivers will face huge drops into the sea.
The 2014 Cycle Tour of Britain takes place from Sunday 7 to Sunday 14 September with two of the nine stages featuring Wales for the planned 18-team line-up of six-rider squads. Stage Two on the Monday is nearly 200 km long. It will actually begin on Merseyside but then heads into Wales at Wrexham and continues to Mold, St Asaph, Llanwrst and Conwy. As with the car rally, it also includes a lap of the Great Orme before the riders sprint along the seafront at Llandudno to the finish. The following day (9 September) will see the tour starting from Newtown in Mid Wales with a 150km Stage Three; this will take in Knighton, Talgarth and Abergavenny finishing with a 6km long climb of 432m above Govilon.
Finally, for motorbike enthusiasts, a two day event at the United Counties Showground at Carmarthen - the West Wales Motorcycle Show on Saturday and Sunday 16 & 17 August. It takes advantage of the extensive space and buildings available on the Showground for stunt displays, trade stands, show bikes, custom bike displays, catering, craft stalls and a children's corner.