Welsh closed road sportive Velothon Wales has announced there will be no event in 2019. Organisers made the announcement on their Twitter feed on Thursday.
Last year’s sportive attracted over 8,000 riders for the three routes all based in South Wales. Run since 2015, the first three years also incorporated a UCI 1.1 classified road race. However, this year the pro race was not included and the sportive has now followed suit.
“Following detailed discussions between the Velothon Series owners Ironman, the Welsh Government Major Events Unit and local event delivery partners Run4Wales, we can now confirm there are no plans for Velothon Wales to continue in 2019 and beyond,” the statement read.
“Despite a successful event in 2018 in which more than 8,000 riders took part across three distances, it is unfortunate that we are unable to find a sustainable model for future events.”
Owned by Ironman, the Triathlon organisation, Velothon was part of the UCI Velothon Series which has in the past included similar events in Canada, Sweden, both of which appear defunct.
Of the other Velothon events the future of Berlin is unclear as no 2019 date has been set, though the Australian Sunshine Coast and Hamburg events are set to go ahead next year.
The Hamburg ride incorporates the UCI WorldTour one day EuroEyes Cyclassics, won this year by Quickstep Floors’ Elia Viiviani.
Cycling Weekly has contacted Ironman and the Welsh Government Major Events Unit for further comment, but received no response before publication.
Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access
Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription
Join now for unlimited access
Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.
Inside the first Global Bike Festival: Road, gravel and mountain biking come together in the Austrian Alps
Cycling Weekly was there to find out why hundreds of people travelled to Austria with their bikes for a weekend
By Adam Becket • Published
Should cyclists be worried about skin damage? All you need to know about protecting yourself from harmful rays
As high summer approaches, promising long hours of sun-drenched cycling, here’s what you need to know about the dangers posed by the sun and how to reduce the risk
By Chris Marshall-Bell • Published
Hundreds sign petition after Vélo Birmingham refuse to refund 15,000 entry fees
Organisers say their business wouldn't be able to absorb the estimated £1.5 million in ticket sales
By Jonny Long • Published
Cyclosportive and cycling events calendar 2020
Comprehensive list of 2019 and 2020 cycling sportives and other cycling events around the UK and beyond
By Cycling Weekly • Published
L’Etape UK and Vélo South sportives cancelled due to rain and gale-force winds
The organisers of L’Etape UK and Vélo South have announced both events will be cancelled due to concerns about the weather.
By Alex Ballinger • Published