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A new race aimed at six to 16 year old riders has been announced. The Youth Tour of Wales takes place over two consecutive weekends in August.

The success of the RIS Insulation Junior Tour of Wales - an event supported by Blaenau Gwent Council throughout its 28 year history - has led the organisers to form an event for riders in the younger age categories.

The youth event will be on similar lines to the Junior Tour - there are two road stages, divided into age categories, and one time trial stage for all categories (schedule below). All of the racing takes place on closed roads at Parc Bryn Bach, near Ebbw Vale, Blaenau Gwent.

Sponsorship has been arranged with Arriva Trains Wales, who are keen to promote cycling as a positive activity for young people and at the same time celebrate the success of the Ebbw Vale Line.

Saturday 23 August 2008

9 am Registration Open at Parc Bryn Bach main building

10.30 U/16s race - 35 mins

11.15 U/14 + U/12s race - 30 and 25 mins

12.00 U/10 +U/8s race - 20 amd 15mins

14.15 Prize Presentation Brynmawr Town Square

Sunday 31 August 2008

9 am Registration Open at Parc Bryn Bach main building

10.30 Time Trial all categories

12.30 Under 16s race - 35 mins

13:15 Under 14 + Under 12s race - 30 and 25 mins

14:00 Under 10 + Under 8s race - 20 amd 15mins

15.00 Prize Presentation - main building

The entry fee is £5 and the closing date for entries is the August 18. For further information visit Queries and entries should be directed to Stuart Stanton (race organiser) 110 Firthcliffe Road, Liversedge, West Yorkhire, WF15 6HS; telephone: 01924 501928.

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