Saddle up for the magic of Merlin
Nearly 600 cyclists from all over the UK will be saddling up on Sunday July 1st for The Merlin Ride.
Riders from as far afield as Northern Ireland, London, Scotland and Yorkshire will be descending on the National Botanic Garden of Wales in the early hours of the morning ready for the start of one of four separate rides.
The ‘Merlin’ is a sportive ride with four distances for a wide range of abilities and will start at 8am.
It is organised by Peter Jones of County Cycles and Phil Edwards of Merlin Cycle Sports. It is sponsored by Carmarthenshire County Council, Tourism and Fusion, Hywel Dda Health Board and the National Botanic Garden of Wales.
All entrants start and finish at the Garden.
Organiser Phil Edwards describes the event as “perfect for hardcore cyclists as well as those just looking to get into the sport”. Says Phil: “The Merlin Ride is a magical tour of Carmarthenshire’s countryside and consists of four separate rides: Towy, Druid, Cothi and Merlin.”
He added: “Towy, a 24-mile loop, is perfect for the younger or older rider as it doesn’t require a high level of fitness; while at 104 miles and with a very big hill to boot, Merlin is not for the faint hearted!”
Fellow organiser Peter Jones said: “The objectives of the Merlin Ride are to promote tourism in the county; showcase the National Botanic Garden; promote health and fitness; and to get the maximum number of people possible to participate in a safe and enjoyable event.”
The Garden will be open to participants from 6.30am on the Sunday with toilet facilities available at the entrance.
The event will also feature a Cycle Trade Show with displays by most of the leading cycle manufacturers. Why not visit the garden and see the latest cycle products and chat to those most knowledgeable about all your cycle needs.
A list of entrants and full details of the event are available at www.merlinsportive.co.uk
For more info, call the Garden on 01558 668768 or visit www.gardenofwales.org.uk
Head of Marketing and Communications – Pennaeth Marchnata
email / e-bost David.Hardy@gardenofwales.org.uk
National Botanic Garden of Wales
Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire, SA32 8HG
Tel: (01558) 667130 Fax: (01558) 668933
Gardd Fotaneg Genedlaethol Cymru
Llanarthne, Sir Gaerfyrddin, SA32 8HG
Ffôn: (01558) 667130 Ffacs: (01558) 668933