Welcoming back the OVO Energy Tour Series for the seventh time, this weekend’s Aberystwyth Cycle Festival has broadened its array of events for 2018 by adding family rides, a BMX skills workshop and women’s specific cycling workshops to an already busy schedule.

Double Olympic medallist Becky James is guest of honour at the annual Gala evening at the National Library of Wales at 6.30pm on Friday (25 May), which also features a showing of The Flying Scotsman, a film about the legendary Scottish cyclist Graeme Obree.

Saturday kicks off the Bank Holiday weekend with a promenade expo of stalls and cycle skills displays, which is completely free to attend. Town centre criterium races run from 9am through to 9pm, including competitions for local primary schoolchildren and the Welsh Cycling Championships for all age groups.

The day of quality sporting action culminates with round five of the OVO Energy Tour Series, where we welcome the return of an elite men’s race as well as Britain’s leading women’s professionals for the first time.

AberCycleFest are very proud to welcome new sponsors SP Energy Networks, Advancing Aberystwyth, Tesco Bags of Help & Dwr Cymru Welsh Water this year which in addition to our existing supporters, enable us to organise all the events that take place.

Stephen Stewart, Director at SP Energy Networks, said: “At SP Energy Networks, we work closely with communities across Mid and North Wales so we’re incredibly proud to be supporting the Aberystwyth Cycle Festival. We look forward to enjoying fantastic cycling and we’ll be cheering on the 14 SP Energy Networks staff competing in the festival.”

Saturday also features the popular Conquer the Cliff mountain bike downhill race on Constitution Hill. Over 150 top downhill riders from Wales and further afield are due to do battle this time. Practice sessions take place from 9am, with racing getting underway at 1pm.

Sunday is the mass participation day, as the Continental Welsh Wild West sportive takes place from Aberystwyth. This year’s sportive incorporates four stunning routes of 28, 46, 62 or 106 miles through the Ceredigion countryside to choose from.

Shelley Childs, AberCycleFest organiser said: “We’re so pleased to welcome our new event organisers Sustrans, Breeze and Kronberg Park into our stable, making this the biggest festival we’ve had so far. They will complement our existing events nicely and will make the festival even more inclusive. Having both the Welsh Championships and the Tour Series races taking place in the town centre has been a huge coup for Ystwyth Cycling Club and we now feel that Aberystwyth is a serious venue for all major events in the welsh cycling calendar”

Bank Holiday Monday sees another spectator-friendly event take at Llanbadarn, where 32 riders will tackle the 25% gradient of Cefn Llan in the EDCO HillClimb, a knockout style competition pitting two riders against each other in a first to the top gladiator-style format.

Families can also get involved on Bank Holiday Monday, with the Sustrans Family Ride taking place from the Lifeboat Station to Glanyrafon, following the river Rheidol all along the cycle path.

Visit the AberCycleFest website for full information on this year’s event.