Sunshine, sweat, and Shane Williams - a now familiar combination in St Davids in March.

And sure enough, the third annual Tour De Shane attracted more than 150 cyclists to the Bishop's Palace last Saturday morning to tackle either the 50 or 70 mile routes.

Among them was the Wales and British Lions legend himself, with the Man-up UK event again doubling up as a fundraiser for the Velindre Cancer Centre, a charity of which the 42-year-old is a patron of. Also on hand was Sean Holley to help host the sportive.

The routes were altered this year and the first rider home was Isaac Jones who completed 50 miles in two hours 44 minutes (2:44), just seconds ahead of namesake Paul.

Following them was Wayne Haycocks in 3:02:58, with Sian Davies the quickest female rider in 3:11:10.

Over the 70 mile distance, Michael Burton clocked 3:45:40, followed by Mark Ludgate (3:47:54) and Dylan Griffiths (3.56.23). Julian Mansel-Thomas was the first female back in 4:22:43.

"It was a great day," said Williams afterwards.

"The event just gets better every year and it's going to be bigger still in 2020."

Sure enough, next year organisers are planning to make the sportive a closed road event to allow more cyclists to take part safely.

"Based on the feedback we've had the Tour De Shane proved to a very enjoyable occasion for all our staff, marshals and riders.

"The changes of route went down very well and there were some tough climbs but everyone recovered."

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