AN event created to celebrate the Tour of Britain first riding through Builth Wells a decade ago returns to the town this month.

The Builth Bike Bash was first held in 2011 and proved such a success it has since become an annual event. But after a few years being held elsewhere, the event returns to its roots this weekend, when it comes back to Builth on Sunday, September 12.

Powys has increasingly become a big part of the iconic race in recent years – in 2016 the Royal Welsh Showground just across the bridge in Llanelwedd hosted the county’s first stage finish of the Tour of Britain.

After a few years spent elsewhere the event’s organisers are excited to return to the original site this year. Riders of all ages and abilities ride one-mile laps, which are counted. The organisers set a distance challenge each year; this year it is to collectively ride the combined distances of the men’s and women’s races at the Tour of Britain – which is 1,209 miles.

Bonna Williams, one of the organisers, said: “If you have a bike, come along to the Groe on Sunday, September 12, and help us reach our target.

“This is a friendly non-competitive event, where everyone is encouraged to have a go.”

The event is free, but cyclists need to bring their own bikes and helmets must be worn.

The event runs from 11am to 4pm, with the first hour restricted to less confident riders, pushchairs, wheelchairs, scooters and balance bikes.

Builth Fest carnival committee will be running a bottle stall and raffle, there will be refreshments on sale and various other cycling related activities for participants to try.

For more information or to volunteer contact Bonna on 07891899793 or visit the event website at