Last week, we were delighted to welcome no less than seven cycling teams to stay at the hotel prior to the start of Stage 1 of the Aviva Tour of Britain race, which started off in North Wales on Sunday:
- Team GB
- Lotto Soudal
- Cult EnergY
- Lotto Jumbo
For three days, the Beaufort Park carpark was full of shiny tour buses, stickered maintenance vehicles, huge storage trucks and, of course, dozens of bicycles. Guests at the hotel looked on in amazement as big name cyclists like Juraj Sagan and Nick van der Lijke cycled in and out of the hotel grounds as they prepared for the race.
The event started at Beaumaris on Anglesey, marking the first time that the modern race has begun in Wales. Leaving Anglesey via the famous Menai Bridge, the race headed through all six North Wales regions - Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham - and the heart of Snowdonia before the finish in the centre of Wrexham.
Race director, Mick Bennett, said the route showcased north Wales' "amazing scenery", which was a sentiment echoed by Susan Warnock, General Manager at the Beaufort Park Hotel:
"We're thrilled to have welcomed seven of the Tour of Britain teams to the Beaufort Park Hotel prior to starting the race in Anglesey. It's wonderful that the attention of cycling fans across the world were focussed on the beautiful scenery of North Wales. We hope that the success of this event encourages more sporting events to come to Flintshire."
The staff at the hotel would like to thank the race teams, athletes and our other guests for helping to make the stop-over a great success.