A cyclist sadly died whilst taking part in the Cardiff to Tenby Carten ride on Saturday.

The organisers of the 107 mile bike ride from the Welsh capital to the seaside town held annually in May, have confirmed that fifty-one-year-old Michael Gronow suffered a suspected cardiac arrest whilst taking on the event on May 11.

With the route turning by Carmarthen Leisure Centre, the organisers stated that Mr Gronow suffered the medical emergency after leaving the Johnstown area.

Around 2,000 riders took took part in the gruelling challenge on its 20th anniversary on what proved to be one of the hottest days of the year.

The charity event kicks off from Cardiff City Hall with a rolling start from 7.30 am, before finishing in the centre of Tenby in Tudor Square.

A statement from the organisers said: “With deep sadness we can confirm the passing away of a rider in the 2024 Carten100.

“Michael Gronow, 51 suffered a suspected cardiac arrest leaving Johnstown. The emergency services were on the scene almost immediately and reacted with great speed and professionalism.

“This is a terrible tragedy for his wife, family, and friends. Everyone involved in the organisation of The Carten100 would like to express their sincere condolences. Our deepest sympathies go out to them.”

The majority of riders this year were fundraising for the Noah's Ark Children's Hospital Charity. 

Friends and families were able to cheer those taking part into Tudor Square, with the walled town closed to traffic from 12 noon to 8 pm.

Cyclists then headed down to the harbour to the finish pavilion for well deserved refreshments!

Former Wales and British Lions rugby star Shane Willliams was also spotted completing the challenge.

A massive thank you went to St John Ambulance Cymru volunteers for supporting the event.

“It was a challenging day for our teams, however they did us proud and worked impeccably with other agencies,” said a spokesperson.

Members of Tenby and District Lions and Tenby Sea Cadets were also on hand to lend their support down the harbour.

“Your determination and passion are truly inspiring,” a spokesperson for the Sea Cadets organisation remarked.

“A massive shoutout goes out to our dedicated cadets and volunteers who assisted with the bag collection, ensuring everything ran smoothly.

“Your hard work behind the scenes does not go unnoticed and is greatly appreciated! Well done to you all!”