Abergavenny, Magor, Usk and Monmouthshire’s surrounding villages witnessed the impressive sight of 13,000 amateur and 120 professional cyclists taking part in the Velothon Wales cycling event on 22nd May.  Many Monmouthshire cyclists completed the gruelling 140 km route, residents volunteered to ensure the event ran smoothly and local people enjoyed cheering participants along the way.

Simon Key of the Nag’s Head public house in Usk commented: “The Velothon has been a great event and I’ve enjoyed welcoming cyclists and spectators into the pub today.  We’ve benefited from increased business in recent weeks as many cyclists have been visiting Usk as part of their training.  Some riders shouted out to us that they didn’t have time for coffee and tea cakes today!  Next year, I think we can make even more of the opportunity by selling hot dogs and creating a party atmosphere in the streets as cyclists go past.”

Cllr Bob Greenland, Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for leisure said: “Today has been fantastic.  Thanks so much to everyone who was involved and supported the event.  It was wonderful to see so many local people taking part and raising money for good causes.  Monmouthshire has a fabulous community of dedicated volunteers who contributed to make the event a success.  In Usk, Velothon volunteers donated spare food from the feeding station to the residents at the town’s Plas Mawr sheltered housing complex.  From a business and tourism perspective local enterprises have a massive opportunity to hold events to attract cyclists and spectators during the build-up and on the day itself.”

Cllr Greenland added: “I took the opportunity to listen to residents who would like to see even more of a party atmosphere next year.  That is certainly something I’d be happy to consider to make a great event even more enjoyable.”