Thousands expected for Abergavenny Festival of Cycling

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Abergavenny Festival of Cycling
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CROWDS of more than 33,000 are expected to descend on Abergavenny during the town’s cycling festival which this year includes the British Cycling National Time Trial Championship.

The festival attracted more than 6,000 people last year and will include a variety of races such as the Deri Dash Hill Climb which takes place on the Tumble and the Traders and Carnival Race in the town centre.

The National Championships, in association with the Argus, takes place from June 25 to June 29 and will include the Champion Sportive.

The sportive is a mass participation public ride for cyclists from beginners to experts which is split into a Bronze route of 20 miles, a Silver route of 67 miles and the full Gold route which involves a climb up the Tumble Mountain between Abergavenny and Blaenavon.

Darren Tudor, Welsh Cycling’s national coach, said: “This is probably going to be one of the best cycling festivals in the UK, without doubt. We are lucky to have it on local roads, which are fantastic.”

The British championships were held in Glasgow last year which brought in 35,000 spectators and injected £2.59 million into the Glaswegian economy.

Big names in cycling are expected to take part in the race with Olympian Laura Trott who has already signed up.

Bill Owen, organiser of the British Cycling National Road and Time Trial Championships, said: “The county is regarded around the UK as a cyclists’ playground with many of the top professional teams using it as a training base and staying in the district.

“The aim of everyone involved in both the British Cycling National Road and Time Trials Championships this month and with the Abergavenny Festival of Cycling, which took place in the county for the previous eight years, is to turn Monmouthshire into the Cycling Capital of Wales. By holding such prestigious events, which will bring tens of thousands of people to the county this month, there is every chance that this ambition can be achieved.”

A number of roads closures will be issued around the county including Castle Street, Tudor Street, and Baker Street in Abergavenny on June 27, from 4pm to 12am. The Traffic Regulation Order will come into effect between Wednesday, June 25 and Wednesday, July 30.

A spokeswoman for Monmouthshire County Council said: “We are continuing to have conversations with communities and want to reassure them we are doing everything we can to keep all disruption to a minimum. We are visiting businesses to have one to one conversations about how to get more involved and grasp the opportunities the event will bring.”

The festival takes place from June 23 to June 29 and the closing date for entries to the sportive race is June 15.

lFor more information visit nationalroadchamps.co.uk

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9:26am Sun 8 Jun 14

golfer says...

Perhaps they can be taught to ride safely on the road and not side by side on main roads
Perhaps they can be taught to ride safely on the road and not side by side on main roads golfer
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7:39pm Sun 8 Jun 14

jimmysmith says...

God help the residents of abergavenny .the sooner its over the better .this is a total disregard for the views and upset caused to the local residents and at massive cost to us all as rate payers
God help the residents of abergavenny .the sooner its over the better .this is a total disregard for the views and upset caused to the local residents and at massive cost to us all as rate payers jimmysmith
  • Score: -2

11:54pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Floppy backed says...

jimmysmith wrote:
God help the residents of abergavenny .the sooner its over the better .this is a total disregard for the views and upset caused to the local residents and at massive cost to us all as rate payers
Oh please! Everything that involves bringing people together, marketing Monmouthshire on the cycling map,tourism, economy, improving fitness blar blar is going to inconvenience someone - you have been given notice of this event cheer up you miserable sardine. Its good to see something great happening - you cross the bridge and there is so much to see and do yet in Wales its pityful no wonder I spend most weekends with the kids in England cant face the negative Welsh.

Wales is dying thats a fact and bringing events like this should be applauded. I assume that Jimmy does no sport or helps promote fun activities to the young or old. Best if you shut the door, close the curtains and watch TV for the weekend.
[quote][p][bold]jimmysmith[/bold] wrote: God help the residents of abergavenny .the sooner its over the better .this is a total disregard for the views and upset caused to the local residents and at massive cost to us all as rate payers[/p][/quote]Oh please! Everything that involves bringing people together, marketing Monmouthshire on the cycling map,tourism, economy, improving fitness blar blar is going to inconvenience someone - you have been given notice of this event cheer up you miserable sardine. Its good to see something great happening - you cross the bridge and there is so much to see and do yet in Wales its pityful no wonder I spend most weekends with the kids in England cant face the negative Welsh. Wales is dying thats a fact and bringing events like this should be applauded. I assume that Jimmy does no sport or helps promote fun activities to the young or old. Best if you shut the door, close the curtains and watch TV for the weekend. Floppy backed
  • Score: 3

1:49am Mon 9 Jun 14

jimmysmith says...

Floppy backed wrote:
jimmysmith wrote:
God help the residents of abergavenny .the sooner its over the better .this is a total disregard for the views and upset caused to the local residents and at massive cost to us all as rate payers
Oh please! Everything that involves bringing people together, marketing Monmouthshire on the cycling map,tourism, economy, improving fitness blar blar is going to inconvenience someone - you have been given notice of this event cheer up you miserable sardine. Its good to see something great happening - you cross the bridge and there is so much to see and do yet in Wales its pityful no wonder I spend most weekends with the kids in England cant face the negative Welsh.

Wales is dying thats a fact and bringing events like this should be applauded. I assume that Jimmy does no sport or helps promote fun activities to the young or old. Best if you shut the door, close the curtains and watch TV for the weekend.
ive done more sport than you could imagine you fool .this isnt sport its a total massive inconvenience for us people .as for england take your cycle races there we dont want this in abergavenny .are you taking note billy owen .
[quote][p][bold]Floppy backed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jimmysmith[/bold] wrote: God help the residents of abergavenny .the sooner its over the better .this is a total disregard for the views and upset caused to the local residents and at massive cost to us all as rate payers[/p][/quote]Oh please! Everything that involves bringing people together, marketing Monmouthshire on the cycling map,tourism, economy, improving fitness blar blar is going to inconvenience someone - you have been given notice of this event cheer up you miserable sardine. Its good to see something great happening - you cross the bridge and there is so much to see and do yet in Wales its pityful no wonder I spend most weekends with the kids in England cant face the negative Welsh. Wales is dying thats a fact and bringing events like this should be applauded. I assume that Jimmy does no sport or helps promote fun activities to the young or old. Best if you shut the door, close the curtains and watch TV for the weekend.[/p][/quote]ive done more sport than you could imagine you fool .this isnt sport its a total massive inconvenience for us people .as for england take your cycle races there we dont want this in abergavenny .are you taking note billy owen . jimmysmith
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