Abergavenny traders expect busy weekend for cycling festival

SUBMITTED PICOn Saturday 6 October, World Champion and Para-Olympic Gold and Silver Medallist Mark Colbourne will be visiting M&D Cycles in Frogmore Street, Abergavenny to meet and speak to everyone about the Olympics and his journey becoming  World a

SUBMITTED PICOn Saturday 6 October, World Champion and Para-Olympic Gold and Silver Medallist Mark Colbourne will be visiting M&D Cycles in Frogmore Street, Abergavenny to meet and speak to everyone about the Olympics and his journey becoming World a

First published in Gwent news

TRADERS in Abergavenny are gearing up for a busy weekend as the annual Festival of Cycling takes over the town.

Onlookers are expected to crowd the roads as Tour-de-France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins pedals through, along with other stars Mark Cavendish and gold medallists from the 2012 Olympic Games.

Shops in the town are hoping for the slice of the action, believing that increased footfall will be good for trade despite the main road through town being closed.

Vanessa Rowley, from Fortysix gift shop, said they had arranged a special window display to mark the festival. “We’re expecting it to be good for business. Lots of the shop windows are making the most of it. We have bicycle related goodies like bike wheel chopping boards, cyclist cufflinks and an old fashioned headlamp from a bike polished up. It’s like when the food festival was on; we tended to put more of our cookware in the windows. It is chaos, but at the same time it’s a good atmosphere.”

Fellow trader Miles Preece, 52, from M&D Cycles, said: “Town will be buzzing with people and they are all going to need to eat and drink. I think people are realising the benefits of cycling as a whole, for fitness and just to get out and see everything. It’s a great thing to have the cycling festival; hopefully we’ll be having it for years to come. People are realising that Abergavenny is the centre for cycling in Wales – it’s not far off the centre for cycling in the whole UK. Cycling shops are not necessarily going to benefit from the day itself but we have noticed an upturn in sales, people bringing bikes out of retirement from sheds and things.”

The Angel Hotel has also benefitted from the event, with some riders staying at the hotel. Assistant to the general manager Emily Heath, 25, said: “For us we have got a lot of cyclists staying here, so we have got some trade from it, definitely. We have got a cycling festival dinner on Saturday night for 120 people in the ballroom. I think it’s for riders and organisers. Normally the streets are lined with people. Everyone seems to be getting excited.”

Lisa Atkins, 43, from Cariad Wales gift shop, said: “I suppose any road closure will affect business but I’d say the festival will be a good thing. It will bring people into the town.”

The festival runs until Sunday when it will culminate with the Men and Women’s British Cycling National Road Race Championships.

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8:12am Tue 24 Jun 14

jimmysmith says...

You mean argus .when the town and surrounding areas are a no go area .its impossible to get into town to shop .elderly and disabled people on the mardy and surrounding areas are virtual prisoners in their own homes .bicycles colliding on the pavements with any one who does manage to get in the way .laughable you mention traders and put a picture of the local cycle shop .ask the people of abergavenny what they think about it
You mean argus .when the town and surrounding areas are a no go area .its impossible to get into town to shop .elderly and disabled people on the mardy and surrounding areas are virtual prisoners in their own homes .bicycles colliding on the pavements with any one who does manage to get in the way .laughable you mention traders and put a picture of the local cycle shop .ask the people of abergavenny what they think about it jimmysmith
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8:57am Tue 24 Jun 14

mrleebob says...

jimmysmith wrote:
You mean argus .when the town and surrounding areas are a no go area .its impossible to get into town to shop .elderly and disabled people on the mardy and surrounding areas are virtual prisoners in their own homes .bicycles colliding on the pavements with any one who does manage to get in the way .laughable you mention traders and put a picture of the local cycle shop .ask the people of abergavenny what they think about it
NIMBY!
[quote][p][bold]jimmysmith[/bold] wrote: You mean argus .when the town and surrounding areas are a no go area .its impossible to get into town to shop .elderly and disabled people on the mardy and surrounding areas are virtual prisoners in their own homes .bicycles colliding on the pavements with any one who does manage to get in the way .laughable you mention traders and put a picture of the local cycle shop .ask the people of abergavenny what they think about it[/p][/quote]NIMBY! mrleebob
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7:48am Wed 25 Jun 14

Neil0505 says...

I genuinely can't believe the attitude of some of the narrow minded individuals towards suge a big event. Its not as if you haven't been given enough notice about such a big event. I myself have been seeing signs for at least a fortnight. If you are so concerned about abergavenny then you would be thinking about the economy there and the amount of shops. Events like this are massive to the town centre. Just enjoy the couple of hours that it is here and loosen up a bit :-)
I genuinely can't believe the attitude of some of the narrow minded individuals towards suge a big event. Its not as if you haven't been given enough notice about such a big event. I myself have been seeing signs for at least a fortnight. If you are so concerned about abergavenny then you would be thinking about the economy there and the amount of shops. Events like this are massive to the town centre. Just enjoy the couple of hours that it is here and loosen up a bit :-) Neil0505
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8:25am Wed 25 Jun 14

jimmysmith says...

Neil0505 wrote:
I genuinely can't believe the attitude of some of the narrow minded individuals towards suge a big event. Its not as if you haven't been given enough notice about such a big event. I myself have been seeing signs for at least a fortnight. If you are so concerned about abergavenny then you would be thinking about the economy there and the amount of shops. Events like this are massive to the town centre. Just enjoy the couple of hours that it is here and loosen up a bit :-)
well campaign Bill Owen and hopefully it can be moved to your town .i know for certain you will have the support of the townspeople of abergavenny .as for a couple of hours its three days
[quote][p][bold]Neil0505[/bold] wrote: I genuinely can't believe the attitude of some of the narrow minded individuals towards suge a big event. Its not as if you haven't been given enough notice about such a big event. I myself have been seeing signs for at least a fortnight. If you are so concerned about abergavenny then you would be thinking about the economy there and the amount of shops. Events like this are massive to the town centre. Just enjoy the couple of hours that it is here and loosen up a bit :-)[/p][/quote]well campaign Bill Owen and hopefully it can be moved to your town .i know for certain you will have the support of the townspeople of abergavenny .as for a couple of hours its three days jimmysmith
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8:26am Wed 25 Jun 14

jimmysmith says...

mrleebob wrote:
jimmysmith wrote:
You mean argus .when the town and surrounding areas are a no go area .its impossible to get into town to shop .elderly and disabled people on the mardy and surrounding areas are virtual prisoners in their own homes .bicycles colliding on the pavements with any one who does manage to get in the way .laughable you mention traders and put a picture of the local cycle shop .ask the people of abergavenny what they think about it
NIMBY!
and your a nimby
[quote][p][bold]mrleebob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jimmysmith[/bold] wrote: You mean argus .when the town and surrounding areas are a no go area .its impossible to get into town to shop .elderly and disabled people on the mardy and surrounding areas are virtual prisoners in their own homes .bicycles colliding on the pavements with any one who does manage to get in the way .laughable you mention traders and put a picture of the local cycle shop .ask the people of abergavenny what they think about it[/p][/quote]NIMBY![/p][/quote]and your a nimby jimmysmith
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9:57am Wed 25 Jun 14

Neil0505 says...

I am actually from abergavenny myself so it already has my backing. The town is closed Friday evening from 3 I believe and 2 3 hour periods on sunday
I am actually from abergavenny myself so it already has my backing. The town is closed Friday evening from 3 I believe and 2 3 hour periods on sunday Neil0505
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4:38pm Wed 25 Jun 14

jimmysmith says...

Neil0505 wrote:
I am actually from abergavenny myself so it already has my backing. The town is closed Friday evening from 3 I believe and 2 3 hour periods on sunday
its closed from 1 pm friday until sunday evening all of croesonen park and the mardy .is cut of no vehicular access what so-ever .so pensioners the disabled etc are virtual prisoners in their own homes .theres also numerous country roads closed to traffic for this period as well .lets all hope theres not a major emergency over this period ,isnt it ? .god forgive a child needing emergency medical care and an ambulance needed within the golden hour .But we neednt consider all the above is it ? because the bloke in the bike shop is doing a roaring trade
[quote][p][bold]Neil0505[/bold] wrote: I am actually from abergavenny myself so it already has my backing. The town is closed Friday evening from 3 I believe and 2 3 hour periods on sunday[/p][/quote]its closed from 1 pm friday until sunday evening all of croesonen park and the mardy .is cut of no vehicular access what so-ever .so pensioners the disabled etc are virtual prisoners in their own homes .theres also numerous country roads closed to traffic for this period as well .lets all hope theres not a major emergency over this period ,isnt it ? .god forgive a child needing emergency medical care and an ambulance needed within the golden hour .But we neednt consider all the above is it ? because the bloke in the bike shop is doing a roaring trade jimmysmith
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10:14pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Neil0505 says...

But let's be fair. If there is such an emergency then I think they would open the roads. Stop being so pessimistic and just enjoy the day. I am sure if people are that desperate to get out then they will make an effort to put cars in an accessible place. E.g St Francis Close??
But let's be fair. If there is such an emergency then I think they would open the roads. Stop being so pessimistic and just enjoy the day. I am sure if people are that desperate to get out then they will make an effort to put cars in an accessible place. E.g St Francis Close?? Neil0505
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10:27pm Wed 25 Jun 14

jimmysmith says...

Neil0505 wrote:
But let's be fair. If there is such an emergency then I think they would open the roads. Stop being so pessimistic and just enjoy the day. I am sure if people are that desperate to get out then they will make an effort to put cars in an accessible place. E.g St Francis Close??
not as easy as that with road marshalls racing about like the dukes of hazard and a couple of hundred bikes travelling in excess of 50 miles a hour stretched back for miles is it ?.i suppose the ambulance and fire engines can pull over for half hour whilst they all pass . and the infirm and elderly can walk the half mile or so to saint francis close .from croesonen park .and the mile or more from poplars .with a couple of bags of shopping the exercise will do em good ,dont you think ? you sure you aint one of wonderful councilors ?
[quote][p][bold]Neil0505[/bold] wrote: But let's be fair. If there is such an emergency then I think they would open the roads. Stop being so pessimistic and just enjoy the day. I am sure if people are that desperate to get out then they will make an effort to put cars in an accessible place. E.g St Francis Close??[/p][/quote]not as easy as that with road marshalls racing about like the dukes of hazard and a couple of hundred bikes travelling in excess of 50 miles a hour stretched back for miles is it ?.i suppose the ambulance and fire engines can pull over for half hour whilst they all pass . and the infirm and elderly can walk the half mile or so to saint francis close .from croesonen park .and the mile or more from poplars .with a couple of bags of shopping the exercise will do em good ,dont you think ? you sure you aint one of wonderful councilors ? jimmysmith
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7:49am Thu 26 Jun 14

ruthnp7 says...

I live in Abergavenny and I must admit that it drives me crazy and really does inconvenience me when I'm trying to get about the town, especially on the Friday. So I tend to dread it and just wish for it all to be over with for another year. But having said that I think it is well organised, and obviously lots of people enjoy it and come for it.
I live in Abergavenny and I must admit that it drives me crazy and really does inconvenience me when I'm trying to get about the town, especially on the Friday. So I tend to dread it and just wish for it all to be over with for another year. But having said that I think it is well organised, and obviously lots of people enjoy it and come for it. ruthnp7
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