RIDERS in the upcoming Velothon will be welcomed into Monmouthshire by a sea of colour thanks to the creative community of Usk.

More than 15,000 cyclists are expected to race through the town on July 9 as the major cycling event turns to the county.

Amateur cyclists and pro riders alike will start in the heart of Cardiff city centre before heading east through Newport and Usk, before entering the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Those taking on the 140km and 110km routes will enjoy a visual spectacle upon entering Usk with colourful bikes dotting the route.

Monmouthshire County Council’s recycling and waste teams work with residents young and old to bring disused bikes back to life.

The community came together at Usk Church in Wales Primary School for the Great Usk Bike Off party to promote the initiative and decorate more bikes to be displayed around the town in the lead-up to the summer event.

Natalie Eaton, a teacher at the school, described the “excitement” around the school ahead of the Velothon.

“I’m very proud of the pupils’ enthusiasm to make their town the best that it can be and eco club, craft club and the wider school community have all come together to make our bike-Off a great success,” added Miss Eaton.

Councillor Bob Greenland praised the creativity of Usk residents and urged other communities on the route to follow suit.

He said: “It’s been wonderful to see the creativity of our residents in Usk – the streets, shops, cafes, pubs and businesses here are going to look beautiful decorated in these crocheted, painted and themed bikes which will complement Usk’s flower displays.

“Any communities who would like to decorate their towns, villages or streets are urged to contact us and we will be happy to provide bikes donated or rescued at our recycling centres to replicate Usk’s approach.”

Nigel Russell, event director at Velothon Wales added: “The fantastic support we have received from the people of Monmouthshire in the build-up to Velothon Wales 2017 is sure to help make it the biggest and best yet.”