VELOTHON Wales fever has hit the town of Usk after local residents showcased their artistic talents to line the streets with their own cycling creations.
The local community decked the Monmouthshire town with up-cycled bikes to give thousands of competitors an unforgettable experience at the last installment of Wales’ largest closed road cycling sportive. This year, residents from the ages of four to 84 have been painting pictures to showcase their love of the historic town of flowers.
The images will sit on a total of 70 rainbow coloured bike wheels as Usk gets ready to host the start of the brand new VELOTHON 60 ride on July 8. Abergavenny based artist Danielle Farrington has produced 12 stunning designs to sit alongside wheels produced by Usk art groups to celebrate everything they cherish about the town.
The community project will give riders an eye-catching welcome, and Danielle believes the community spirit will make a big impression as Usk prepares to welcome thousands of cycling enthusiasts.
She said: “It was fantastic to work with people of all ages in the community who came together to share their love of Monmouthshire. People have painted, decoupaged, written poems and made mosaics to tell their story. A team of volunteers joined us on Friday to help decorate the town with the finished wheels – what a wonderful community spirit Usk has!”
Participants of all abilities will have the chance to experience Wales’ largest closed-road cycling sportive next month. Seasoned cycling enthusiasts will take on the notorious Tumble and infamous Caerphilly Mountain climbs on the VELOTHON 140 route, which starts and finishes in the heart of Cardiff, taking in some of Wales’ most breathtaking scenery.
The VELOTHON 125 offers the full experience without the gruelling Tumble climb, and the new VELOTHON 60 will give new cyclists the chance an unforgettable introduction to closed road cycling events.
The point-to-point route will begin in the picturesque town before racing through Pontypool and up the challenging Caerphilly Mountain, before a fast descent towards the Welsh capital and a grandstand finish on the iconic King Edward VII Avenue.
VELOTHON Wales Event Manager Naomi Warner said: “Thousands of VELOTHON Wales riders were blown away by the support of the Usk community, and this year’s field are in for another treat. The town will become the hub for new riders as many get in the saddle for the first time at this year’s revamped event.
“Riders always get the warmest of welcomes by the people of Monmouthshire and the latest ‘Bike off’ project will be a key component to the carnival atmosphere awaiting riders on July 8.”
Councillor Bob Greenland cabinet member for tourism, leisure and culture said: “Monmouthshire residents are sending out a warm welcome to cyclists training for and taking part in this year’s Velothon. Usk is a beautiful town to visit and looks amazing decorated with brightly coloured bikes wheels telling the story of the town. On 8th July the short route is starting in Usk, I would urge cyclists and their supporters to spend time in the beautiful historic town during the event – there are wonderful shops, pubs and hotels to visit.”Local residents can find all the road closure details here.