Caerphilly MP stands by Velothon Wales criticism

Wayne David MP says Velothon Wales was an 'appallingly organised event' and reiterated his wish that the race does not come through his constituency again

Velothon Wales 2015
(Image credit: Andy Jones)

Caerphilly MP Wayne David has defended his criticism of the Velothon Wales event, despite coming under fire from cyclists on social media.

Mr David said earlier in June that he hoped the event, which saw over 13,000 riders take part, would not come through his constituency again next year after local residents and businesses were affected.

Welsh Assembly member Lindsay Whittle called for compensation to be given to those businesses who lost revenues during the event, while the head of a care agency claimed patients were left unsupported because staff could not move around the region.

Mr David told the Caerphilly Observer: “It was appalling incompetence and I’ve received at least 300 comments and complaints [about the Velothon].

“I’m not anti-cycling but this is just an appallingly-organised event.

“This wasn’t a council event it was organised by a private company contracted by the Welsh Assembly and there was no consultation before for local people to say what they think.

“I hope that the community, town council and county council speak with one voice and say people will not be subjected to this again.”

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.