'Can we rid Monmouthshire of pesky cyclists now Velothon is over?' councillor asks

Cllr Graham Down admits his thoughts on "pesky cyclists" are generalisations and jokes about having a bag of tacks to throw at Velothon

(Photo: Andy Jones)

(Image credit: Andy Jones)

While organisers of Velothon Wales hailed the event a success, a local councillor took the opportunity on Twitter to call for "pesky cyclists" to stay off the roads for the rest of the summer.

The sportive and elite race took place on Sunday on closed roads around south Wales, with concerns raised by local MPs and businesses that the excessive closures would affect business.

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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.