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The stunning 140km route for Velothon Wales 2016 has been revealed. Up to 18,000 cyclists are expected to take part in this year’s closed-road event on Sunday 22 May, taking in some of the most beautiful and challenging roads around south Wales.

Cyclists, spectators, residents and businesses can now visit and journey through the full 140km route via an interactive map.

As previously announced, the 50km route has been withdrawn from this year’s event to minimise disruption. It means the loop from Newport, under the M4 at junction 28, along Forge Lane, through Rhiwderin to

Caerphilly is not happening and the residents here will not be affected.

There will be changes from the inaugural event in 2015 on the Usk Road from Caerleon to Usk, where the route turns right at the Cwrt Bleddyn Hotel just before Llangybi and travels through Tredunnock and past the Newbridge on Usk before joining Abernant Road towards Usk.

The route then travels through Llantrisant and Llanllywel before arriving in Usk via Maryport Street, before a right turn into Church Street. It leaves Usk along the B4598, Porthycarne Street, through Chain Bridge and Nantyderry before re-joining the 2015 route on the A4042 south of Llanover.


From there the course then follows the same route as in 2015 and riders will once again take on the very same 140km as some of the world’s best pro teams in the UCI classified 1.1 professional road race.

Starting in Cardiff city centre, it takes riders out of the capital via the docks and along a 7.5km stretch along the coast road through the Gwent Levels.

Passing through the villages of Peterstone and St Brides, cyclists will reach Newport taking in stunning views over the River Usk and local landmarks such as the Transporter Bridge.

Leaving the city centre via Langstone towards Caerleon, cyclists will pass

A Newport based charity is looking for more partners and further donations to build on £67,000 worth of charitable work provided last year.

Raven House Trust, based in Cromwell Road in Newport, has been helping local people with food and furniture for over 21 years. The charity works with various bodies and organisations including Newport City Council. It provides food to people at locations that are convenient to them including Stow Park Church, Bettws Foodbank and Caldicot Foodbank which are all part of its distribution network.



Newport City Council’s cabinet member for Education and Young People, Councillor Debbie Wilcox, is delighted to see so many schools awarded a green status from the national categorisation system, as applied by Welsh Government.

Categorisation is a method of assessing the support needs of a school for it to continually self-improve and attain high standards. A green school needs little support, a red school requires considerable external support.

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St Joseph’s RC Secondary School is the only secondary in the region to be awarded green and Newport has the highest percentage – 50 per cent – of green primary schools across the region – almost twice the regional average. Newport has no red primary schools.

Councillor Wilcox said: “ All Newport primary and secondary schools are on a continuous school improvement journey. The local authority has approved each school’s categorisation and will provide additional, tailored support to those which require it.

the old steelworks and climb 1.6km to enjoy spectacular views of the Celtic Manor and surrounding area.

After the new changes detailed above, the route then goes up to Abergavenny on the A4042 heading up to Llanfoist for The Tumble climb, a famously challenging 6km stretch of road with an average gradient of 9 per cent.

After tackling The Tumble, riders will begin their journey back towards Cardiff, through the Unesco World Heritage Site at Blaenavon then to Pontypool, Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed and on to Caerphilly – past the castle and up the famous Caerphilly Mountain – before finishing in front of thousands of spectators in Cardiff city centre.

In 2015 Raven House Trust saw food and furniture to the value of £67,000 given out throughout Gwent and beyond. In Newport, many primary schools donated food, and it received much needed help from the pupils of St Andrew’s Primary School and St Julian’s High School, who assisted in the preparation of food parcels for the homeless. It would like to see more local volunteers helping with this work, and just a few hours spared can make this task more efficient for all concerned.

The charity is always in need of good quality furniture to pass on to local families and individuals in need,

Secondary schools in a red category will receive the highest level of support.

“ The national categorisation system is a nationally defined process which is moderated across Wales and has been introduced by Welsh Government to drive school improvement using performance data.

“ The information provides the basis for tailoring support to individual schools. We work with all schools in Newport to ensure that good practice is spread across primary and secondary schools and that result standards are raised and we will continue to do so.

Residents and businesses who will be affected by the road closures associated with the event will start to receive letters with information about the event this month.

Velothon Wales is one of the latest events in the UCI Velothon Majors. The UCI Velothon Majors are a global series of cycling events which take place in iconic cities including Berlin, Stockholm and Stuttgart. Velothon Wales attracted over 12,000 participants in 2015, making it the second biggest sportive in the UK and one of the world’s top 10 biggest cycling events.

For more information see VelothonWales Instagram search VelothonWales

and wants to remind residents to think of Raven House Trust and contact them when they have unwanted items that still have years of good use left in them.

For those who need the charity’s help with furniture, items are provided free of charge with just a delivery fee of £30 to help with the running costs of the delivery van.

Personal visitors are welcome at the shop 276 - 278 Cromwell Road, from 9am to 3pm, Monday to Thursday. Alternatively you can call 01633 762999 or email:

“ The categorisation system is a rigorous process and it identifies that there is continued work to do in the city to raise standards but it must be stressed that there is plenty of good practice happening in Newport’s schools.

“ As a council we believe firmly in ensuring that all children are provided with the opportunity to maximise their attainment and achievement. It will continue to challenge and support head teachers and governing bodies to ensure this aim is achieved.”

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