In less than 2 weeks, the British Cycling National Road Championships comes to Monmouthshire as part of Abergavenny’s Festival of Cycling. (23-29th June 2014)
Sir Bradley Wiggins, the first British man to win cycling’s most famous race, the Tour de France, will lead a star-studded field of men and women competitors as seven gold medalists from the 2012 London Olympic Games, a quadruple Paralympic gold medalist, three Tour de France riders plus many world and European champions head to this beautiful corner of Wales.
The field is, according to Championships organiser Bill Owen ‘arguably the biggest and best ever seen in the UK’, and Owen added ‘these final line-ups have confirmed that Monmouthshire really is a mecca for cycling on a national scale’.
For enthusiastic amateur riders who have entered cyclosportives on the continent, Gliffaes Hotel has been the base for a number of highly popular and successful Etape training camps this Spring and Summer.
Alternatively, if you would like a more relaxed style of cycling then maybe hiring one of our brand new FreeGo Hawk electrically assisted bikes is the way to go. I’m tempted to keep them a secret and not let the guests have access to them because they are just so much fun.
They are designed to offer a comfortable ride and are robust enough to power you up those hills that regularly greet you on country lanes. So there are no excuses – we can recommend bike routes according to your level of fitness and the time you have available, and supply you with a packed lunch to keep the human batteries charged.
Just to plug the suppliers, we got them from Bikes and Hike in Brecon.
We are still unsure as to when we can re-open. I think it will be around the 24th May.
Gliffaes will not be open for outdoor dining only – I am afraid the numbers don’t stack up for us.
Mark Drakeford, The Welsh First Minister has given no definitive date for the opening of indoor hospitality in Wales.
This matter is further confused by the local elections on the 6th May. If Labour is returned to power he tells us that he will be minded to consider the opening of indoor hospitality on the 17th May and I guess he will give us about a week’s notice taking us to the 24th May.
Online booking is available and reception will be staffed from 9am to midday from Monday to Saturday, so please do call us.
Thank you for all your support and we hope to see you in May and beyond.
James & Susie Suter and all the team at Gliffaes.