Facility at Gilwern will serve local sports, recreational and disabled riders plus schoolchildren

£150,000 of National Lottery funding has been secured for a closed-road cycling circuit near Abergavenny, Monmouthshire.

The 1.2 kilometre track will be built at the Gilwern Outdoor Education Centre a little to the west of the town, reports the South Wales Argus.

It will also be financed through match funding from Monmouthshire County Council, under the Sport Wales Calls for Action programme.

It is expected that more than 1,000 people will use the six-metre wide track each week, with the facility serving local schools and adult cyclists for training, racing and recreation as well as providing a venue for riders with disabilities.

Last weekend saw the Abergavenny Festival of Cycling, with New Zealander Mike Northey of Node 4 Giordana Racing following up his win in the Wales Open Criterium on Friday with victory in Premier Calendar race the Grand Prix of Wales on Sunday.

You can find details of those races and others on the Welsh Cycling website.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.