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MP who criticised cycling event beats Tube strike ... on a bike

Monmouth MP David Davies accused Velothon Wales organisers of lying back in 2015

A Tory MP who in 2015 accused the organisers of Velothon Wales of "telling lies" about the potential impact of the inaugural edition of the event on local businesses beat yesterday's Tube strike in London - by taking to two wheels on a Santander Cycles hire bike.

David Davies, who has been the Member of Parliament for Monmouth since 2005, tweeted a picture of himself after he had arrived at a docking station near Parliament Square, having ridden from Paddington Station in less than 20 minutes.

When one Twitter user questioned his environmental credentials - Davies has been accused in the past of being a climate change denier - the Conservative politician replied, "I love cycling."

That didn't appear to be the case in 2015 when he criticised the Velothon Wales mass participation event, however, expressing concerns about the impact of the event on local businesses and residents.

Davies - not to be confused with Minister for Brexit, David Davis - said at the time:  "The arrogance of this organisation – they're telling lies to people. They told me that all MPs support it, and that was a lie. They back-tracked when they found out that I was an MP.”

> Team Sky’s Luke Rowe expresses support for much-criticised Velothon Wales

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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