Local Cycling Champions join the Queen's Baton Relay

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Welsh Cycling Volunteers including Newport Social Cycling Group Founder John Wheat, and Breeze Champion Mary Trenfield will join a host of local people who will be parading the Baton through Newport on the morning of Wednesday 6 September.

Mary was one of the first Breeze Champions to be trained in Wales in 2014 and now leads bike rides for women, inspiring them to get on their bikes at weekly rides around the city.

"I'm feeling honoured to be part of this event. If locals would like to come out and line the streets with cheers and happy faces, it would make it even more special for the city".

John Wheat, 50, is a qualified British Cycling Ride Leader and leads his group of more than 300 volunteers to support cycling events locally and across Wales.

Chief Executive Officer at Welsh Cycling, Anne Adams-King said "It's fantastic to see our volunteers selected to represent Cycling in Wales during the Baton Relay.

"We are so grateful for all of the work that they have done and continue to do, by inspiring, leading and encouraging people across the city to cycle and beyond.

"We look forward to cheering them on during the parade on Wednesday".

The Baton will visit a total of 71 nations and territories over a period of 388 days in the lead up to the Common Wealth Games, being welcomed in Newport on Wednesday 6 September.

John and Mary will join a team of local baton bearers who have been selected to carry the Baton on a special route through the city taking in along the way the Transporter Bridge, John Frost Square and the Newport Centre.

If you would like further information on the event, including road closures please click here