Paralympic champion backs bike network
WORLD and Paralympic champion Mark Colbourne MBE has praised plans to look at rolling out a cycle network Wales-wide.
The 43-year-old, from Tredegar, who retired during August, said he hoped the initiative would encourage even more people to take up the sport.
He said: "There is a lot of cycle to work success which I have seen out there from my experience of working with Tredz cycling shop.
"The facilities are there and it's very cheap to get involved in cycling.
"It does not cost a lot to cycle any more and it's a low impact exercise and it does not affect your joints like running will do.
"The biggest benefit to people in Wales is that there are a lot of cycling shops out there."
He added: "There is a Tredz in Cross Hands, Swansea and Cardiff.
"People can buy mountain bikes and hybrids and there is no excuses anymore for people not to cycle."
Mr Colbourne, who opened the Cross Hands Tredz store in Leekes last month, said by having a network of safer cycling routes people would be able to get their exercise away from busy main roads.
He said: "I am quite sure it will give people the opportunity to cycle safely rather than on the road with thousands of cars every day.
"People can get out there and open their lungs and get their heart rate going by going cycling. They can cycle to work and cycle to the shops."
Mr Colbourne said the Dutch had benefited from being a cycling nation and he hoped the Welsh Government scheme would encourage people across the country to follow suit.
"When you go to places like Holland there is a high percentage of the country cycling everywhere and they have the facilities there," he said.
"I know it's very flat there but the people in Holland are very very healthy people."
During his sporting career Mr Colbourne won a number of titles, including a gold in the Parcycling World Track Championships last year and a silver in the Paracycling World Road Championships during 2011.