RECORD breaking adventurer Richard Parks has been named as the ambassador for a major cycling championship in Monmouthshire next week.

Mr Parks, a keen cyclist and former Wales rugby international, became the fastest British man to walk unsupported and unaided to the South Pole earlier this year. And he will serve as the official ambassador for the British Cycling National Road and Time Trial Championships that take place from Thursday to Sunday.

He also completed his 737 Challenge and climbed the highest peaks on all the world's continents, including Mount Everest, and stood on both Poles in seven months.

He will join cyclists from around the UK who will ride the Championship Sportive before stars like Sir Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish and Geraint Thomas set out to win the National Road Race Championships 2014.

Mr Parks said: "I'm excited to be involved in such an awesome event here in Wales and proud to be an ambassador for the National Road and Time Trial Championships. It's a privilege for me to help promote the beautiful countryside and attractions on our doorstep here in Monmouthshire, and, in a small way, help promote cycling along with all the associated health and wellbeing benefits."

He added: “It is incredible that there will be seven London Olympic Games gold medalists, several Tour de France riders and stage winners plus numerous World, European and National Champions all riding in Monmouthshire next week.

Monmouthshire council’s head of tourism, leisure and culture Ian Saunders said: "We have all stood back in awe and watched Richard's achievements over the last few years so it is amazing for us that he accepted our invitation to become an Ambassador of the National Championships.

"His record-breaking expeditions have needed many months of planning and training of which cycling plays a key role. I am sure he will enjoy a fantastic weekend of riding the Championship Sportive and also watching the stars of British cycling on Welsh roads."

Anyone who wants to ride at Bailey Park in Abergavenny as part of the Championship Sportive can find more information at