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Sun Shines on Holyhead as Over 1,400 Cyclists Descend on Anglesey for Tour de Mon

by Holly Blades

Sunday 21st August saw cyclists from across the UK saddle up for the hugely popular Tour de Mon. Glorious sunshine, big crowds and breathtaking views greeted the cyclists as they took on one of the three routes, 107 miles (Mawr), 76 miles (Canol) and 42 miles (Bach).

An incredible 1,400 riders set off from 7am on an epic journey taking in some of the most iconic sights Anglesey has to offer. Cyclists on the Mawr route circumnavigated the island, taking in Amlwch, Moelfre, Beaumaris and even crossing the famous Menai Suspension Bridge onto the mainland before heading back to the finish line.


Setting off just after each distance were the Breeze cycling waves. These waves were organised by British Cycling to encourage more women to take up cycling, and were led by a 'Breeze Champion' rider.

Riders of all distances also took part in the famous 'Flying Mile' challenge. Traditionally taking place on the airfield at RAF Valley, 2016's incarnation took place instead at RAF Mona airfield. Riders were given the chance to challenge themselves against the clock at the airfield before continuing on their Anglesey adventure.

Taking place at the same time as the three adult distances was the Tour de Teulu. This free, 3.5 mile family ride, was jointly organised between Always Aim High Events and Holyhead Cycling Club. The event was well received, with children of all ages taking part with their adult riding partners.


A spokesperson from Always Aim High Events said: "We are absolutely delighted to see so many cyclists taking part in this spectacular cycle sportive, the event has been hugely well received by local residents and businesses alike."

"Thank you to everyone who took time out of the schedules to come and help marshall the event, and to everyone who came along to cheer on the cyclists at the event village at Newry beach, the atmosphere there was fantastic. And thanks of course, to all the cyclists who took part over the two days."

"We would like to thank Anglesey County Council and our partners; Pedal Cover, High5 Sports Nutrition, Superfeet, Jones o Gymru, and Kon-x for their support which has contributed hugely to the success of the cycle sportive."


Full ride times and photography links can be found at tourdemon.co.uk. For information on future Always Aim High Events, visit the website here.

If the Tour de Mon has inspired you to cycle the stunning island of Anglesey, then you can pre-register your interest for the 2017 Tour de Mon here.





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