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Thousands Descend Upon Anglesey for the Tour de Mon Cycling Festival

by Nick Gregory

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Cycling is one of the fastest growing sports in Britain, and nowhere was this more prevalent than on the island of Anglesey this weekend. 

Sunday 17 August saw over 1,500 cyclists saddle up to tackle one of the 4 rides on offer: The Mawr (103 miles), Canol (75 miles) and Bach (40 miles) routes attracted the senior riders, while the free family ride - the Tour de Teulu - gave over 250 youngsters a chance to get in on the action.  

New for 2014, event organisers, Always Aim High Events extended their already popular sportive by adding a Cycling Festival to the weekend's line up. 

Smiles at the start of the Teulu (Image: Mel Parry Photography)

This festival, which included a half pipe, pedal powered cinema, National Cycling Museum, Mountain Bike Displays, live music, inspirational speeches featuring James Golding, cycling films and an array of other entertainment for the whole family to enjoy, was very well received. 

The festival took place on Saturday 16 August between 11am and 6pm, while the sportive itself took place on the Sunday. The event attracted approximately 4,000 people to Newry Beach, Holyhead over the course of the weekend - hugely benefiting the local economy. 

One of the main highlights of the sportive is the Kinetica Flying Mile - the only competitive section of the Tour de Mon which gives riders the chance to race against the clock for a perfectly straight mile on the runway at RAF Valley. 

The fastest male across the line was David Griffiths, who recorded an outstanding time of 1 minute 36 seconds; while the fastest female was Jasmine Bowyer who came home in 1 minute 43 seconds. Both winners received a selection of prizes kindly donated by event sponsor - Kinetica Sports Nutrition.  

Early risers waiting for the Tour de Mon Mawr (Image: Mel Parry Photography)

Always Aim High Events Director and Anglesey resident, Nigel Kendrick was overjoyed with the success of the event: "What a day! We thought that the event village would be busy because so many cyclists had signed up to the sportive, but we didn't expect it to be as buzzing as it was. The festival was a huge success that brought a whole new aspect to the event and we would like to thank the Ymweld a Mon Project and Anglesey County Council for all their support in helping us organise it." 

Kendrick continued: "As an Anglesey resident it's great to see so many people coming from afar and seeing how fantastic the island is. Finally, I would like to thank everyone involved in the event, from the feed station marshals, volunteers, the Always Aim High set-up staff and all of our partners who make this event one of the best in the whole of the UK. Special thanks go to our partners, Chain Reaction Cycles, Kinetica, Superfeet, Full of Beans, Jones o Gymru, Morrisons and Sports Tours International for their support in organising the event."

If the success of this year's even has inspired you to take part, then you can register your interest in the 2015 Tour de Mon here. Further info on the Tour de Mon and all of the Always Aim High Events line-up via

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