For the first time ever this September, the modern Aviva Tour of Britain will begin on an island, as Wales hosts the Grand Depart for the first time, from Anglesey.

To build up to the Stage One Start in Beaumaris on Sunday 6 September, Anglesey Council have created the Ride Anglesey festival of cycling events to help promote the sport in the area and get people in the mood.

First up is the Tour de Mon, the Anglesey sportive, which takes place on Sunday 23 August. Last year the ride saw more than 1,500 people take to the roads of the stunning, little island with this year set to be even bigger and better.

Three routes over 40, 75 or 103 miles are available to challenge riders of all levels. The area is incredibly popular with local cycling enthusiasts who get to experience some of the most beautiful coastline in the whole of the UK!

A week later on Sunday 30 September there is something for the whole family at the Taith de Teulu Family Ride. 

The 4.7 mile route passes through the striking town of Amlwch and is completely free for all riders including entertainment throughout the day. However places are limited to 250 participants so make sure you act quickly to avoid disappointment. 

Finally, on the eve of the Grand Depart the festival will offer riders the fantastic opportunity to ‘Ride the Tour’ as they take in much of the same route on the island that the world’s best cyclists will be riding just a day later. The event will feature full route marking, feed stations, pre-race bike checks, mechanical support and electronic chip timing to give you the full rider experience.

Alongside this there will be live cycle stunt displays from the incredible Savage Skills team, great music and lots of family fun as the party well and truly gets underway to welcome the Aviva Tour of Britain.

For more information or to register for all of these events you can visit the Ride Anglesey website or download the festival poster.