Thousands flock to Tour de Mon Cycling Festival

- Attendance doubles for cycling festival on Isle of Anglesey - Chance to ride a century with Olympic champion, Sir Chris Hoy - Our pick of September's best sportives

Four thousand people flocked to Newry Beach, on the Isle of Anglesey, over August 16 and 17 for the second edition of the Tour de Mon Cycling Festival. Organisers, Always Aim High Events said this was a 50% increase on last years inaugural event.

There were many activities over the weekend including an extreme mountain biking show, pedal powered cinema, live music and a sportive that rolled out on the Sunday.

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There were three routes available to ride around the island, with 1,400 riders taking to the saddle, battling against blustery conditions. Thankfully the wind was blowing perfectly to aid riders as they sprinted down the ‘flying mile’- the day’s competitive element on the runway at RAF Valley.

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Meanwhile last month, RideLondon came and went for another year. And while it can be the highlight of the sportive season for many riders; building up to and ticking off that century ride, this year hurricane Bertha had other ideas and the route was reduced to just 86 miles.

If you’re still looking to get a long ride in and maybe tick off that 100-miler before the night’s draw in, there are still plenty of rides on the calendar, including the chance to pedal alongside six-time Olympic champion Chris Hoy and an epic ride on the Isle of Man.

Here’s our pick of the best sportives you can ride over the next month:

Tearfund Lochaber 100

Saturday, September 6

With no timekeeping on this event you can take your time to enjoy the home baking at the feed stations and the views over the lochs. There’s billed to be a picnic atmosphere at the halfway point Strontian Lochside feed. You could end up consuming more calories than you burn!

HOY One Hundred Sportive

Sunday, September 7

The Olympic hero himself, Chris Hoy, will be clocking up 100 miles on this one. The climbs of Malham Cove, Park Rash and Fleet Moss, the highest road in Yorkshire, will all help to make up the 11,000ft of total climbing.  There’s also a 50 mile route for those who don’t fancy the century, but if you’re lucky enough to get in Sir’s slipstream, the miles will fly by.

Nelson’s Tour de Test Valley

Saturday,  September 20

Set up to raise funds for CALM, to help prevent male suicide, this ride heads out around Hampshire. You can do a bit for charity while getting those miles in.

Isle of Man CC 24 hr

Saturday, September 27

If a run-of-the-mill event just doesn’t do it for you then why not take on a 24 hour challenge? Set around the TT Mountain Course on the island it challenges riders to do as many laps as possible. You can tackle this solo or in teams of up to 12 people.