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1000 miles of Cycle Network in Wales Opened at the Welsh National Eisteddfod

    Tuesday 2nd August 2005 saw Alun Pugh, Welsh Assembly Minister for Welsh Language, Culture, and Sport, officially launching the first 1,000 miles of the National Cycle Network in Wales at a ceremony at the Welsh National Eisteddfod. This year the Eisteddfod was held on the Faenol estate, Bangor.

    As a prelude to the launch Sustrans Cymru extended an invitation to its Rangers and CTC Cymru members to join the Minister on a short ride from Caernarfon castle to the Eisteddfod. This took the riders along Lon Menai (Route 8 NCN) which follows the southern bank of the Menai Strait to Faenol. Fifty riders took part, reflecting the warm fellowship which exists between Sustrans and CTC.

    Against a background of some financial uncertainty, the Eisteddfod next year will take place in Swansea. But beyond that the venue has yet to be decided. Liverpool is suggested for 2007, but a conservative lobby is opposed to this step which would take the Eisteddfod from its natural Welsh heartland.

    Sustrans Cymru and CTC Cymru wish the Welsh National Eisteddfod well with its difficult decisions ahead

Alun Pugh AM at home amongst his friends in cycling


North Hampshire CTC DA receiving a warm Welsh welcome


It was a thumbs up occasion!


What traffic warden could possibly resist?


Some of the 50 riders relishing the ride about to start


Route 5 NCN along the bank of the Menai Strait


PC Steve Nesfield, Pen y Groes, using the ride to test out a battery assisted bicycle for the North Wales Police.


A cause for pride. Alun Pugh AM, and Matt Price, National Director, Sustrans Cymru point the way.