The last weekend of March 2014 saw the brand new Downhill Mountain Biking centre, Antur Stiniog host the first round of the British Downhill Series. They played host to some of the greatest names of Downhill Mountain Biking, such as the recently crowned World champion, Manon Carpenter who is also Welsh. Antur Stiniog has proved to rake in earnings for Blaenau Ffestiniog and the outlying areas.
Access All Eirias saw big names such as Tom Jones and Jessie J come to Eirias in Colwyn bay. Tom Jones’s appearance made it his first time singing in North Wales, which proved a big thing for many who came to watch. It was a resounding success in terms of numbers and popularity.
Wales Rally GB came through North Wales, which saw the fastest rally drivers in the world pass through on multiple stages. This included the infamous Great Orme Stage and the mud bath of the Penmachno Stage. Many people made their way up hills in the wind and rain to see the big names such as, Sébastien Loeb and Jari-Matti Latvala, battle it out to win The World Rally Championship.
2014 saw the Tour Of Britain come through again, which saw the big names of road cycling such as, Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish to name a few. Competing alongside the other 154 competitors, the race came through North Wales on stage 02 of the competition. At this point riders rode from Knowsley to Llandudno, where many locals lined the streets, watching them cycle through their town with many schools supporting the riders.
December of 2014 saw a rather odd occurrence for North Wales, as a 10-ft long Mako Shark washed up on a Barmouth beach 7000 miles away from where it originates. This is quite a large shark and is unusual to see on a Welsh beach. A large crowd gathered around the shark, as people took pictures and stood in awe at the size of this deadly animal.
In July, Wakestock saw its annual flurry of visitors as the Wakestock festival came to town. Thousands of festival ‘goers’ went to the three day festival. Originally based around wake-boarding, the festival quickly grew into one of the great music festivals such as Glastonbury and Download festival. With even more expected to visit in 2015 it’s going to be an even bigger festival than before.
In 2014, a young rock band from Llandudno called Catfish and the Bottlemen signed a recording contract with Island Records in March. Since then all of their singles have been Radio 1 DJ, Zayne Lowe’s Hottest Record in the World. To top it off their single, Kathleen ranked Number One on MTV’s Hottest Tracks back in April. Undoubtedly, 2014 has been an outstanding year for the new rock group and we’re sure 2015 is going to be even bigger!
Gareth Bale has gone from strength to strength at his new club, Real Madrid after an £80 Million record breaking deal in September 2013. He has scored 22 goals in the La Liga in 2014 alone. Bale is proving to be a world superstar of football.
Wales are celebrating they’re most successful Commonwealth game ever, after the team came home with a grand total of 36 medals; 5 Golds, 11 Silver and 20 Bronze medals. They achieved medals in common events such as, Cycling and Judo, but also in events as diverse as the dramatic Individual Ribbon Final and the Individual Ball Final.
The World Alternative games were held in Llanwrtyd Wells in 2014. The competition is renowned for its strange and wacky events such as, Marsh Snorkeling and Wife-carrying competitions. In total, there were 60 events hosted over the two week period. In addition, events such as Rock, Paper, Scissors were arranged for the youngsters to join in. To complete the overall event, odd competitions such as the World Underwater Hockey Championships.