Gala Evening - National Library

Thursday 26th May - 6.30pm


A gala evening at the National Library of Wales on Thursday 26th May to celebrate the start of festival weekend through film and live interviews with a cycling celebrity.

Presented by Sportsbooker :

'Racing is Life - The Beryl Burton Story' (2012 - 60 mins)

A documentary profile of Britain's most successful female cyclist. Friends, family and colleagues pay tribute to the Yorkshire housewife who won more than 90 domestic championships and seven world titles, and set a women's record for the 12-hour time-trial which exceeded the men's record for two years. Narrated by Phil Liggett.. 

'Milk Race - Aberystwyth' (1960-1980 - 10 mins)

From the HTV archive at the National Library of Wales television and film department, this newsreel footage covers the famous Milk Race visiting Aberystwyth over some two decades. The Round the Houses criterium, the forerunner to the modern day Tour Series race is also shown, with footage from 1966-1980.

Milk Race: On and On

(2015 - 7 mins) Dir: Steven Green

Twice winner of the Milk Race and British cycling legend Les West swaps anecdotes with team mate Roger Pratt about competing in the Tour of Britain in the late 1960s.

Over a montage of contemporary footage they discuss facing exhaustion and fierce rivals during the two week long 1,500 mile stage race. Many of the foreign riders they competed against were professional in all but name, whereas Les and Roger had to return to their regular jobs the day after finishing the race.

The film features colour 16mm footage of the mountainous Aberystwyth to Cardiff stage of the 1966 race.

Q&A with special guest 

Ask your questions, both about the nights feature film and any other cycling matters to our very special guest to be announced soon.

Drwm Theatre, National Library of Wales, Penglais Road, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 3BU.

Tickets are free of charge and are available from the National LIbrary box office here.

Doors open - 6.30pm, Thursday 26th May

Reception in the atrium with refreshments courtesy of  Baravin Aberystwyth.

7.00pm - Welcome to guests and sponsors

7.10pm - Highlights of the 2015 Pearl Izumi Tour Series, a short film from Continental Tyres.

7.20pm - The Milk Race in Aberystwyth, from the HTV Wales film archive.

7.30pm - Racing is Life - The Beryl Burton story

8.30pm - Q&A session with our special guest (TBC)

9.00pm - Finish

working in partnership with:
Ceredigion County Council Discover Ceredigion Cambrian Tyres Ystwyth Cycling Club Aberystwyth University
kindly supported by:
Aberystwyth Town Council Welsh Government Ceredigion_Actif 5x60 Starbucks
Llanllyr Abba Loos Huw Fairclough Secret Training