Tameside is gearing up to welcome the Tour of Britain on Saturday 14 September.
Britain’s premier cycling race will pass through Gee Cross, Hattersley, Mottram, Stalybridge and Mossley at around midday as the riders complete the final stage of the 2019 edition.
The Tour will be broadcast live on ITV4 and is a great opportunity to showcase the borough and share in a community celebration while also highlighting the benefits of cycling.
Schools, businesses, community groups and residents are encouraged to get involved by dressing and lining the route.
Ideas include painting bicycles in one or all three of the Tour of Britain colours – red, white and blue – and displaying or mounting in front of shops and front gardens. Or people can create floral displays and put up bunting. Email firstname.lastname@example.org tweet @tamesideCouncil with photos of your displays and they will shared on social media.
Spectators are very welcome on the day, with people encouraged to line the route to cheer on the riders and wave to the TV cameras.
The Tour of Britain event will be followed the next day (Sunday 15 September) with Tameside Bicycle Festival in Armentieres Square in Stalybridge from 11am to 3pm, which will be full of exciting activities for all the family.
For safety reasons, roadside parking along the Tour of Britain route will be suspended from 8am on Saturday 14 September. Roadside parking will be reinstated as soon as the race has passed through the area.
There will be temporary rolling road closures along the route on Saturday 14 September to allow the race to pass through. Roads are expected to be closed for no longer than 20 minutes. Motorists are asked to please avoid the area while the race passes through. If you are travelling to watch the race, we advise you to arrive at your chosen vantage point in good time before the race passes through.
For further information see www.tameside.gov.uk/tourofbritain
You can find more about the race route and other useful information on the Tour of Britain website: https://www.tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/stage-eight/
Find out more about cycling in Tameside: https://www.tameside.gov.uk/cycling