Schools urged to saddle up for Tour of Britain

Schools in Northumberland are being urged to gear up for a key role when the UK’s largest cycle race rolls through the region this year.

Friday, 7th June 2019, 9:46 am
Updated Thursday, 13th June 2019, 11:29 am
One of the Tour of Britain 2017 stages went through parts of Northumberland. Picture by Simon Williams.

The OVO Energy Tour of Britain will go through parts of the North of Tyne area in the third stage on Monday, September 9, covering 114 miles.

And schools across the county are being encouraged to get involved and book their perfect viewing spot.

Organisers want to create a safe place for pupils to stand on the roadside, offering an unrestricted view to enjoy the race and support the cyclists.

They will also have the opportunity to adopt a team, get to know who cycles for them, who their sponsors are, what other races they compete in and cheer them on as they pass.

Coun Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “It’s going to be a really exciting day for spectators as the cyclists race through the area.

“We want to take this opportunity to encourage schools to get excited about cycling so it would be great if the race inspires both young and old to get on their bikes and explore our beautiful county.”

Local authorities are also offering schools the opportunity to try out bespoke activities where possible beyond the race to support long-term cycling development.

For further information about the opportunities for schools, go to the website www.northoftyne-tob.co.uk/schools-information and complete an online form by Friday, June 28.