LOCAL cyclists know only too well the challenge presented by Werneth Low so it comes as no surprise it has been crowned as one of the celebrated ‘King of Mountain’ climbs in the Tour of Britain.
All eyes will be on the peak as well as other local landmarks when the cycle race, which will be broadcast live on ITV4, passes through Tameside on Saturday 14 September and it’s a great opportunity to showcase the borough.
Schools, businesses, community groups and residents are encouraged to get involved by dressing and lining the route, which will pass through Gee Cross, Hattersley, Mottram, Stalybridge, Millbrook and Mossley at around midday on the day of the final leg of the race.
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 email@example.com or tweet @tamesideCouncil with photos of your displays and they will shared on social media.
People are also encouraged to line the route on the day the cheer along the cyclists and wave to the TV cameras.
And the fun doesn’t end there - the Tour of Britain event will be followed the next day (Sunday 15 September) with Tameside Cycling Festival in Stalybridge, which will be full of exciting activities for all the family.
Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Leanne Feeley, who is responsible for culture, said: “As King of the Mountain, Werneth Low provides a spectacular and scenic entrance into Tameside for the Tour of Britain riders and we want all the community to join us in giving them a warm welcome by dressing the route and coming along to watch on the day.
“This is a brilliant opportunity to showcase your group or businesses while also helping to highlight Tameside on a global stage and promote cycling as an enjoyable, sustainable and healthy means of travel and leisure.
“It’s an extra exciting weekend for cycling, with us holding our Tameside Cycling Festival in Stalybridge the following day – we hope lots of people will feel inspired to come and join in the fun.”
For further information see www.tameside.gov.uk/tourofbritain
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