GET yourself in gear. A day after the Tour of Britain hits town on Saturday, September 14, Stalybridge will be the venue for the first Tameside Bicycle Festival.
Everyone’s welcome, regardless of ability, and the council’s hoping the event will ignite a chain reaction and convince lots of people to get in the saddle and choose two wheels over four.
The festival takes place in Armentieres Square, Stalybridge, between 11am and 3pm on Sunday, September 15. Visitors can have a go at an obstacle course, see some wheel art, and get hints and tips from a panel of experts.
Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council’s executive member with responsibility for cycling, said: “I’m delighted and proud that my home town of Stalybridge will be at the heart of this wonderful weekend of cycling.
“It’ll provide some spectacular and challenging terrain for the Tour riders, and is the ideal venue for the festival.
“As an authority, Tameside is keen to promote and support cycling in all its forms. It’s a great way of getting and staying fit, and reducing our carbon emissions while having fun at the same time.”
The eighth and final stage of the prestigious Tour of Britain comes through Tameside on Saturday, September 14.
Riders should enter the borough from Stockport at about noon. After crossing Werneth Low they follow a route through Gee Cross, Hattersley, Mottram, Stalybridge and Mossley, heading into Saddleworth at roughly 12.40pm.
Residents, schools, businesses and community groups are encouraged to get involved by lining the streets and dressing the route.
More information is available at www.tourofbritain.co.uk
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