UPDATE: The dates in this article are yet to be confirmed. On 12 September...
UPDATE: The dates in this article are yet to be confirmed.
12 September this year the Tour of Britain will be returning to the city of Stoke-on-Trent for the third year in succession.
The Tour is the biggest FREE sporting event in the UK and it is great news that we have managed to secure it for another year. Not only does the event present people with the opportunity to see WORLD CLASS sportsmen racing on our streets, the Tour also provides fantastic economic and social benefits.
I have been working hard with Tour route organisers in recent weeks to make sure that we can have a bigger and better event this year that embraces the 100th anniversary of Stoke-on-Trent.
With that in mind we have created a route that will pass through each of our six towns, starting in Burslem and finishing outside Hanley Town Hall in the city centre. The event is also on a Sunday this year which gives everyone a great chance to take part in the fun.
The event will see up to 100 riders racing a route of 100 miles that starts and finishes in the city and takes in some of Staffordshire’s fantastic countryside. Olympic Gold medallists like Bradley Wiggins will be on view and the race will be on ITV for ONE HOUR. Each of the six towns will also be featured on the TV highlights – which is brilliant news for us in our centenary year.
We will be organising competitions closer to the date that will give youngsters from each town a chance to lead out the race and will be working with schools to get professional riders into classrooms to talk to children about the sport and show off their gold medals.
The day gives each town and neighbourhood the chance to bring communities together and have their own celebration Tour of Britain party and enjoy a once in a lifetime occasion.