Move over Wiggins and Cavendish

Move over Wiggins and Cavendish

A group of 12 lucky youngsters from Sandbach have been the first to test part of the race route for the Tour of Britain in Cheshire.

The youngsters were attending the Bikeability scheme in Sandbach and were enlisted by Cheshire East council bosses and race organisers to give a small section of the course a test trial ahead of the big day. The feedback has been really positive.

One of the youngsters who took part, five-year-old Faye McNair, said: “I love bikes – riding here was awesome.”

Another, six-year-old Toby Wilson, added: “It’s really exciting that all these famous fast bike riders are coming to here to race next week.”

Bikeability is a National Standard for Cycle Training course and Road Safety Education programme for children and young people.

It covers basic cycle control skills, the use of safety equipment, road safety knowledge and cycling manoeuvres, with a view to trainees having the skills and confidence to make their everyday journeys by bike.

Part of the training takes place on quiet roads to enable participants to apply their learning in a real environment.

The Tour of Britain is British cycling’s premier event and its arrival in Cheshire East on September 6, for the first time in its 71 year history, is much anticipated, with 154,000 spectators expected to line the route.

Riders will cycle 111 miles between Congleton and Tatton Park, setting off at 11am and finishing at around 3.30pm.

Councillor David Brown, Deputy Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “After months of preparation and anticipation, the big day is nearly here and final preparations are well under way.

“There are some big names expected for the race and lots of interest as a result, with up to 80 per cent of visitors set to be from outside the local area.

“We are very proud to be hosting a stage fully within Cheshire East and really pleased that our local communities are also getting involved, be it as volunteers or as these youngsters did, testing the track for themselves and getting a glimpse of what all the fuss is about – the feedback is great too!”

Sir Bradley Wiggins confirmed his participation in the Tour of Britain last week. Wiggins, who claimed his fifth Olympic gold medal at Rio and his eighth cycling medal overall, will race alongside fellow Olympic gold medallist Owain Doull and Jonathan Dibben under the Team Wiggins banner.

This follows the announcement that Britain’s record Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish will be taking part in the Tour of Britain alongside fellow top sprinter André Greipel and former UCI World Hour Record holder Rohan Dennis.

Also competing is Olympic gold medallist Elia Viviani. The Italian Team Sky rider will be joined on the Tour of Britain start line by another Rio medallist, Jack Bobridge of Trek Segafredo, who won silver in the team pursuit for Australia.

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