Alsager town welcomes Tour of Britain with entertainment, competitions and much more
Proceedings on the day followed by entertainment and activities begin from 10.30am until approximately 12.30pm. The race will come through the town at approximately 11.30am, from the Congleton direction, along Lawton and Crewe Road. There will be a rolling road closure in place, so the road will be closed approximately 15 minutes prior to the cyclists coming through; once they have passed through, their entourage of vehicles will follow and this could take up to a further half an hour until the road reopens. For further information go to www.cheshiretourofbritain.co.uk
10.30am TOWN CRIER, John Parsons on the lawns outside the Alsager Civic.
followed by: RAISING OF THE FLAG (same location) by Yvonne McGregor MBE, Gold Medal winner in 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada. (10 to 15 mins)
Following this, on the lawns outside the Town Council Offices will be several showstoppers! We have:
10.45am TOWN HOUSE NURSERY children performing a short drama piece on the day; ‘We’re going on a Bike Ride!’ (10 mins) - Area outside Town Council Offices
10.55am ALSAGER'S VERY OWN STUDIO S DANCERS performing a specially choreographed Cheshire East Tour of Britain Dance routine (15 mins) - Area outside Town Council Offices
11.10am ALSAGER COMMUNITY CHOIR performing a specially commissioned piece of music (15 mins) - Area outside Town Council Offices
11.30am Cyclists come through Alsager (approx.)
COMMUNITY 3-MINUTE STATIC CYCLE SPRINT CHALLENGE this will be positioned at the First Sprint Point in the Stage 3 Race (exciting!) and will take place on the lawns outside the Town Council Offices. Anyone can take part in the challenge on the day (you just need to sign a disclaimer to say you are fit and well enough to take part) and there will be lots of prizes to be won; to include a family day pass to Tatton Park, a locally sourced food hamper, Everybody Sport & Recreation 7-day passes, a book by David Miller, a Cheshire East Tour of Britain t-shirt and giant fluffy bumble bee. Butters John Bee will be managing the race on the day, and the static cycles are on loan courtesy of Everybody Sport & Recreation.
Other stuff going on:
St Mary's Church are serving tea, coffee and cake on their church lawns (located on Crewe Road) and holding a treasure hunt.
Wesley Place Methodist Church are serving tea, coffee and biscuits from the glass atrium in front of the building.
Alsager Civic will be open to the public and tea/coffee and more will be on sale.
Alsager Library is holding a Tour of Britain Quiz for adults in the lead up to the race, so please pop into the library and pick up a quiz sheet now. This competition is open to existing and new library members (it’s free to join) and you could be in with a chance to win a copy of David Miller’s book ‘The Racer’. Alsager Library will also have Story Telling for children from 10am on the day.
Alsager Community Fire Station will have their fire engine on display at the Town Square and they will have some giveaways and bike safety for visitors.
We have an Exhibition of Penny Farthing and other Old Bikes (on loan) that will be on display at the Town Square.
We have a Street Artist (David Jewkes) painting 'the town orange' on the day, he will also be located at the Town Square.
We have a Balloon Twister, twisting orange balloons for visitors all around the town.
There will be Street Circus Performers, Baldini and Eve Elle (Circus in a Box). Baldini will be riding a bicycle on stilts and Eve will be providing some street entertainment.
Romazzino Restaurant are pulling out all the stops for the Tour of Britain and have created a special ToB cocktail, they will be open from 11am on the day and have an early bird menu, additional to this and available on the day are specials such as:
Special Tour of Britain Dishes
- Linguine alla Elia Viviani
- Pizza Team Froomaggio
- Mark Pastadish
- Risotto alla Wiggins
Special ToB Cocktails
- The Tour of Alsager' alcoholic cocktail (orange cocktail)
- Maglia Giallo - translates to 'yellow jersey' non-alcoholic cocktail (yellow cocktail)
Ladies Circle will be selling Tour of Britain themed cupcakes and biscuits. You will find them outside the Town Council Offices.
Also, keep an eye out for some promotional giveaways on the day; we have bang bang sticks available, courtesy of Matrix Fitness, children's Tour of Britain activity sheets and flags…. make sure you grab some and use them to support the cyclists as they pass by! Alsager Partnership will have a stand located outside the Town Council Offices.