Cramlington to celebrate as the Tour of Britain speeds through town
July 3, 2019
Here’s a date for your diary – Monday 9th September 2019 – this is when the UK’s biggest and most prestigious cycle race will be passing through Cramlington and we are asking you to make the town a celebration of all things Northumbrian.
Cramlington Town Councillor Wayne Daley said “This is a fantastic opportunity to show the town at it’s very best and I invite all residents, businesses and schools to make it a day to remember. Help decorate the route, come and wave your flags and cheer on the cyclists – let’s show what a great place Cramlington is.”
If you are a business why not dress your shop window in the Northumberland colours or create a cycle themed display?
Schools are asked to pick a viewing spot and come along and cheer on the riders.
Why not join with others in your community and help to decorate the route red and yellow – the colours of the Northumberland flag?
Residents are also invited to take part in a colourful project to paint and display old or unwanted bicycles.
The county is hosting Stage Three of the prestigious Ovo Energy Tour of Britain on Monday 9 September which will see the world’s top riders and teams contesting a 182 kilometre route. The race will start in Berwick, passing along the Tweed Valley to Wooler before heading down the Northumberland coastline, through Morpeth, Bedlington and Cramlington and into North Tyneside and then culminating in a dramatic finish in Newcastle.
Northumberland County Council Leader Peter Jackson said: “This will be a fantastic spectacle and will showcase our wonderful communities, iconic landmarks and amazing landscapes to an international audience, while providing a multi-million pound boost to the local economy.
“ The race also gives residents and cycling fans the opportunity to see the world’s best riders competing right here on their doorstep. We have been working with schools, communities and businesses to get them involved in the day and I am sure the thousands of spectators lining the route will give the cyclists a heartfelt welcome.”
The 2019 race begins in Glasgow on Saturday 7 September, finishing eight days later in Manchester city centre on Saturday 14 September.
ITV4 will screen live coverage of each stage, along with a nightly highlights programme of the best of the action.
All the latest information on the race can be found at www.northoftyne-tob.co.uk
ROAD CLOSURES: There will be up to 90 minutes disruption around the route with some permanent road closures in place in some areas. Please visit www.northoftyne-tob.co.uk for more detail on each town.
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The Tour will be broadcast in over 166 countries, including live coverage on the ITV network, and will raise the profile of the county to an international audience.
Sporting memories: The last time the Tour of Britain was here was 2017, when it swept through the county creating a wave of excitement as some of the world’s top cyclists, including Mark Cavendish, cycled through our communities.
Residents and businesses dressed the route in the distinctive red and gold colours of the Northumberland flag and thousands of spectators lined the route to cheer on the cyclists and give them a fantastic welcome.