Dales gears up for British cycling’s premier road race

Tour of BritainDerbyshire Dales District Council wants to hear from local community groups, businesses and individuals that are gearing up to make the most of the Aviva Tour of Britain's visit on Friday 11 September.

British cycling's premier road event - and the UK's biggest professional cycle race - cruises into the Dales early in the afternoon of the 11th, and is expected to take in several villages and the towns of Bakewell and Matlock.

Local community groups, businesses, parish and town councils and individuals are being invited by the District Council to suggest ideas - including cycling themed events and shop window displays - to ensure the prestigious tour gets a massive welcome from the Derbyshire Dales.

An expression of interest form is available online and there's a small funding pot to help community initiatives.

A District Council spokesperson said:

"If you want to get your local community excited about this spectacular event then we want to hear from you. Simply tell us who you are and how you would like to be involved by completing our online registration form and we will contact you as soon as it hits our desk."

The District Council is currently working with Matlock Cycling Club, local schools and other partners to stage a celebration event in Matlock's town centre Hall Leys Park, which is set to overlook the tour route.

Stage 6 of the Tour starts in Stoke and finishes in Nottingham, with three 'King of the Mountains' sections - all in the Dales, starting in Hathersage. Grindleford, Stoney Middleton, Wardlow, Ashford in the Water, Bakewell, Pilsley and Chatsworth are all expected to get a great view of a race featuring some of the world's top riders taking part in the largest annual free-to-spectate live sporting event.

A second 'King of the Mountains' challenge will involve Beeley Moor, before the Tour dips down into Matlock, over Starkholmes and Cromford Hill, passing by Carsington Water and taking in Hulland Ward before moving on to Amber Valley and the eventual stage finish in Nottingham.

Confirmation of the route and approximate timings will be published soon on the Aviva Tour of Britain website.

The District Council's Community Development team can also be contacted for more information on 01629 761381.

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