Cycling's elite heading to Derbyshire for Tour of Britain
Posted: Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:30
The Tour of Britain is wheeling into the county this summer and Derbyshire County Council has welcomed the boost it will give to the local economy.
Some of the world's top cyclists will be heading to Derbyshire for stage six of Britain's premier road cycling event on Friday September 11.
Starting in Stoke-on-Trent and finishing in Nottingham the toughest stage of the entire tour will pass through Buxton, Whaley Bridge, Chatsworth, Matlock, Carsington, Belper and parts of Erewash. The exact route of the 117m leg is subject to final confirmation from the county council.
"We're really pleased to welcome the Tour of Britain to Derbyshire with the route showing off our scenic countryside," said Derbyshire County Council Deputy Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure Councillor John Owen.
"The tour will bring a boost to local businesses with visitors staying over in the county to make the most of our food and drink and tourist attractions.
"We recently hosted the Tour de France and are hosting L'EROICA for the second time this year and we are keen to not waste this opportunity to build on the county's rich cycling heritage.
"Events like this really showcase what a great county Derbyshire is and we're working hard behind the scenes to make sure we host other premium cycling events.
"The Tour will encourage more people to get out cycling into Derbyshire and maybe the next generation's Sir Bradley Wiggins could be a local."
The Tour of Britain passed through Derbyshire in 2012 but this will be first time the county has featured heavily in what could be a key leg in shaping the overall race.
County Sports Partnership Derbyshire Sport is looking forward to welcoming the Tour and Director Hayley Lever said: "This is fantastic news for Derbyshire! We should all celebrate the Tour of Britain coming through our county.
"It's the perfect opportunity for schools and clubs to hold cycling events. We'd also encourage people to watch the race go through as it's on the doorstep for so many people.
"We hope it will motivate people to get out on their bikes and enjoy some -or all - of the route this summer. Why not sign up to a 'Breeze' women-only ride, the 'Grindleford Goat', John 'Tommo' Thomson Memorial Ride or the Cycle Derby Sportive?"
Last year the race was won by Dutchman Dylan van Baarle, finishing ahead of Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski and Britain's defending champion Wiggins.
The 2014 edition also featured Manxman sprinter and former Tour de France green jersey winner Mark Cavendish.