Cheshire Tour of Britain
On Tuesday 6th September Cheshire East welcomed the Tour of Britain and celebrated Ian Stannard’s win for Stage Three of the Tour.
Everybody Sport and Recreation held a number of events across Cheshire East to celebrate the tour including Start and Finish Line activities for the whole family and viewing parties for our members to join together and wave on the cyclists.
The event started in Congleton town centre where hundreds gathered together to cheer on the cyclists and see them set off on their 111.6mi tour around Cheshire East.
Everybody Sport and Recreation provided an activity area,inclusive cycling bikes, giveaways and cycling freebies at the start in Congleton.
The Barony Sports Complex, welcomed hundreds of people who turned out on the road side in Nantwich to watch the Tour of Britain. Everybody Sport and Recreation provided sport & play activities such as archery, bowling and boccia, arts & crafts such as poster/banner making and Everybody fitness activities. Over 30 children had a go at the sport & play activities and 15 young people try the bike fitness challenge.
Sandbach and Alsager Leisure Centre staff took to the town with their fitness bikes to complete our Tour of Britain cycle challenge, they also provided balloons and goody bags to decorate the town and cheer on the riders as they went past.
Holmes Chapel Community Centre set up a cycle challenge, where each person had 5 minutes to cycle as far as they could and be in with a chance of winning a bottle of Prosecco kindly donated by the George and Dragon pub and a tour of Robinson’s brewery. The event was a great afternoon spent engaging with the local community and customers about the benefits of the Community Centre and what facilities they have to offer.
Last but certainly not least was the finishing at Tatton Park, what a fantastic atmosphere it was! Thousands of people joined together to congratulate the cyclists on completing stage three of the Tour of Britain, especially to celebrate Ian Stannard for winning stage three of the event.
The Team Sky man, 29, pulled away from the other riders in the leading group with 40 kilometres to go. Stannard, who was part of a small breakaway soon after the start of the stage, said: “I train on these roads every day, since I was 18, so I really enjoyed it today and was giving it some down the descents.
“Cheshire East pulled out all the stops and got an amazing crowd out. Every town, every hill, there was massive crowds. It was great to see.” Read more here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/37289636
Everybody Leisure provided a range of activities at Tatton Park, such as making your own smoothies on our smoothie bike, making your own pictures on our paint bike and a 1KM cycle challenge which was extremely popular and extremely competitive. With the fastest 1KM time being completed in 1:02 minutes by Andy Heaton, a huge well done to you!
The Tour of Britain has been a fantastic event in Cheshire East, from the lead up to the event to the hype on the day, it really was enjoyed by Everybody.
Everybody Sport and Recreation would like to wish all cyclists the best of luck as they go on to complete the 8 stages of the Tour of Britain.
For more information on our Everybody facilities please visit www.everybody.org.uk
Tour of Britain Gallery