Town saddles up for cycling tour

Launch of Britain National Cycle ride promotional shot at Blyth Beach Huts .
Launch of Britain National Cycle ride promotional shot at Blyth Beach Huts .

Blyth will be a hub of cycling activity when the 225km stage 4 of the Aviva Tour of Britain race comes to Northumberland next month.

Twenty of the world’s best cycling teams are doing battle across the county for two days in September with an exciting race finish taking place in Blyth on Wednesday, September 9.

Northumberland County Council has worked with sponsors Northumbrian Water and race organisers SweetSpot to bring the race to the county.

The day’s highlights in Blyth include a closed road 6.5km recreational ride from Seaton Delaval Hall to Blyth with schools allowed to ride the stage route before the professional riders arrive.

Participants will be able to cycle to the gantry at the finish line and there will also be a chance to have a go on Britain’s only street velodrome in Blyth Market Place.

Coun Val Tyler, cabinet member for arts, leisure and culture at Northumberland County Council, said: “There will be loads of activities on the Tour of Britain race day in Blyth with opportunities for cyclists of all abilities to have a go and ride the route when it is closed to traffic.

“It is going to be fabulous day in the town and the surrounding area and for local schools, and we want cyclists of all abilities to come along and get involved.”

The project organisers want to collect as many bikes as possible to be decorated in Northumbrian red and yellow. Bikes can be taken to any of the council’s household waste centres waste recycling sites.