Buxton counting down to arrival of Tour of Britain cycle race

Buxton Town Team wants residents to dig out their old bikes so they can be decorated ahead of the arrival of the Tour of Britian in Buxton. Photo contributed.
Buxton Town Team wants residents to dig out their old bikes so they can be decorated ahead of the arrival of the Tour of Britian in Buxton. Photo contributed.

Buxton’s residents are being urged to recycle their old cycles to help celebrate The Tour of Britain’s arrival next month.

Large crowds are expected to turn out to catch a glimpse of star names from the world of cycling as they compete in the 189-kilometre stage six of the televised cycle race on Friday September 11.

Buxton Town Team wants residents to dig out their old bikes so they can be decorated ahead of the arrival of the Tour of Britian in Buxton. Photo contributed.

Buxton Town Team wants residents to dig out their old bikes so they can be decorated ahead of the arrival of the Tour of Britian in Buxton. Photo contributed.

Starting in Stoke-on-Trent and finishing in Nottingham, the toughest stage of the entire tour will pass through the High Peak and Hope Valley, visiting Buxton, Whaley Bridge, Buxworth and Chinley, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Castleton, Hope, Grindleford, Chatsworth, Ashford-in-the-Water and Bakewell.

Buxton Town Team is gearing up to decorate the route through Buxton with scrapped bikes, painted in the race colours of red and yellow for the occasion as a display of support for the major event.

“We want scrap bikes that people can’t ride any more so that we can decorate them for the Tour of Britain,” said Town Team spokesperson Tina Heathcote, who asked people to position their old bikes prominently – anywhere as long as it’s safe and legal.

And the decorated bikes will get another outing next year when the Town Team use them as a theme for the 2016 Buxton in Bloom contest.

“We are delighted that arrangements have been made to make the race go through the heart of the town and not just around it as originally planned. This gives the town a real chance to show ourselves off to prospective visitors,” said Tina.

The Tour is expected to pass through Buxton between 11.15am and noon on September 11, during which rolling road closures will be in force to clear the way for the riders and the accompanying support vehicles.

Arriving in Buxton via the A53 and A54, the route will take the riders along Macclesfield Road, West Road, High Street and the Market Place for the stage’s first sprint finish, then onto Terrace Road, The Crescent, Water Street, and the A5004 Manchester Road towards the Goyt Valley.

Buxton’s businesses are also being encouraged to get involved by decorating their premises for the big day. To support the Town Team’s effort, Alison and Richard at party shop Celebration, on Terrace Road, are kindly offering a ten per cent discount on bunting and street decorations to businesses.

If you have any spare scrap bikes which you can donate, email Buxton Town Team at townteam@buxtontownteam.org or call 01298 24219.