LOCAL cyclists know only too well the challenge presented by Werneth Low so it comes as no surprise it has been crowned as one of the celebrated ‘King of Mountains’ climbs in the Tour of Britain.
All eyes will be on the peak as well as other local landmarks when the cycle race, which will be broadcast live on ITV4, passes through Tameside on Saturday, September 14 and it is a great opportunity to showcase the borough.
Schools, businesses, community groups and residents are encouraged to get involved by dressing and lining the route, which will pass through Gee Cross, Hattersley, Mottram, Stalybridge, Millbrook and Mossley at around midday on the day of the final leg of the race.
Ideas include painting bicycles in one or all three of the Tour of Britain colours – red, white and blue – and displaying or mounting in front of shops and front gardens. Or people can create floral displays and put up bunting. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @tamesideCouncil with photos of your displays and they will be shared on social media.
People are also encouraged to line the route on the day the cheer along the cyclists and wave to the television cameras.
And the fun does not end there – the Tour of Britain event will be followed the next day (Sunday September 15) with the Tameside Cycling Festival in Stalybridge, which will be full of exciting activities for all the family.
Tameside Council executive member Cllr Leanne Feeley, who is responsible for culture, said: “As King of the Mountains, Werneth Low provides a spectacular and scenic entrance into Tameside for the Tour of Britain riders and we want all the community to join us in giving them a warm welcome by dressing the route and coming along to watch on the day.
“This is a brilliant opportunity to showcase your group or business while also helping to highlight Tameside on a global stage and promote cycling as an enjoyable, sustainable and healthy means of travel and leisure.
“It’s an extra exciting weekend for cycling, with us holding our Tameside Cycling Festival in Stalybridge the following day – we hope lots of people will feel inspired to come and join in the fun.”
The Tour of Britain will pass through Tameside from about midday on Saturday, September 14.
The race is due to reach the Queens’s Triangle at Werneth Low Road at around 12.10pm, Stalybridge at 12.20pm, Millbrook village at 12.28pm and leave Tameside via Greenfield at 12.35pm (all times are approximate).
Practical and safety information
For safety reasons, roadside parking along the route will be suspended from 10pm on Friday, September 13. Roadside parking will be reinstated as soon as the race has passed through the area.
There will be temporary rolling road closures along the route on Saturday, September 14 to allow the race to pass through. Roads are expected to be closed for no longer than 20 minutes.
Motorists are asked to avoid the area while the race passes through. If you are travelling to watch the race, it is advised to arrive at your chosen vantage point in good time before the race enters the borough.
You can find more about the race route and other useful information online: www.tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/stage-eight/
Find out more about cycling in Tameside: www.tameside.gov.uk/cycling