Friday, 19 September 2014

Tour of Britain: Stage 4 Worcester start

Stage 4 of the Tour of Britain race from Worcester to Bristol ran last Wednesday (10th September) and Push Bike! were there at the start at The Hive in Worcester. We had cycle route maps, advice leaflets, Tour of Britain programmes, and more, to help you to get out cycling in Worcestershire, be that a 10 minute cycle commute through town, a day ride with the kids, or training for the next Tour of Britain!

Push Bike! at the Tour of Britain

Push Bike!

Whilst we awaited the start, police motorcycles lined up along The Butts, and crowds gathered on the bridge over the road from The Hive.....

Tour of Britain Stage 4 start
Stage 4 start on The Butts, Worcester

Tour of Britain organisers were set up ready on the other side of the bridge.

Stage 4 Tour of Britain
Stage 4 start outside The Hive, Worcester

The Hive cafe were also getting into the spirit of the day with bicycle muffins and cakes....

Bicycle cakes (Photo courtesy Carol Copson)
Staff were also gearing up for the event...

Hive staff awaiting the Tour of Britain (Photo courtesy Carol Copson)

Go Bradley (photo courtesy Carol Copson)
Numerous stalls were set up outside for visitors...

Breeze Bike Rides, who also run Women on Wheels

Respoke Designs
And they're lining up.........

Stage 4 Tour of Britain 2014

Sebastian Lander
Sebastian Lander
See more photos on our Tour of Britain page.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Tour of Britain: Made in Worcestershire

You may have heard Bradley Wiggins and the Friends Life Tour of Britain cycle race will be coming to Worcestershire on 10th September. What you're probably not aware of is that one of the key people behind organising The Tour is local Bromsgrove resident, Mark Leyland.

For six years Mark worked for Worcestershire County Council promoting Sustainable Travel. In 2011 he set up his own business, Just Ride. His company offers cycle training and bike maintenance courses for individuals and companies. Just Ride also stage the popular ‘Dirt Run’ cyclo-cross, mountain biking, running and duathlon events at Top Barn, Hallow.

Mark Leyland
Mark Leyland
It was Mark’s involvement in helping to stage the Tour of Britain starts from Worcester in 2007 and 2008 that led Sweetspot, the Tour of Britain organisers, to ask him to work for them. Initially his contract was to stage the Tour Series of professional city centre cycle races including those held in Redditch for the past three years. He’s subsequently been handed responsibility for all stage starts for the Tour of Britain and the new Women’s Tour.

Mark and his team will be arriving outside The Hive at 4am on Wednesday 10th September to lay out the Cattle Market Car Park for the 20 teams involved in this year’s race, erect the stage start podium and put out the barriers on The Butts.

It’s a major logistical exercise that has already involved considerable pre-event planning with the four local councils, the Police and Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership. Mark is especially pleased to be helping bring the Tour back to his home patch. "It's fantastic for the county to be hosting Britain's biggest bike race once again, and I'm certain that the people of Worcestershire will line the route in their thousands"

Push Bike! has been doing its bit to support the Worcestershire stage. You can get your free copy of the local Tour of Britain programme and other information here on our blog on our Tour of Britain page. We’ll also have a stand at the start, so why not pop along and find out what we’re doing to “Get Worcestershire Cycling”.
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