The OVO Energy Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event, giving cycling fans the opportunity to see the world’s best teams and riders competing on their doorstep and helping to build a great cycling nation.
The 2019 race begins in Glasgow on Saturday 7 September, finishing eight days later in Manchester city centre on Saturday 14 September. ITV4 will once again screen live free-to-air coverage of each stage, along with a nightly highlights programme of the best of the action.
Schools are encouraged to saddle up for Tour of Britain
Schools are being urged to gear up for a key role when the UK’s largest and most prestigious cycle race rolls through the region this year.
The OVO Energy Tour of Britain will return to the North East of England as the North of Tyne hosts the third stage of the race on Monday 9 September, covering 114 miles.
Schools from across Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland are being encouraged to get involved, book their perfect viewing spot, and cheer on the riders in the UK’s biggest free-to-attend cycle race.
120 cyclists plus an entourage of 120 vehicles will cycle past as part of the race, and organisers want to create a safe place for schoolchildren to stand on the road side, offering an unrestricted view to enjoy the race and support the cyclists.
SAFE PLACES TO STAND
It will be very exciting to see cyclists and vehicles thundering past as part of the race, and we hope that we have a big audience all the way along the route to cheer on the cyclists. They will complete a 200km route in Newcastle, having started in Berwick upon Tweed that morning.
We would love to see schools adopt a team that is participating in the Tour of Britain – getting to know who cycles for them, who their sponsors are, what other races they compete in and cheering them on as they pass the school/safe place to stand.
If schools register their interest in seeing the race we will ensure:
- We create you a safe place to stand on the road side, where you will have an unimpeded view of the race and you are safe from the large number of vehicles that will be part of the race. Where necessary we will provide barriers at the roadside for your school group
- We will provide you with a full race timetable to ensure that you know when you have to be in place ready for the race to come past
- If you want to travel to another place and need to look at minibus or coach parking we can assist you with ensuring this parking space is ready for you
For further information on schools opportunities, please visit the North of Tyne Tour of Britain website: www.northoftyne-tob.co.uk/schools-information and complete an online form by Friday 28 June.
By Monday 3 June – Education info pack is distributed to all schools that are on the race route
Friday 28 June – Deadline for responses from schools who wish to have ‘Safe places to stand’ and ‘Day with the Tour’ at the start or finish
From Monday 1 July – Culture Creative will respond to each school based on their request with details of each part of their programme and the timeline associated to each part.
A full press release from the communications team can be viewed here.