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Malvern and Upton ready to welcome the Tour of Britain

An exciting week of activities is set to start on Monday, 8 September with family bike rides, the Church Street Hill Climb, vintage cycle display, Elgar vintage bike ride, cycle extravaganza street entertainment, bike skills demos, cinema screening, have a go road time trial and road rides and a proper party atmosphere as the Tour of Britain makes its way through the two towns. 

But the main event is on Wednesday, 10 September when stage four makes its way from Worcester to Bristol and activities in Malvern and Upton will be in full swing. Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish have both recently announced they intend to participate in the tour and will be part of the teams tackling the ‘King of the Mountains' climb coming straight through Great Malvern. For those who want to take on the Church Street element of the climb just bring along your bike, helmet and sign up on the day. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest in category.

Wednesday 10th Sept – Tour of Britain Day!

  • 9 and 11.30am  - Sevale Church Street Hill Climb – uphill cycling time trial
  • 9 -2pm - Vintage Cycle display, Abbey Road  www.cyclemuseum.org.uk
  • 10 -12noon - Chase Brass Band, Belle Vue Island
  • 9 - 2pm - British Cycling /Malvern Cycle Sport - Watt Bikes, Abbey Road, www.wattbike.com/uk/wattbike
  • 9 – 2pm - Malvern Cycle Sport MTB Skills Demonstration, Rosebank Gardens
  • 9 – 2pm - West Mercia Police cycle security marking and Cycle stalls, Abbey Road
  • 10 – 2pm - Mr Doo 'Cycle extravaganza' street entertainment, Great Malvern, www.solocircus.co.uk/eccentric-cycles
  • 9am onwards - Healthy 'Tour Breakfasts' at Malvern Cycles Café, Malvern Link
  • 9.30 – 1.30 - live Tour TV coverage from midday on big screen at Cafe H2O at Wyche Cutting
  • 11am onwards - Upton Tour Welcome with Upton Youth Band, Trader Competition, street dressing and more
  • 12.30pm  - WI Anniversary Event - Handover of WI centenary baton at British Camp

Simon Smith, Economic Development Manager at MHDC said "Allegedly Bradley Wiggins has not competed in the recent La Vuelta - Tour of Spain as he was saving his strength for the Church Street climb!"

We can't wait to see residents and businesses lining the streets ready to welcome the Tour of Britain as it passes through the district. This is a real opportunity to promote the area and even if you're not already an avid cyclist it really isn't to be missed as there is a great programme of activities on Tour day itself and throughout the week.

Spectators and visitors to the area can also benefit from all day parking for just £1 on 10 September, a discount of £2 in the Councils long stay car parks.

The full programme of events in the district is available at http://www.visitthemalverns.org/tour_of_britain and everyone is welcome to get involved in this historic sporting event.

 

The Tour of Britain

Re-launched by SweetSpot Group in 2004 after a five year absence from the calendar, the Tour of Britain is now the UK's biggest professional cycle race and the country's largest free-to-watch sporting event.

Upgraded to 2.HC level by the UCI, the sport's governing body, for 2014, the Tour of Britain attracts the world's top cyclists, including Olympic and World Champions and Tour de France stage winners,  to compete on British roads each September.

The Tour of Britain 2014 – Stages

Stage One                   Sunday 7 September                          Liverpool

Stage Two                   Monday 8 September                          Knowsley to Llandudno

Stage Three                Tuesday 9 September                        Newtown to the Tumble

Stage Four                 Wednesday 10 September              Worcester to Bristol

Stage Five                   Thursday 11 September                     Exmouth to Exeter

Stage Six                     Friday 12 September                          Bath to Hemel Hempstead

Stage Seven               Saturday 13 September                      Camberley to Brighton

Stage Eight a              Sunday 14 September                        London individual time trial

Stage Eight b              Sunday 14 September                        London circuit race, presented

For details of The Tour of Britain, go to www.thetour.co.uk

You can follow The Tour of Britain on Twitter, via www.twitter.com/tourofbritain

The Tour is being brought to Worcestershire by Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership with the support of Worcestershire County Council, Worcester City Council, Malvern Hills District Council, Wychavon District Council and Destination Worcestershire.   Thanks to the Sanctuary Group and Heart of Worcestershire College.