A ‘wheelie’ exciting week planned for the Tour of Britain
Today, local Olympic and recent Commonwealth Games cyclist Liam Killeen launched a week of activities set to welcome the Tour of Britain through Malvern and Upton-upon-Severn on Wednesday, 10 September.
An exciting week of activities is emerging 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.
Liam commented "The Malvern area is a fantastic place for all forms of cycling and is hugely popular locally so welcoming the Tour of Britain is a great opportunity to highlight the sport, the area and the enjoyment of cycling. Malvern Hills District Council
have been working closely with a number of local groups and the range of events for the day of the Tour and the week itself looks amazing."
Along with Liam, fellow local mountain bike World Champion Tracy Moseley is supporting local cycle group, Malvern Cycle Sport, with the ‘Birchwood Bash' at Storridge on the 13 and 14 September. The event will commence on Saturday with a day of top class mountain bike skills coaching for 5-16 year olds with the opportunity for them to put those skills into practise with a race day for all ages on the Sunday. For more details and to register visit www.britishcycling.org.uk and search for ‘Birchwood'.
Tracy also makes an appearance on the ‘big screen' at Malvern Theatres on the Thursday (11 September) night in the new British docufilm ‘Bicycle' exploring the history of the bicycle in Britain.
Simon Smith, Economic Development Manager at MHDC said "We're thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase a sport that is very close to our hearts locally and to welcome the Tour through the two towns. The inclusion of a ‘King of the Mountains' climb through Great Malvern should be a great spectacle for all. We hope the weeks activities really do provide something for everyone to enjoy either as a novice or experienced cyclist or simply an interested spectator."
In addition, the WI Centenary baton will also be passing through on the same day. The baton is travelling the country stopping at various WIs to mark the charities 100th year. The baton will be passed over from Herefordshire to Worcestershire WI at British Camp on the 10th.
Sioban Ryan-Togni from Worcestershire Federation of Women's Institutes said "The WI are delighted that the baton handover and centenary celebrations of the WI are part of the Tour programme and hope that everyone will be out in force to support both events"