The countdown is on to the UK’s biggest professional cycle race with only a month to go until the start of the Friends Life Tour of Britain.
Knowsley will host the Stage Two start of the event on Monday 8 September. Over one hundred of the world’s top cyclists will depart from Knowsley Safari and travel through parts of the borough before continuing to Llandudno.
The race starts from Knowsley Safari at 10.15am with the last entry to the park at 9.45am. The safari will re-open again after the race has departed. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the teams before the race begins, up until around 10am.
There will also be lots of activities taking place before and after the race at Knowsley Safari, including a cycling village, various shows, plus the safari drive itself.
Any local residents, schools, businesses and community groups not visiting the Safari for the start of stage two are encouraged to get involved by lining the route and cheering on the competitors as they race through parts of the borough including Prescot and Huyton town centres.
And if watching the world’s top cyclists in action leaves spectators feeling inspired to dust off their bike they will find lots of cycling opportunities in Knowsley. The Sky Rides programme offers guided bike rides with a trained leader around pre-planned routes in the borough or for those inspired to learn to ride or needing support to get back in the saddle after some time away there are Pedal Away sessions.
Cllr Eddie Connor, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Community and Culture, said:
”I’m delighted to welcome back the Tour of Britain for the third consecutive year. It’s a fantastic opportunity for Knowsley and one we hope local residents, schools, community groups and businesses will really get behind by giving the riders a great send off from the Stage Two start or by lining the route around the borough.
He added: “Knowsley is a great place to cycle, so anyone inspired by the event, whether a complete novice or an experienced cyclist, will find an opportunity which suits their ability through the Sky Rides programme, Pedal Away sessions or one of the track or BMX sessions at Knowsley’s BMX and Velodrome facility at the Leisure and Culture Park.”
The Tour of Britain, which was won last year by Sir Bradley Wiggins, will be televised live on ITV4 to a global audience.