Countrywide Great Tour coastal cycle challenge launched

Coun Scott Dickinson with local cyclists Carl Donaldson, Mark Breeze and Lee McDermott mark the announcement that Northumberland will host two stages of the Tour of Britain. 'Picture by Jane Coltman

Coun Scott Dickinson with local cyclists Carl Donaldson, Mark Breeze and Lee McDermott mark the announcement that Northumberland will host two stages of the Tour of Britain. 'Picture by Jane Coltman

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This summer will see a group of cyclists circumnavigating Great Britain by bicycle in a 64-day, 6,800-km challenge, with one stage finishing in Alnwick.

Starting on Saturday, July 4, the day the Tour de France starts, and finishing on Saturday, September 5, the eve of the Friends Life Tour of Britain’s Grand Depart from Anglesey, the Countrywide Great Tour is a cycle challenge around the coast of Britain.

Each day will have capacity for up to 250 riders, with a core group of riders completing the entire challenge. Along the way they will be joined by members of the public wishing to ride a day or week of the route, plus riders from corporate and charity partners, using the event to raise funds for good causes.

Stage 27 on Thursday, July 30, starts in Musselburgh in the morning and sees the cyclists end the day in Alnwick, having passed through Berwick. The following day, the route takes the ride from Alnwick, down the Northumberland coast via the likes of Alnmouth and Blyth, to Hartlepool.

It follows the news earlier this month that Northumberland will host two stages of this year’s prestigious Friends Life Tour of Britain.

For more information about the Countrywide Great Tour, visit www.thegreattour.co.uk to find out about all 64-legs of the challenge.

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