Tour of Britain will receive a colourful welcome

Residents decorating the bikes in Wooler.
Residents decorating the bikes in Wooler.

The Aviva Tour of Britain will receive a warm and bright welcome to Wooler when the riders reach the village next month.

Wooler Cycle Hub organised a Decorate Wooler for the Tour of Britain Party last Thursday, which was held at Wooler Auction Mart and attended by local residents.

The decorated bikes in Wooler, in preparation for the Tour of Britain, which passes through the village on Wednesday, September 9.

The decorated bikes in Wooler, in preparation for the Tour of Britain, which passes through the village on Wednesday, September 9.

Old bikes were among the items being decorated in the county colours of red and yellow and which will go on display around Wooler for the arrival of some of the world’s top cyclists, who will pass through the village on Wednesday, September 9, as part of Stage 4 of the Tour.

Beth Mills, from Wooler Cycle Hub, said: “It was great to see so many local people at the event and we now have lots of bikes and bunting to decorate the town in the lead up to the Aviva Tour of Britain.

“It is fantastic for us to be on the route for the event, which has an international profile and it will help to further help to establish Glendale as the leading cycling destination in Northumberland.”

The final Wooler Wheel event of the year, the Classic, on Saturday, October 3, has routes of 50km and 100km, and is the perfect introduction to cycle sportives, but is still demanding enough for more experienced cyclists and can also be a great season wind down for elite riders.

Entries for this event close on Sunday, September 20. Visit woolerwheel.co.uk

Meanwhile, shops and businesses in the centre of Alnwick are being encouraged to decorate their windows and frontages for the arrival of the Tour of Britain.

The race will enter Alnwick on September 9 and to support the event, Alnwick Town Council, in partnership with the Alnwick Chamber of Trade, has decided to run a shop-window competition for retailers.

The competition is to dress your shop window in an appropriate way to reflect the Tour of Britain cycle race, which could be using the Northumberland colours of red and yellow, which are being used as the main colour theme in the county.

The first prize for the best window display will be £100 and two tickets to the VIP area at the Stage 4 finish-line in Blyth on September 9, which have been donated by Northumberland County Council. There will also be two other cash prizes of £50 and £25.

Windows will be judged by the Deputy Mayor on Monday, September 7, and winners notified that day.