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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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Wiggins hints at coming to Carlisle for Tour of Britain

Sir Bradley Wiggins has hinted that he will take part in the Tour of Britain – which is coming to Cumbria – in September.

Bradley Wiggins photo
Sir Bradley Wiggins

The Olympic gold medallist is in the second week of a six-week block of training and expects to return to racing at the Tour of Poland on July 27.

That will be followed by an event in Colorado before the Tour of Britain, which starts on September 15, visiting Carlisle and west Cumbria the day after.

Speaking about the Tour of Britain, Wiggins said: “That’s a race I’ve always wanted to do well in. It’s getting bigger every year and in terms of profile in this country it’s a nice thing to do well in.”

Schoolchildren are being given the chance to lead off the Tour of Britain cyclists when they visit Cumbria on Stage Two of the race.

The 186.6km leg will take many of the world’s leading cyclists, and the best of British, to west Cumbria and then south to Kendal.

Carlisle City Council is looking for 16 schools to support a team from the Tour of Britain. If the schools sign up, they will:

  • Be part of the race start on September 16;
  • Be given a team to support and get the chance to meet the members of the team they are supporting (and other teams too);
  • Be given the opportunity for some pupils to participate in the race. Up to three representatives per school (two pupils and one adult) will set off minutes ahead of the cyclists;
  • Be presented with a special Carlisle Tour of Britain Award given to one of their pupils. Schools are asked to nominate a pupil who has gone above and beyond the day-to-day hurdles of life;
  • Be given a certificate of support and attendance of Stage 2 of the Tour of Britain, which they can display at their school.

Colin Glover, acting leader of Carlisle City Council, said: “We’ve written to schools offering them the opportunity to take a part in The Tour of Britain.

“Carlisle will once again be showcased to a global audience and we’re thrilled to be part of an event that attracts thousands of spectators. We look forward to providing a warm welcome to the Tour of Britain competitors and supporters.”

To sign up, schools are asked to contact 01228 817156 or email gillianf@carlisle.gov.uk

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