Stalybridge to host first ever Tameside Bike Festival

Get yourself in gear for the first ever Tameside Bicycle Festival!

Stalybridge will host the event on Sunday, September 15, just a day after the Tour of Britain rolls into town.

The festival will take place in Armentieres Square from 11am-3pm. Visitors can have a go at an obstacle course, see some wheel art and get hints and tips from a panel of experts.

Everyone is welcome, regardless of ability. Tameside Council is hoping the event will ignite a chain reaction and convince lots of people to get in the saddle and choose two wheels over four.

Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council’s executive member with responsibility for cycling, said: “I’m delighted and proud that my home town of Stalybridge will be at the heart of this wonderful weekend of cycling.

“It’ll provide some spectacular and challenging terrain for the Tour riders and is the ideal venue for the festival. As an authority, Tameside is keen to promote and support cycling in all its forms. It’s great way of getting and staying fit and reducing our carbon emissions while having fun at the same time.”

The eight and final stage of the prestigious Tour of Britain comes through Tameside on Saturday, September 14. Riders should enter the borough from Stockport at around noon. After crossing Werneth Low, they follow a route through Gee Cross, Hattersley, Mottram, Stalybridge and Mossley, heading into Saddleworth at roughly 12.40pm.

Residents, schools, businesses and community groups are encouraged to get involved by lining the streets and dressing the route. More information is available at www.tourofbritain.co.uk.

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