Oxford MailCounty gearing up to host key stage in Tour of Britain (From Oxford Mail)

Get involved: send your photos, videos, news & views by texting OXFORD NEWS to 80360 or email us

County gearing up to host key stage in Tour of Britain

Oxford Mail: Gareth Hudson, who works at Ridgeway Cycles, in Wantage Market Square with a £3,000 carbon fibre Trek road bike. He is looking forward to the Tour of Britain Gareth Hudson, who works at Ridgeway Cycles, in Wantage Market Square with a £3,000 carbon fibre Trek road bike. He is looking forward to the Tour of Britain

NOW Britain has said au revoir to the Tour de France, Oxfordshire fans are looking ahead to top cyclists racing through the county later this year.

The Tour of Britain – the UK’s biggest cycling race – is to come through the county in September with some of the country’s best cyclists expected to take part.

Organisers are due to announce the detailed route later this month, but the sixth stage of the eight-day contest will go through Wantage, south of Didcot, Wallingford, and up through Christmas Common and on to Chinnor.

Tour of Britain spokesman Peter Hodges said he hoped crowds would line the route for the county stage on Friday, September 12.

He said: “It will be the first time that The Tour has passed through Oxfordshire since 2008, so it’s great to return after several years away.

“The crowds for the Tour of Britain are building year-on-year with events like the 2012 Olympics and this year’s Grand Depart of the Tour de France a huge boost for getting casual fans to the roadside as spectators, and also hopefully on their bikes as cyclists.”

He said organisers were working with organisations, including Oxfordshire County Council and Cycle Chilterns, to finalise the route.

Last year the Tour of Britain was won by Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins.

Oxonian Cycling Club spokesman Dennis McSweeney said the Tour of Britain was the next big event for Oxfordshire cyclists.

He said: “There are some short, but steep climbs in the area which is a good chance to see some quality cycling close to home.”

Barry Gillott, owner of Ridgeway Cycles in Wantage, said he hoped the route would pass through the town’s market place.

He said: “It would be a great spectacle racing round the square.”

And he said the event would be a good chance to see some of the best cyclists racing, adding: “It is a good excuse to take a day off work and cheer the teams on.

“There certainly will be some well-known names there. It would be good if Wiggins was in.”

He added: “It is fantastic and it will get more people interested in cycling.”

Gareth Hudson, of Ridgeway Cycles, said: “Hopefully, it will be good for road cycling in Oxfordshire and the rest of Britain.”

Ben Hislop, who also works at the Newbury Street store, said he expected the county to greet the race with enthusiasm.

And he said: “Last year with the Tour de France the sale of road bikes went up. It is good for cycling all round.”

Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS, SPORT and JAYDEN depending on what services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.
Our top stories

4.40pm UPDATE: Queues beginning on A34 this evening due to Kennington roundabout work

Oxford Mail: A34 traffic alert

4:40pm Monday 28th July 2014

TRAFFIC is starting to build up back on to the A34 because of the new contraflow on the Southern Bypass because of the Kennington roundabout work.

COMMONWEALTH GAMES: French rues just missing out on gold medal

Oxford Mail:

9:20am Monday 28th July 2014

Matt French admitted he had been unlucky to secure only a silver medal at Glasgow 2014.

Watch: Didcot's tumbling towers - A dawn chorus of excitement as Didcot's skyline changes forever + video

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Monday 28th July 2014

FIFTY years of history – gone in 15 seconds. Despite Didcot’s sadness at seeing its cooling towers sink to the ground, there was applause and cheering when the moment arrived.

Hundreds join protest against Gaza war

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 28th July 2014

OPPONENTS of Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza strip took to the streets of Oxford in support of victims of the conflict.

William, 4, is lining up for charity sports fest

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 28th July 2014

A FOUR-year-old will take on a triathlon to raise money for the hospital ward that saved his life.

Update: Man in Blackbird Leys 'hit by car after argument with woman'

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

7:49am Monday 28th July 2014

A SILVER car mounted the pavement and hit a man in Blackbird Leys after he had been arguing with a woman, police have said. 

Comments

Post a comment

Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link.

click2find

Get Adobe Flash player
About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree