Tour of Britain sweeps through Notts

More than 100 cyclists raced through Notts on a 175km stage of the Tour of Britain.

They set off from Mansfield at 11am and finished several hours later in Newark, watched by thousands of people who lined the streets in towns and villages.

Prior to the tour arriving in Southwell, members of a cycling club – Velo Club Flintham – visited Jubilee House, where they met staff and Bishop Paul, and enjoyed  refreshments before watching the race – see picture above.

Notts has responded with great enthusiasm to the race and spray-painted bicycles have been appearing at the side off the road across the north of the county. In Bilsthorpe, at least 116 bikes have been painted and decorated and sited in the village, some placed by individuals, others by businesses and organisations.

The Revd Anna Alls, a Growing Disciples Priest based in the village, was on the team that helped to organise the displays and says it provided her with a great opportunity to meet new people.

“It started on Facebook and a group was formed from this. Radio Nottingham covered the story and then ITV news carried a piece and once it was on the telly more and more bikes started to appear.

“I have met people who I would otherwise never have met. I have been down to the tip and said ‘hello, I’m the vicar I have come to pick up a bike’. It has been a good opportunity to get involved in something positive  that has made the community feel proud.”