Notts set to get creative in the countdown to the Tour of Britain race

10 July 2017

Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of Communities and Place Committee Councillor Cottee describes how he is looking forward to local schools, residents, landowners and residents showing their creative side as Nottinghamshire prepares for the Tour of Britain cycle race coming to our county for the first time.


Plans continue to take shape for the Tour of Britain race which is coming to our county in just a few months time.

It’s the biggest free-to-attend sporting event to come to Nottinghamshire and the countdown is on to Wednesday 6 September.

It is a fantastic coup to host an entire stage of this race. Which is why we want everyone to get into the spirit of things by turning up to help line the 175-kilometre route, as well as getting involved in the build-up.

The stage starts in Mansfield, where spectators will have the unique opportunity to experience the pre-race atmosphere as the cyclists gather at the start line. The TV crews will be here too, getting interviews with riders before the start.  

All the County’s schools have been invited to take part in two competitions - aimed at pupils aged between 4-11 years old - to design the winner’s trophy and also to design a flag to wave off the riders at the start of our stage.

The winners of both competitions will have their designs professionally made and will be invited to either wave the flag that they designed at the start of the stage or present their winning trophy design to the stage winner in Newark, where the Nottinghamshire stage is due to reach an exciting sprint finish.

A big part of the Tour of Britain is the spectator support of course. Along the route, the different type of flags and banners will be all part of the fun and will help boost the cyclists’ morale as they ride past.

Other ways pupils, residents and businesses could get involved is decorating schools, houses and business. This could involve decorating or upcycling an old bike and painting it yellow – similar to the Tour de Yorkshire. Remember, millions of viewers from across the world will be tuning into this race and so your school, house or business may get spotted on the helicopter TV coverage! Local landowners can also support the event by using their land for unusual art displays which can be viewed from the skies. Ideas put forward  to date include cricketer Harold Larwood, the Major Oak, Rufford Abbey and the Bramley Apple.

The route will visit a town or villages near you. The riders will go to Hucknall before heading towards Worksop and riding through the magnificent Sherwood Forest.  After continuing north, competitors will then pass through Retford and Collingham before finishing in Newark.   It will showcase some of the county’s best tourist attractions, but let’s hope the most impressive thing about Wednesday 6 September is how creative the residents of Nottinghamshire are with their colourful displays, flags and banners.

Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of Communities and Place Committee

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