Keyworth folk gearing up for Tour of Britain
Cycling fever is sweeping Keyworth as local people gear up for the Tour of Britain racing through their village on Saturday 8 September.
Local school children from the village’s three primary schools have decorated 200 life-size cardboard bikes, which are being displayed in local shops, cafes and public buildings with different themes, including beach, star and animal decorations.
10 of the bikes feature a letter that makes up a cycling-related word for a children’s treasure hunt with a prize of a family cinema ticket and a meal voucher.
Real bikes spray-painted bright yellow to mark the race are also being located around the village and jerseys in Tour of Britain colours knitted by local people will be hung over the roads on the race day.
Cycling-loving villagers are holding their own ‘virtual’ race from The Plough pub in Wysall to The Salutation at Keyworth, which forms one of three ‘King of the Mountains’ sections along the route.
Participants are using a mobile phone app to record their time on the run up to the race with the winner achieving the fastest time.
Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Communities and Place Committee, said: “Keyworth forms one of the toughest Nottinghamshire stretches in this year’s race and local people are really getting into the spirit of this international event coming through their village.
“Their efforts to embrace the race prove the event not only has economic benefits for Nottinghamshire, it also brings communities closer together with their celebrations.”
Keyworth resident David Rickards said: “People in the village have really got behind the Tour of Britain and we’ve had some great ideas to get everyone involved in this exciting event.
“It’s been particularly nice to see local children getting creative with their decorated bikes which adorn every corner of the village. One thing’s for sure, people travelling through the village will not miss our Tour of Britain decorations!”
Keyworth is in the running to win the best dressed town or village in Rushcliffe when the race takes place.
Nottinghamshire towns and village can enter the County Council competition by sending its plans and photos via an online form, posting photos on social media using #NottsToB or visiting www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/culture-leisure/sport/ovo-energy-tour-of-britain/competitions