Colne businesses embrace Tour of Britain coming to town!

23 April 2015
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Businesses from across Colne attended a special meeting to learn more about the Friends Life Tour of Britain coming to town.

The Tour of Britain is the country’s largest free-to-spectate sporting event, attracting the biggest live attendance of any sporting event in the UK. 

And Pendle Council is jointly hosting Stage Two, Ribble Valley and Pendle, Clitheroe to Colne with Ribble Valley Borough Council on Monday September 7.

The race which starts in Clitheroe town centre and ends in Colne town centre includes three Skoda King of the Mountains. It’s the shortest but toughest of the stages.

Philip Mousdale, Corporate Director, said: “We organised a special meeting for Colne town centre businesses to come along and find out how they might be impacted.

“The town centre will be closed from 5am on the day of the race until 9.30pm so we wanted to give advance notice to businesses so they can think about how they might need to alter things like deliveries.

“All of the car parks will be closed from 6pm the day before until 9.30pm on the day of the race because of the sheer amount of equipment needed by the Tour organisers.”

Town centre road closure will start just below Primet Bridge and finish on Market Street at Colne Precinct.

The top of Walton Street and Colne Lane will be completely blocked off all day as will access through Market Place and Parliament Street.

Importantly Colne Bus Station will be within the road closures and will be closed all day. Buses will take alternative routes which will be advertised nearer the time.

Contact will be made with emergency services, social services, health centres and bus companies about the road closures and how it may affect them soon. 

At the meeting businesses were also told how other areas have benefited from hosting a stage of the Tour.

According to an independent report, each area which hosted a stage last year saw an injection of at least £2m into their economy.

Philip added: “We’re encouraging businesses to create Tour of Britain themed windows, paint old bikes red, white and blue to display outside their businesses and hang bunting to create a festive atmosphere.

“We also hope they’ll have things like special offers and themed cycling menus!
“It was a really positive meeting and I’m confident that our town centre businesses will do all they can to benefit from the extra footfall.

“Pendle really is a hidden gem and this gives us an amazing opportunity to show the world what we have to offer!”

Alastair Grant, Commercial Director of Friends Life Tour of Britain organisers SweetSpot, said:
“We’ve been delighted with the reception we’ve received locally in Pendle and Ribble Valley since announcing that Stage Two of the Tour of Britain is finishing in the borough. 
“The Tour is free to attend for all spectators and televised live not just in the UK, but around the world.

“We're working with Pendle Council to encourage local businesses, groups and the community to really get behind the Tour and help put Colne on the world cycling map!”
Only outline details of the Stage Two route are currently available.

After leaving Clitheroe town centre, riders will complete a clockwise route via Nick O’Pendle, Longride, Dunsop Bridge and Slaidburn in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

After Gisburn the route heads into Pendle via Barnoldswick and Earby before briefly returning to Clitheroe and then on to Whalley, Brierfield, Nelson and the finish in Colne.

Further details of the route, including Ordnance Survey stage maps, will be announced in the summer, along with details of the 20 competing teams.

There will be rolling closures along the route but any disruption will be kept to a minimum.

Notes to Editors

Stage One             
Sunday 6 September: Beaumaris, Anglesey to Wrexham

Stage Two            
Monday 7 September: Ribble Valley and Pendle, Clitheroe to Colne

Stage Three          
Tuesday 8 September: Cockermouth to Floors Castle, Kelso

Stage Four            
Wednesday 9 September: Edinburgh to Blyth

Stage Five             
Thursday 10 September: Prudhoe to Hartside Fell

Stage Six                               
Friday 11 September: Stoke-on-Trent to Nottingham

Stage Seven         
Saturday 12 Septmber: Fakenham to Ipswich

Stage Eight            
Saturday 13 September: London stage presented by TfL

The Friends Life Tour of Britain
Re-launched in 2004 after a five year absence from the calendar, the Friends Life Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event giving cycling fans the opportunity to see the world’s best teams and riders competing on their doorstep.  The Friends Life Tour of Britain is the UK’s biggest professional cycle race and the country’s largest free-to-watch sporting event.

Upgraded to 2.HC level by the UCI, the sport’s governing body, for 2014, the Friends Life Tour of Britain attracts the world’s top cyclists, including Olympic and World Champions and Tour de France stage winners, to compete on British roads each September, with three-hours of live coverage a day on ITV4.

For details of the Friends Life Tour of Britain, go to www.tourofbritain.co.uk
For further information please contact: Alice Barnett, Communications Team, Chief Executive's Policy Unit, Pendle Council, Town Hall, Market Street, Nelson, BB9 7LG

Tel: 01282 661780
Fax: 01282 661630
Email: alice.barnett@pendle.gov.uk

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