Cycling enters new era with Tour de Telford
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Local Government
Move aside the Tour de France!
To celebrate National Bike Week (14-22 June) residents in the West Midlands town of Telford will be putting their best pedal forward on Sunday 15 June.
Two big differences compared to the actual 'le Tour': There won’t be any drug tests (at least not cycling-related ones) and competitors won’t get a chance to travel around beautiful Telford. The Tour de Telford will be set up on static main bikes in the foyers of leisure centres at Abraham Darby, Wellington and Newport on Sunday 15 June.
Participants will cycle in half hour bursts to see how far they go, with progress measured against the real Tour de France course. Councillor Liz Clare, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for leisure services and culture, said: "I am sure we will get lots of people trying to complete as much of the course as possible."
Health trainers and practitioners will be offering a quick health check and supplying healthy living information such as recipe ideas and tips for getting fitter.
Council leisure centre staff will keep a record of the best pedal of the day to determine the Tour de Telford champion. Prizes will include cycling accessories. All participants get a free water bottle.
Telford & Wrekin Council is a unitary authority with 170,300 residents. It is also the birthplace of the industrial revolution and home to the world’s first iron bridge in the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site.