Ottery St Mary to host new King of the Mountain cycle event
PUBLISHED: 11:40 08 October 2016
Tour of Britain’s ‘tremendous success’ sparks exciting plan for town
A major new ‘King of the Mountain’ cycle competition will be launched in Ottery following the ‘tremendous success’ of the Tour of Britain.
The race showcased the town to a worldwide audience and captured the imagination of the community last month, as people of all ages lined the streets to catch a glimpse of top riders, including Olympians Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish.
The positive response has prompted a renewed call to develop an ‘Otter Valley cycleway’ to promote the benefits of the sport and boost the economy, as well as the launch of a new annual competition on Chineway Hill for amateur riders and children.
Town councillor Josefina Gori revealed plans for a ‘King of the Mountain’ contest, which will be held on October 15, 2017, in conjunction with 1st Chard Wheelers – a club that organises cycling events all over the country. She said there will be a time trial followed by a children’s ‘go-ride’ event that it is hoped will attract cyclists from far and wide, with ample opportunities for businesses to get involved and capitalise on the increased visitor numbers.
Speaking at a meeting on Monday, Councillor Roger Giles said: “In view of the magnificent community support, the council calls on the Tour of Britain organisers to include Ottery in future tour stages held in Devon. The council acknowledges the strong desire in the community for improved cycling opportunities. It therefore reiterates its support for the creation of a cycleway on the disused railway line between Feniton, Ottery and Sidmouth and recognises the considerable benefits such as sustainable transport, healthy people, and a boost to the local economy.”
Members agreed to lobby county and district councils to support the creation of an ‘Otter Valley cycleway’.
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