Ottery welcomes Tour of Britain
- Credit: Archant
Cycling’s biggest stars whizzed through Ottery this morning as the Tour of Britain once again returned to Devon for another stage of intense competition.
André Greipel had stormed to victory in the opening stage of the competition yesterday which saw the riders race across South Wales from Pembrey Country Park in Carmarthenshire to Newport.
Devon was next the stop on the map with the competitors setting off from Cranbrook and cycling 108 miles to the finish line in Barnstaple.
Organisers in the town had made sure they pulled out the stops to fill the morning with activities for residents and visitors of all ages in the build up to the race.
The cyclists were welcomed with cheers, claps and a warm greeting from the town’s pixies as they sped through the town towards Chineway Hall, which was the stage’s first King of the Mountain hill.
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Early risers were also able to enjoy a cycling ‘big breakfast’ at eateries in the town and youngsters can take part in a ‘build a bike’ treasure hunt by searching for bike parts in the windows of Ottery shops to win a prize.
There was also a cycling jersey competition, a shop window competition, and activities in the library.
Were you at the start line in Cranbrook? Look at our gallery here to see.
Want to see how the day finished then take a look at our blog which has been running through the day.
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- 7 Property of the Week: Flat 2 Bedford
- 8 Now is the time to shop locally says Sidmouth artist
- 9 Ottery Primary pupils' pedal power shines through at hill climb
- 10 Reid family follow in the footsteps of Sir Captain Tom
See more in this week’s Herald.