Sid Valley cyclists patch up roads ahead of Tour of Britain

PUBLISHED: 11:40 06 September 2016

Cllr Stuart Hughes and members of the Sid Valley Cycling Club fill in pot holes in time for Tour of Britain visit. Robert Hayman and Stuart Huges get to work. Ref shs 35-16AW 4675. Picture: Alex Walton.

Cllr Stuart Hughes and members of the Sid Valley Cycling Club fill in pot holes in time for Tour of Britain visit. Robert Hayman and Stuart Huges get to work. Ref shs 35-16AW 4675. Picture: Alex Walton.

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Volunteers from the Sid Valley Cycling Club (SVCC) did their bit to get Sidmouth’s streets ready for the Tour of Britain.

Cllr Stuart Hughes and members of the Sid Valley Cycling Club fill in pot holes in time for Tour of Britain visit. Dave Gourney, Dominick Horrell, Andy Stovell and Robert Hayman with Stuart Hughes. Ref shs 35-16AW 4696. Picture: Alex Walton.Cllr Stuart Hughes and members of the Sid Valley Cycling Club fill in pot holes in time for Tour of Britain visit. Dave Gourney, Dominick Horrell, Andy Stovell and Robert Hayman with Stuart Hughes. Ref shs 35-16AW 4696. Picture: Alex Walton.

Together with the town council, the group has organised criterium races for men, women and children to try before the professionals set off to Haytor – so they teamed up with county councillor Stuart Hughes to get their 1.3-kilometre route ready.

Devon County Council has a road warden scheme that allowed members to fill small potholes before the authority tackled the larger ones.

Dominick Horrell, SVCC’s events organiser, said: “It’s a very easy way of filling holes. We’ve already had a few comments from people around the town saying what a difference it had made – it’s a quick and simple fix for the community.”

Roads in the town centre will be closed from Thursday morning (September 8) for the criterium races.

Cllr Stuart Hughes and members of the Sid Valley Cycling Club fill in pot holes in time for Tour of Britain visit. Robert Hayman flattens the tarmac. Ref shs 35-16AW 4701. Picture: Alex Walton.Cllr Stuart Hughes and members of the Sid Valley Cycling Club fill in pot holes in time for Tour of Britain visit. Robert Hayman flattens the tarmac. Ref shs 35-16AW 4701. Picture: Alex Walton.

Racing will be along the same route used in 2013 – when the tour last started in Sidmouth – and will begin and finish on the seafront. There are events for men, women and children over the age of eight from 3pm.

There will also be live bands and entertainment at Dukes from 6.30pm. Visit www.svcc.org.uk for details.

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