Tour of Britain fever hits Ottery St Mary

The Tour of Britain stage start on Sidmouth seafront in 2013. Bradley Wiggins is pictured centre in

The Tour of Britain stage start on Sidmouth seafront in 2013. Bradley Wiggins is pictured centre in the yellow jersey. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 9563-38-13SH - Credit: Archant

Picnics, posh nosh, painted bikes and more as town promotes pedal power

A big splash of colour, themed cuisine and community spirit are on the cards as Ottery gears up to welcome the Tour of Britain.

Plans are shaping up well ahead of Friday, September 9, when WorldTour teams, which could include cyclists Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish MBE, are set to race through the town for the first time.

A big breakfast – organised by Ottery’s Food and Families Festival committee – will be hosted at most eateries, giving spectators the opportunity to fill up on the likes of a ‘Wiggins Whoopper’ or a ‘Caven-dish’.

Members of the youth club will be painting bikes red, white and blue to go on display, primary school pupils are planning a picnic and giant display to be seen from the air and businesses will join in with themed window decorations.


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A public picnic will take place at the Land of Canaan on Sunday, September 4, from 2pm to 4pm, where there will be prizes for the best decorated bicycle and bike-themed costume.

There will be quizzes, decorations and celebrations aplenty and people are encouraged to wear colourful or Ottery-themed clothes on the day.

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