Tour of Britain 2015 in Northumberland news

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A fundraising team at Sanderson Arcade are taking on their very own Tour of Britain challenge this month to raise money for the centre’s chosen charity Barnabas Safe and Sound - READ MORE

Andre Greipel is the latest star name to confirm he will return to the Aviva Tour of Britain this September, leading the Belgian UCI World Team Lotto Soudal in Britain's premier stage race - READ MORE

The Aviva Tour of Britain professional cycle race will receive a warm, and bright, welcome to Wooler when the riders reach the town on Wednesday 9 September. Wooler Cycle Hub organised a Decorate Wooler for the Tour of Britain Party at Wooler Auction Mart on Thursday 20 August which was attended by a number of local residents - READ MORE

Northumberland will be in the world’s spotlight when the Tour of Britain whizzes through the county in two weeks’ time, and two National Trust places are gearing up to welcome spectators who want to catch a glimpse of the action from a prime position.

Stage 4 of the race, on Wednesday 9 September, ends at Blyth and just before the finish line the racers, including ‘Team Wiggins’ and ‘Team Sky’, the Great British cycle team, will pass by Seaton Delaval Hall. The Following day, stage 5, will see the cyclists setting off from Prudhoe before racing along Hadrian’s Wall and past Housesteads Roman Fort on their way to the finish line at Hartside in Alston, Cumbria - READ MORE

As tour fever grows, people are being encouraged to use social media to share their experiences of the Aviva Tour of Britain as it journeys through Northumberland.

Residents, visitors and cycling fanatics alike can use the hashtag #NlandTOB on Twitter to share photos and comment on the country’s biggest cycle race - READ MORE

2009 Tour of Britain winner Edvald Boasson Hagen will return to the Aviva Tour of Britain this September as he leads the MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung team in the eight-stage race from 6 to 13 September.

It will be the first time that the Norwegian has ridden in the Aviva Tour of Britain since he won the 2009 edition, taking four stages along the way. Fellow stage winner Gerald Ciolek, who took victory between Carlisle and Kendal in 2013, will also return as part of a strong six-rider line-up - READ MORE

The Hadrian’s Wall Villages - Greenhead and Gilsland - through which the Tour will pass on September 10th 2015, are preparing a great welcome for the Tour and those who want to watch the race.

The cyclists are expected to arrive at lunchtime, and though the participants will flash through at speed (avoiding, we hope, the hazards of the steep hill and sharp corner in Greenhead and the narrow main street of Gilsland, and the river bridges in both villages!) there will be good food a-plenty in the two villages for the spectators - READ MORE

Northumberland is to host two stages of the prestigious Friends Life Tour of Britain, the UK’s largest professional cycle race, it was announced today.

This will be the first time Britain’s national bike race has passed through the North East since 2009 and is a massive coup for the county.

The event is to be broadcast in over 130 countries, including live coverage on the ITV network, and will raise the profile of the county to an international audience - READ MORE

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