Supporters gather to cheer on the Tour of BritaiN
Stockport residents gather at Hazel Grove High School to cheer on the final leg of the Tour of Britain.
As the first sprint of the final leg of cycling’s Tour of Britain started on Jacksons Lane, Hazel Grove, residents gathered outside Hazel Grove High School to watch the competition and enjoy the fun activities being held in the viewing area.
Cycling fans could race the pro cyclists on the static bikes available, with participants urged to pedal as many miles as they could in the same time as the pros. Activities also included bike riding lessons, a bouncy castle and a giant football dartboard. There was also a gigantic 54ft Manchester Bee land art installation on the school field.
The mayor of Stockport, Laura Booth, also attended the event in support of the race. She said: “I’m delighted to attend; the event has been so well supported. The highlight for me was being stood next to one of our own citizens who was Stockport’s first ever Olympic medal winner, Alan Newton, who received bronze at the 1952 Olympics for cycling. It’s great to see Alan being recognised for this achievements with his own cycle path and having the crowd go wild when his name was mentioned.”
Local businesses provided food stalls, face painting and an ice cream truck for people of all ages to enjoy.
Lee Forsyth, the event organiser said: “Today was absolutely amazing to have the Tour of Britain pass Hazel Grove High School and Sports Centre. We had a great turnout of supporters, people from all ages really getting involved from taking part in our ‘beat the pros’ challenge to learning new skills in our BikeRight workshop. Thanks to everyone who came along to support us and watch the amazing athletes in the Tour.”