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Tour of Britain to ride through West Cumbria

The biggest cycling event in the UK sporting calendar is coming to West Cumbria for the first time this year.

Superstars Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish are likely to be in the line-up for the Tour of Britain.

It is due to pass through Maryport, Workington, Cockermouth and Keswick.

Cycling fever gripped the region when the pair were in Cumbria for the tour last September but the route bypassed West Cumbria.

This time around Cumbria has its own stage on Monday, September 16.

It will put an estimated £3 million to £4 million into the local economy.

Jonty Chippendale, chairman of Cockermouth and District Chamber of Trade, said: “This is absolutely fantastic news. Cycling is a growing sport nationally, and Cockermouth has a huge amount to offer cyclists.

“We have the C2C route, Whinlatter park, and a mountain biking centre of national importance also close by.

“It is good for Cockermouth and good for West Cumbria.

“It brings publicity, people see that the western Lake District is a beautiful place.

“It also brings economic benefits to all areas of the community. It’s a great feelgood event.”

Diane Moyes, 66, of Parkside Avenue, Cockermouth, a member of the Cycling Touring Club and a volunteer for Sustrans, said: “It’s absolutely brilliant. Having a big event like the tour will encourage more ordinary people to get on their bikes, and that’s what we want.”

Andrew Lysser, town mayor, said: “Keswick is famous for having some of the best cycle shops in the country, and this is a great accolade.

“The way it has developed here over the last few years, it is fitting that the tour should come through Keswick.”

The 139-mile Cumbria stage will be the longest in the history of the modern Tour of Britain.

Starting in Carlisle, it will take in Wigton, Cockermouth, Maryport, Workington and Whitehaven before heading on to the Lake District National Park.

It will head through the western fells and ascend Honister Pass.

The Cumbria stage will also take in Keswick, Ambleside and Coniston, before finishing in Kendal.

It has been organised with the Lake District National Park, Carlisle City Council, Cumbria County Council, South Lakeland District Council and Cumbria Tourism.

Councillor Tony Markley, county council cabinet member for economic development, said: “Holding a Tour of Britain stage exclusively will help put Cumbria on the map internationally and allow us to exploit the massive national interest in cycling right now.

“As well as the huge economic benefits, there’s also the lasting environmental and health legacy from encouraging more people to cycle.”

Richard Leafe, Lake District National Park Authority chief executive, added: “We’re delighted that this famous sporting event is going through the Lake District for the first time.”

The tour will start in Peebles in the Scottish Borders on September 15, finishing in London on September 22.

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great news ill be running along side them in my fake team sky gear cheering them on hurry up september

Posted by catty wiggins on 22 March 2013 at 16:48

Great News. Just hope they get all those pot holes filled in before they reach West Cumbria especially Northside roundabout

Posted by benny on 22 March 2013 at 13:09

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