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Community Champions Sought for ‘People’s Peloton’

Published Thursday, 23 July 2015

Community champions are sought for a ‘people’s peloton’ to process around Clitheroe town centre prior to the start of Stage 2 the 2015 Aviva Tour of Britain.

The world’s top cyclists and tens of thousands of spectators look set to descend on Ribble Valley and Pendle on September 7 for the event, which will see 20 of the world’s top cycling teams, including Olympic and world champions, and Tour de France stage winners, power through the two boroughs on a tough 162km route from Clitheroe to Colne.

Now the search is on for community champions and heroes to take part in a People’s Peloton under police escort prior to the start of the top race.

Participants in the People’s Peloton will get a taste of taking part in a major sporting event, as well as recognition for their positive contribution to the Ribble Valley community.

Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Stuart Hirst said: “The Tour of Britain is the most significant event in Ribble Valley’s 40-year history and we want the community to join us in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“Rather like the Olympic torchbearers in London 2012, we are looking for Ribble Valley’s unsung heroes and heroines to enjoy their moment in the spotlight.

“The Tour of Britain attracts a huge following, as well as an international television audience, so is the ideal showcase for Ribble Valley’s community champions.”

After departing Clitheroe, Stage 2 of the 2015 Aviva Tour of Britain will complete a clockwise route via the Nick o’ Pendle, Longridge, Dunsop Bridge and Slaidburn in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, before heading into Pendle via Barnoldswick and Earby, briefly returning to Clitheroe, then on to Whalley, Nelson and the finish in Colne. 

The event will be broadcast internationally by 16 television channels across 139 territories in Europe, Australia and the USA. ITV will screen three hours of live coverage every day and a one-hour highlights programme at night.

Nominees for the People’s Peloton can be community champions from any walk of life, but they must live in Ribble Valley, have access to a bike, be able to cycle a 1km route around the town centre and be available on Monday 7 September.

To nominate someone for the People’s Peloton, write in 100 words or so why you think they should take part. The closing date for nominations is Friday 28 August and participants will be chosen at random. Nominations must include contact details and can be made at thetour@ribblevalley.gov.uk, or by post to Theresa Sanderson, Principal Communications Officer, Ribble Valley Borough Council, Council Offices, Church Walk, Clitheroe, BB7 2RA.

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