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Push to get more locals involved in Tour of Britain

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A public meeting is taking place in Kirkcudbright to promote the Tour of Britain.

The meeting, which is jointly organised by the Tour of Britain and Kirkcudbright Community Council, aims to involve local people and cycling fans in the preparation and management of the event.

The Tour will once again visit the town during the high profile first stage of the 2019 tour, which is set to take place between Saturday the 7th and Saturday the 14th of September.

The tour of Britain returning to our region is a huge opportunity which is why we are committed to ongoing consultation with local communities that host major events- and the Tour of Britain is a significant event for our region to welcome and host. The public meeting is our first way to engage with residents and cycling fans to generate ideas to showcase the town and work closely with the people of Kirkcudbright around the delivery of the Tour of Britain.

– Councillor Adam Wilson: Dumfries and Galloway Council's Events Champion.

Hundreds of cyclists, spread over twenty professional cycling teams, will take part in the tour.

  • Stage one will take the race from Glasgow city centre to Kirkcudbright in Dumfries & Galloway. At 201 kilometres long, the opening day will be the longest of the 2019 race.
  • Stage two: The Scottish Borders stage (166.5km), Sunday 8 September
  • Stage three: Berwick-upon-Tweed to Newcastle-upon-Tyne (182.2km), Monday 9 September
  • Two stages then take place in England’s North East, the first of which is a North of Tyne stage from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Newcastle-upon-Tyne on Monday 9 September.
  • Stage four: Gateshead to Kendal (171.5km), Tuesday 10 September
  • Stage five to eight sees the Tour move from Birkenhead to Manchester over four days.

The Glasgow to Kirkcudbright Stage will be covered live on ITV, for more information visit the Tour of Britain website.

A similar meeting will be taking place in Kelso on Tuesday.

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