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Cheshire volunteers needed for Tour of Britain cycle event

Famous riders to come through county on September 6

A scene from the Tour of Britain

Volunteers are still being sought to support Stage Three of the Tour of Britain cycling event as it hits Cheshire’s highways.

Some of the world’s most famous riders are set to whizz through Cheshire East’s villages and towns on Tuesday, September 6, as part of the Tour of Britain.

It will arrive in Cheshire East for the first time in its 71 year history.

Tour of Britain 2016: World's top teams and riders to race through Cheshire

As part of the historic event, volunteers are still being recruited to play a part in the safe and successful delivery of the race as spectator numbers are set to be up following interest in cycling at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

There has been phenomenal response to the call for a formal volunteer force to accompany stage three of the event during its time in Cheshire East.

The route through the borough totals 111 miles, starting in Congleton in the south and finishing in the north at Knutsford’s historic Tatton Park.

Around 154,000 spectators are expected to line the route as it reaches the county - 80 per cent of which are expected to be from outside the local area.

Tatton Park included in Tour of Britain 2016

The races will also have a potential worldwide audience of more than 116 million viewers.

Volunteers will be fully equipped with the skills they need to marshal the route and assist the spectators.

Allocated roles include route marshals, flag marshals, wayfinders, crossing marshals and supervisors.

Councillor David Brown, Deputy Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “Whether it’s people from within the borough or from surrounding areas, there’s been a fantastic response to our volunteering programme to date.

“Following the success at the Olympics for Team GB, we have seen a huge amount of additional interest in this event.

“The good news is there are still places left for people who want to get involved as a volunteer and play their part in supporting what will become a legacy event for Cheshire East and the North West of England, showcasing the best of what the area has to offer to visitors from across the country and overseas.”

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One volunteer, Lisa Alcock from Crewe, said: “Thanks to our success during the Olympics, I’m even more excited about getting involved in a sporting event that has a worldwide audience.

“I’m far from an experienced cyclist but knew that I wanted to be involved in a sporting first for the county.

“The event looks set to bring locals from all over the borough together and I can’t wait to take on my role and watch the action on September 6.”

Volunteers must be 18-years-old or over and will attend a two hour training and briefing session. All volunteers will receive a certificate for taking part.

To register, visit cheshiretourofbritain.co.uk.

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