Call to help town make most of tour stars


Dominic Robertson

PEOPLE are being asked for their ideas to help Newtown make the most of the Tour of Britain when it arrives later this year.

Newtown will be hosting Britain’s biggest cycling event for the second time on Tuesday, September 9.

The town will host the start of stage three of the tour, which could feature Olympic hero and Britain’s first ever Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, and other cycling superstars such as Mark Cavendish and Geraint Thomas.

Newtown Town councillor Tom Chandler says the town needs to capitalise on the opportunity presented by hosting an international sporting event and he wants people to suggest ideas for events which they would like to see held in conjunction with the tour.

He said: “We want people to come forward with ideas for how we can celebrate it.

“We want to know what people would like to see happening. Do they want events on the same day or would they like something held over the weekend before?

“We can organise events but we want to know what people would like to do.”
Cllr Chandler said that hosting the tour would allow Newtown to show what it has to offer.

He said: “Hosting the Tour of Britain is a great opportunity for the town and we want to make the most of it.

“It is one of the biggest sporting events in Britain and will have international exposure so it is a great chance for us to show what Newtown has to offer.”

Cllr Chandler said that he is interested in persuading Llandrindod Wells’ Cycle Museum to host an exhibition as part of the celebrations and would also be approaching the successful and growing Hafren Cycling Club to take part in any activities.

Newtown was the first town in Powys to host the tour when it visited in 2010.
The 2014 route will see riders race from Newtown to Knighton before continuing to the finish on top of the Tumble Mountain in Monmouthshire.
  • Cllr Chandler urged people to contact the council on 01686 625544 or e-mail with their ideas. Alternatively you can contact your local councillor whose contact details are available on the Newtown Council website

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