Week of activities announced to welcome Tour of Britain through Malvern and Upton

CHAMPION CYCLIST LAUNCHES ACTIVITY WEEK: Liam Killeen

CHAMPION CYCLIST LAUNCHES ACTIVITY WEEK: Liam Killeen

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A WEEK of activities has been announced to welcome the Tour of Britain, launched by Malvern's own Commonwealth Games and Olympic cyclist.

Liam Killeen is behind the initiative as people in Malvern and Upton wait eagerly for the competition to pass through the towns.

There will be family bike rides, the Church Street Hill Climb, vintage cycle display, Elgar vintage bike ride, cycle extravaganza street entertainment, bike skills demonstrations, have a go road time trial and road rides.

Liam, who also represented England at London 2012 and has worked with Malvern Hills District Council to stage the week, said: “The Malvern area is a fantastic place for all forms of cycling and is hugely popular locally so welcoming the Tour of Britain is a great opportunity to highlight the sport, the area and the enjoyment of cycling."

Along with Liam, fellow mountain bike World Champion Tracy Moseley is supporting local cycle group, Malvern Cycle Sport, with the Birchwood Bash at Storridge on September 13th and 14th.

The event will commence on Saturday, September 13, with a day of top class mountain bike skills coaching for five to 16 year olds with the opportunity for them to put those skills into practise with a race day for all ages on Sunday.

A documentary, Bicycle, exploring the history of the bicycle in Britain will also be aired on Thursday, September 11, which will feature Tracy.

Simon Smith, Economic Development Manager at Malvern Hills District Council, said: “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase a sport that is very close to our hearts locally and to welcome the Tour through the two towns. "

In addition, the WI Centenary baton will also be passing through on the same day. The baton is travelling the country stopping at various Women's Institutes to mark the charity's 100 year anniversary.

The activity week starts on Sunday, September 7, until Sunday, September, 14.

The full programme can be seen at visitthemalverns.org/tour_of_britain

For more details, or to register, on he Birchwood Bash visit britishcycling.org.uk and search for Birchwood

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11:42am Sat 16 Aug 14

localman69 says...

Oh God. I suppose this will encourage even more Fat Men in Lycra. Roads closed also at a guess. Couldn't we just get them to tootle round the Showground? That way those that want to see them can go ahead and do so. The rest of us can go about our business normally.
Oh God. I suppose this will encourage even more Fat Men in Lycra. Roads closed also at a guess. Couldn't we just get them to tootle round the Showground? That way those that want to see them can go ahead and do so. The rest of us can go about our business normally. localman69
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6:09pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Karl Hunderson says...

localman69 wrote:
Oh God. I suppose this will encourage even more Fat Men in Lycra. Roads closed also at a guess. Couldn't we just get them to tootle round the Showground? That way those that want to see them can go ahead and do so. The rest of us can go about our business normally.
I see the mood-hoovers are out again.
[quote][p][bold]localman69[/bold] wrote: Oh God. I suppose this will encourage even more Fat Men in Lycra. Roads closed also at a guess. Couldn't we just get them to tootle round the Showground? That way those that want to see them can go ahead and do so. The rest of us can go about our business normally.[/p][/quote]I see the mood-hoovers are out again. Karl Hunderson
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10:25am Sun 17 Aug 14

localman69 says...

I had to look that one up. So in your world no-one can post a comment that you think is negative? Freedom of speech, it's called.

Why does the Council think it is 'a good thing' ? What's wrong with them going round the Showground? Why mess up everyone else's daily activities for a few blokes in sweaty lycra?
I had to look that one up. So in your world no-one can post a comment that you think is negative? Freedom of speech, it's called. Why does the Council think it is 'a good thing' ? What's wrong with them going round the Showground? Why mess up everyone else's daily activities for a few blokes in sweaty lycra? localman69
  • Score: -1

10:02pm Sun 17 Aug 14

GeeRDee says...

"What's wrong with them going round the Showground?" Really LocalMan69 ?
Now that would be a TV spectacle wouldn't it? Stop being negative and hiding behind the "freedom of speech" sanctuary.
On the day that they're in our neck of the woods the teams will ride about 115 miles starting in Worcester and finishing in Bristol.
They'll be here and gone again before you know it and then you can go about your precious business unhindered again.
"What's wrong with them going round the Showground?" Really LocalMan69 ? Now that would be a TV spectacle wouldn't it? Stop being negative and hiding behind the "freedom of speech" sanctuary. On the day that they're in our neck of the woods the teams will ride about 115 miles starting in Worcester and finishing in Bristol. They'll be here and gone again before you know it and then you can go about your precious business unhindered again. GeeRDee
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9:01am Mon 18 Aug 14

david350uk says...

localman69 is spot on, their a menace on the roads when in 1's and 2's in this large kiddies group that they like to cycle around in their just wasting every bodies time.
localman69 is spot on, their a menace on the roads when in 1's and 2's in this large kiddies group that they like to cycle around in their just wasting every bodies time. david350uk
  • Score: -1

11:33am Mon 18 Aug 14

localman69 says...

GeeRDee wrote:
"What's wrong with them going round the Showground?" Really LocalMan69 ?
Now that would be a TV spectacle wouldn't it? Stop being negative and hiding behind the "freedom of speech" sanctuary.
On the day that they're in our neck of the woods the teams will ride about 115 miles starting in Worcester and finishing in Bristol.
They'll be here and gone again before you know it and then you can go about your precious business unhindered again.
Oh right. Really? So they know exactly when they will be arriving? No they don't. So they will close off the streets probably for several hours beforehand quoting Health & safety. Then take another hour to open them again.

Tell me, presumably you will be squeezing into your Size 24 lycra and waving at them as they go by?
[quote][p][bold]GeeRDee[/bold] wrote: "What's wrong with them going round the Showground?" Really LocalMan69 ? Now that would be a TV spectacle wouldn't it? Stop being negative and hiding behind the "freedom of speech" sanctuary. On the day that they're in our neck of the woods the teams will ride about 115 miles starting in Worcester and finishing in Bristol. They'll be here and gone again before you know it and then you can go about your precious business unhindered again.[/p][/quote]Oh right. Really? So they know exactly when they will be arriving? No they don't. So they will close off the streets probably for several hours beforehand quoting Health & safety. Then take another hour to open them again. Tell me, presumably you will be squeezing into your Size 24 lycra and waving at them as they go by? localman69
  • Score: 1

3:15pm Mon 18 Aug 14

GeeRDee says...

Oh here we go. The Moaners of Malvern again. What is it with you people - the doom-mongers who resent any 'different' activity coming in to Malvern?
Complaining about the bikes, the music, the walkers, the paragliders etc. It's time to get over your own self importance.

The 'Tour of Britain' is precisely that. You can't have international teams of athletes ride around a showground or a car park or any other idiotic idea that you can come up with.
Oh here we go. The Moaners of Malvern again. What is it with you people - the doom-mongers who resent any 'different' activity coming in to Malvern? Complaining about the bikes, the music, the walkers, the paragliders etc. It's time to get over your own self importance. The 'Tour of Britain' is precisely that. You can't have international teams of athletes ride around a showground or a car park or any other idiotic idea that you can come up with. GeeRDee
  • Score: 1

5:35pm Mon 18 Aug 14

pudniw_gib says...

The race itself will be inside a rolling road closure so not closed all round the route all day, usually there is a delay of a few minutes at most as the race passes through any particular place.
The Malvern section will have the riders close together, even if there is a break in group of riders itll be no more than a few mins at most so roads only closed for a very short time.
Church Street will be shut for a fair bit of the day for biking activities.
I'm taking some rides out on Sunday 7th and 8th , 35miles and 15 miles respectively.
The Tour of Britain now has a high place in international racing and attracts the best athletes in the world, Wiggins, Cavendish, Millar, Quintana et al... these are like Beckham, Pele and Rooney playing at your local footy pitch.
The race itself will be inside a rolling road closure so not closed all round the route all day, usually there is a delay of a few minutes at most as the race passes through any particular place. The Malvern section will have the riders close together, even if there is a break in group of riders itll be no more than a few mins at most so roads only closed for a very short time. Church Street will be shut for a fair bit of the day for biking activities. I'm taking some rides out on Sunday 7th and 8th , 35miles and 15 miles respectively. The Tour of Britain now has a high place in international racing and attracts the best athletes in the world, Wiggins, Cavendish, Millar, Quintana et al... these are like Beckham, Pele and Rooney playing at your local footy pitch. pudniw_gib
  • Score: 2

5:44pm Mon 18 Aug 14

pudniw_gib says...

Monday the 8th .. not Sunday... doh....
Monday the 8th .. not Sunday... doh.... pudniw_gib
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