Tour of Britain comes to Knutsford
Last week Tatton Park saw the installation of an unusual bicycle structure to welcome the Tour of Britain coming to Cheshire East. One of many orange bike features that are now being seen around the Borough, the work will provide a focal point for the thousands of visitors expected to visit Tatton Park on the 6th September
Created by Wimboldsley-based artist Deborah Moses, regarded as one of the leading kiln formed glass artists of today and who founded TSZ studio in 2004, the bikes are located out in the parkland on view from the Knutsford Drive on the approach towards the mansion. Deborah who normally delivers innovative designs and contemporary forms for her clients wanted to produce something to celebrate the Tour of Britain in Cheshire East. This is one of two pieces she has prepared, the other being in Middlewich.
The Tour of Britain is the largest free to attend sporting event and begins in Glasgow on September 4 and concludes in London on September 11 with 10 of the Union Cycliste Internationale’s (UCI) top level world tour teams among the 20 teams competing this year - including Tour de France winners, Team Sky.
Comprising eight stages in total, the race heads to Cheshire for Stage Three on Tuesday, September 6, and will see riders cycling just over 111 miles between Congleton and Tatton Park in Knutsford, setting off at 11am and finishing at around 3.30pm. It is the only stage that is being held completely within one county.
Councillor David Brown commented “Visitors to Tatton Park on this day will have the unique chance to watch the peloton twice as it streams through the glorious vista of the beautiful parkland. After their first visit cyclists head off up in to the Cheshire Peaks and make their way back a couple of hours later to sprint along the deer fringed avenues to the finish line in view of Tatton’s Mansion.”
Tatton Park will be free to enter all day and visitors will have complimentary entry to the Mansion, Farm and Gardens to celebrate the event
Tatton Park will open at 8am and attractions will open at 10am. Tatton’s shops, restaurant will also be open with plenty of additional catering opportunities on site. The first wave of the Tour is expected through the park around lunchtime and will uniquely come round for a second time when the winner is likely to cross the finish line between 3pm and 4pm. There will be music, dance and cycle challenges to entertain visitors plus all the Promo Zone activity that accompanies the Tour. Why not make a day of it!
For more details about Stage 3 of the Tour of Britain, including an interactive map detailing the route and information about events going on in your local area, visit cheshiretourofbritain.co.uk.