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Forest of Dean gears up for Tour of Britain

Posted on 05th August 2015

Gloucestershire is hoping to bring the Tour of Britain cycle race to the county and this process has moved up a gear after the Forest of Dean revealed that they will be backing the bid.

Tour of Britain

Councils that are bidding to host the famous race have been told they need to find £175,000 to host the race, which takes place in Autumn in 2016. Cheltenham has been leading the bid and has donated £75,000 to host the finish line of the race. Now the local council for the Forest of Dean has contributed £25,000 in a bid for a potential race in the area to include some of the forest’s hill climbs.

This news is not just great for locals and cycling enthusiasts, as local councils can expect more people to visit on holiday in cottages in the Forest of Dean.

Councillor Richard Boyles revealed that the £26,000 that will be put forward to fund the bid comes as a result of underspending and that the race will attract more visitors.

He told the Gloucester Citizen, “It’s a very prestigious race with some big names so it would help put the Forest of Dean on the map.

“When it was in Dorset it raised millions of pounds for the local economy and brought in tourists and visitors after the event.”

Image Credit: Richard Gillin (flickr.com)