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Tour of Britain to help celebrate cycling in the Forest of Dean

Posted on 02nd September 2016

The Tour of Britain passing through a town brings excitement and entertainment to a location. With this year’s race making its way through the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean, local officials are planning a celebration of cycling.

Bicycle in the Forest Of Dean

There will be food, live entertainment and a creative art trail of bicycles to celebrate the annual event. It will all coincide with Stage Five of the race being held on 8 September. The 127 mile-portion takes riders from Aberdare to Bath. The Gloucestershire route will take an international field of cyclists over the Bigsweir Bridge and past Tintern Abbey and Puzzlewood.

A highlight of the region’s enjoyment of cycling, local leaders have commissioned the creation of a cycling-inspired art trail. Over a dozen bikes will be decorated by members of the local tourism association and will find a home at local tourist destinations.

Maureen McAllister, executive director of Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism, spoke to local media about the bike trail.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome the Tour of Britain to the area,” she said. “We wanted to showcase everything visitors to the area can discover and enjoy.”

“Something about the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean sparks creativity – everyone from Turner to JJ Abrams have drawn inspiration from the stunning landscapes and landmarks,” she continued. “The decorated bike trail captures this and combines it with our love of everything cycling.”

For those looking for an active and fun cottage holiday in the Forest of Dean, the region is the perfect destination for cyclists. There are 44 miles of marked cycling trails in the area.

“As a destination, we are very proud of what we have to offer cyclists,” said Ian Officer, chair of Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism and owner of Pedalabikeway. “From cottages to cafes, the area is bursting with cyclist-friendly attractions and accommodation.”

“The trail is a great way to celebrate this whilst we prepare to cheer on the cyclists of the Tour of Britain,” he said.

Image Credit: shirokazan (flickr.com)