Cycle festival to be held in Ilkeston for Tour of Britain

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A free family cycle festival will be held at Rutland Sport Park in Ilkeston on Friday (September 11) between 4pm and 6pm as a celebration of the arrival of the Aviva Tour of Britain race in Erewash that day.

Erewash Borough Council has organised the fun two-hour event to salute all things two-wheeled when children aged two to six-years-old can try out the Balanceability bikes, while there will be free bike maintenance checks and lots of fun and games for all the family.

In addition, a skate park will give BMX bikers, scooter fans and skateboarders the chance to show off their skills. People can also book a place on a guided bike ride or an outdoor spin bike class by calling 0115 930 2033.

A smaller event for families and toddlers will be held at Straw’s Bridge in West Hallam between 1.30pm and 2.30pm when Balanceability bikes will again be on offer and a fun family treasure hunt with prizes.

Some of the world’s top cyclists are taking part in the internationally-renowned tour – including Sir Bradley Wiggins and fellow GB favourite Mark Cavendish - and will race through West Hallam and Ilkeston on Stage Six from early afternoon.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “There is mounting excitement at seeing the world’s best cyclists race through Erewash and we are delighted to add to the celebrations by staging these fun cycle events. It will be a great day of sport and activity – so please go along and enjoy the fun.”

The tour is expected in Stanley Common at 2.35pm.