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detailed route is kept secret until closer to the event, but the outline was
On Wed 10th Sep the race comes down across the Borders, past
Alnwick, then down to a finish in Blyth.
On Thur 11th the race starts in
Prudhoe then heads west right along the Tyne Valley into Cumbria then looping
back for a west to east climb up Hartside. Some of the logic for the route is
getting a balance between variation for the racers, a dramatic backdrop, but
also accessibility for onlookers. i.e. there might be some roads which would
seem very pretty to hold the race, but when cordoned off would make it very
hard for large numbers of people to reach.
The race is clearly the pinnacle of speed and power, but the hope is it will
help stimulate cycling across the full spectrum, in fact particularly those who
can currently barely cycle. So encourage your local schools and
community groups to plan activities leveraging the occurrence of the race.