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North-east councils launch drive ahead of cycling festival to mark start of Tour of Britain

North-east councils launch drive ahead of cycling festival to mark start of Tour of Britain

The city council and cycling groups are arranging the festivities for the Tour of Britain Grand Depart weekend. North-east council bosses are urging people to…

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The city council and cycling groups are arranging the festivities for the Tour of Britain Grand Depart weekend. North-east council bosses are urging people to get involved in a huge weekend of cycling activities across the region to mark the start of this year’s Tour of Britain.

A packed programme has been announced for the build-up to the UK’s biggest professional road cycling race, which will start from Aberdeen on September 4. The Grand Depart will begin on Union Street and finish at the Glenshee Ski Centre in Deeside .

Aberdeenshire Council is planning a fortnight of activities which will include talks with professional cyclists and a campaign to encourage children to get on their bikes. And the day before the race kicks off, Aberdeen City Council will present the Getabout Aberdeen Cycling Festival with a series of bike races as well as fun-filled activities like face painting, Dr Bike and a climbing wall.

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The festival will be part-funded by active travel charity Paths for All, whose Smarter Choices, Smarter Places campaign is leading a drive for Scotland to become a more cycling-friendly country. Tour of Britain mascot ToBi has also returned to the region for the first time since it hosted last year’s Final Stage and will visit city schools in the coming weeks.

Businesses across the city are also being urged to join in the festivities by decorating their windows with a cycling theme […]

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