George Osborne MP has leant his support to the Tour of Britain’s stage finish at Tatton Park, which will see Britain’s biggest professional cycling event race through the heart of his constituency twice on 6 September.

George Osborne, MP for Tatton, met with Cllr James Power the Chair of Knutsford’s Tour of Britain sub-committee, Cllr Hayley Wells-Bradshaw, Rupert Wakefield from Event Buddha and Heather Clawson from TEM Events (part of Tatton Estate Management) to discuss the upcoming race, which is coming through Knutsford twice on Tuesday 6 September as a part of the Cheshire East stage of the Tour.

The meeting at The Courtyard Coffee House, known locally as the Penny Farthing, is home to the Penny Farthing Museum, a celebration of one of the earliest types of bicycle whose popularity in the late Victorian era coincided with the birth of cycling as a sport.

George Osborne MP said: "I am so proud that Cheshire East is hosting the third stage of this prestigious cycling race and preparations are well underway across my constituency to celebrate. The whole community is coming together to mark the event and I have lost count of the number of orange bikes I've seen in our towns and villages.”

"Anyone who, like me, has cycled in the hills around Macclesfield will know that this is going to be a tough race for the competitors so I hope that everyone will line the streets to cheer them on."

To promote the race over 30-bikes have been professionally sprayed by Cheshire Auto body free of charge. The orange bikes have been put in place and decorated by local businesses in and around Knutsford, with many more spread around the route of the Cheshire East stage in the likes of Congleton, Alsager and Alderley Edge.

Cllr James Power said: "The Tour of Britain is going to be superb and will really highlight the beauty and the character of the town. We have worked very hard with TEM events and Event Buddha to create our very own Cycle Festival on the Heath. The Cyclefest is free to enter and will be a great way to promote Knutsford."

Heather Clawson said, "TEM Events and the Tatton Estates are thrilled to be working with Knutsford Town Council, local firms and the hugely successful Makers Market team to showcase our town's unique character and history and have agreed a generous profit share from the event going back to the town for the good of the whole community."

Stage Three of the Tour of Britain will pass through Knutsford twice, once at around 13:00 as it races in from Holmes Chapel along the A50, before entering Tatton Park via the Knutsford Gate to pass through the finish line.

The race will then return in the closing kilometres at around 15:15 on the A537 from Chelford, again entering Tatton Park via the Knutsford Gate for the sprint to the line.  

In addition to the big screen and promotional area at the finish in the park close to the Tatton Mansion, spectators can also attend Knutsford’s own Cyclefest event on the Heath, which lies on the route for both passages through the town.

To find out more about the activities planned in Knutsford click here, or to visit the Cheshire East Tour of Britain micro-site click here.

You can find details of the Stage Three route, including an interactive map and ETA document by clicking here.

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