8 September 2017
On Tuesday (5 September 2017), North Lincolnshire hosted the third stage of this year’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain with tens of thousands of residents and visitors lining the route to cheer on the riders.
To help the race run as smoothly as possible, North Lincolnshire Council enlisted the help of an army of 130 local volunteers who gave up their days to become stage three Race Makers.
Our Race Makers were out and about along the route and around the start at Normanby Hall Country Park and finish in Central Park, making sure the public were safe and excited for the race.
One race maker, Maggie Zergi, said, “Volunteering was amazing. Five hours well spent. I’m so glad I became a Race Maker; I loved it!”
Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council was eager to thank the volunteers. He said:
“We’ve already seen how North Lincolnshire is getting behind the Tour of Britain by decorating their town or village to ensure it looked its best on race day. With our outstanding volunteers, we’re also showing that North Lincolnshire people are completely behind the Tour and are proud that North Lincolnshire got to host a full stage.
“The race organisers, Sweetspot, have complemented our volunteer Race Makers for their enthusiasm and organization. We are really proud and so thankful to everyone who has helped showcase our area to the world.”
To thank our Race Makers for their hard work on race day, sponsors, local businesses and even some volunteers themselves have kindly donated 100 prizes to be raffled off to the volunteers. These include cycling equipment, free ice cream, discount vouchers worth £200 and even an official King of the Mountains Tour of Britain jersey.
At the exciting photo-finish by Central Park in Scunthorpe, Caleb Ewan of team Orica Scott burst over the line to reclaim the winner’s OVO Energy green jersey for the second time in this year’s Tour of Britain.
The race was broadcast live on ITV4 and in over 100 countries around the world.
Cllr Waltham continued:
“We were expecting crowds of up to 200,000 along the route and, despite the rain at the start of the race, tens of thousands of people still lined the route around North Lincolnshire to cheer on the riders.
“In hosting the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, we have seen a boost to our local economy with hotels fully booked, businesses benefitting from extra trades and a sharp rise in the number of investment enquiries.
“We have shown North Lincolnshire to be a fantastic place to live, work, visit and invest.”
Over 500 riders will hit the streets of North Lincolnshire again this weekend as the North Lincolnshire Tour of Britain Sportive sets off from Civic Centre on Sunday 10 September.
The amateur riders will get to experience just what it was like for the pros as the sportive follows much of same route as the Tour of Britain. Across North Lincolnshire, many of the green bikes and decorations will still be out to welcome the riders.