[P]ainted bicycles are going up all over Ambleside to welcome the Tour of Britain to the town on Monday September 5 – and the thousands of bike fans who are expected to flock there.
The colourful display of bikes has been organised by Ambleside Together, whose chairman Andrew Hewitt said: “This is going to be a massive event, much like the start of the Tour de France in Yorkshire in 2014, and we thought we’d follow suit by decorating the town in bikes.”
All very well and good, except the committee had trouble agreeing on the colours. Andrew, the manager of the Regent Hotel at Waterhead, said: “We ended up choosing yellow, which is associated with road racing, but I decided to do it my way. I chose green, blue and white to represent the colours of Cumbria.”
His bike is outside the Waterhead Hotel and others are springing up around the town. Britain’s biggest cycle sportive will head through Ambleside to race up the Struggle to the Kirkstone Pass, the steepest climb of the whole event.
Ambleside Together have arranged for a giant screen to be placed in the grounds of the University of Cumbria on Rydal Road so that cycling fans can watch live coverage of the entire event, free, as well as watching heroes Mark Cavendish and Sir Bradley Wiggins in action on the hill. The University’s Barn café will have extended opening all day to serve refreshments and extra car parking will be available at the rugby and football fields.