Big Bike Day

Hundreds turn out to cheer Tour of Britain cyclists in Whaley Bridge

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Crowds turned out in their hundreds as Whaley Bridge welcomed cyclists passing through the town in the latest leg of the Tour of Britain Seconds earlier, the cyclists had sped down Long Hill from Buxton.

Watch a YouTube video of the race through Whaley Bridge HERE   (provided by Brian Bristol of Cavalier Studios)

The build-up, on a sunny September day , was pleasant. Cafes in the centre of Whaley did great trade, as did a tented bar opposite the Co-op. There were occasional cheers from the crowd, especially for a poor motorcyclist with L plates!

The arrival of the cyclists was heralded by dozens of official and police motorcycles and cars. Then, just about noon, the main group of cyclists arrived to great cheers. A TV cameraman, perched high up on the Mechanics’ Institute, recorded it all. In no time the cyclists were through Whaley Bridge, on their way to Buxworth, Chinley and Chapel. A unique and memorable morning was over in a flash.

More pictures see below

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