You can’t really live or work in the UK right now without knowing that the Tour of Britain, our principal cycle race and the country’s largest free-to-spectate sporting event, is taking place even as we speak. And it’s such a wonderfully British event, with its origins in cycle races taking place just after the end of WWII. The current race includes 7 stages and the cyclists will cover well over 1000km over the next few days. You’ve also no doubt kept up with the news about Sir Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish.
Cycling has been popular for many years but has really taken the country by storm recently because it’s far cheaper than driving, much better for the environment and an easy way to stay fit (well, it’s easy for some of us). Zipping through traffic jams on morning commutes is also somewhat of an advantage.
On Friday the 12th, we’ll be welcoming the competitors with open arms as they reach our beautiful and historical city of Bath. Did you know that Bath is actually part of several cycle networks, including the Two Tunnels, Kennet & Avon Canal Path and the ever popular Bristol to Bath Cycle Path? What fabulous picturesque scenery for cyclists to enjoy!
Here at Gradwell, we’re particularly excited for the event to reach our home turf, as the buzz of competition and spectator enthusiasm will surely remind us how proud we are of our city. Not to mention, we’ve put a few banners around the city in support of Team Great Britain. Several of our team members are keen cyclists and are really looking forward to the day. We wonder if they will be slipping away during work to catch a bit of the race, which is okay because Gradwell is really supportive of our community and of cycling. We’ve even implemented a cycle to work scheme as a company benefit. You can be certain Gradwell will be right at the front of the crowd cheering the cyclists as loudly as we can!
For more information about The Tour of Britain there are maps, results and videos galore on the official Tour of Britain website.