DUMFRIES and Galloway is set to host part of a nation-wide cycling tour of Britain.
One round of the 2021 Tour Series, the UK’s premier circuit race series, will bring Britain’s best teams and riders to Stewartry in May to race on a short, closed-road circuit.
Dumfries and Galloway Council will provide funding for the event, with television coverage featuring on ITV4. Members of the community are also being encouraged to join in with various events and activities being put on for the occasion.
Councillor Andy Ferguson, Chair of the Communities Committee for Dumfries and Galloway Council said: “The Council is serious about promoting cycling for health and wellbeing, and I’m thrilled to announce we can do so with the support of our friends at the Tour of Britain.
“The forthcoming Tour Series race will attract thousands of spectators – if it is safe to do so in May 2021– and help our marketing plans to make Dumfries and Galloway one of the UK’s leading cycling destinations in 2021.”
Nick Chisholm, Project Manager for the Galloway Glens project, which is part of the consortium bringing the event to the region, added: “The cycling opportunities in Dumfries and Galloway are awesome with a maze of quiet roads and roads suitable for all abilities.
“This is the first time that the thrills and spills of criterium racing has been brought to the region.
“The Galloway Glens team are all excited to support this event and to get behind the Spring Marketing Campaign that is being prepared.”