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Gateshead schoolchildren gear up to cheer on the Tour of Britain

Children waving on the cyclists

Thousands of Gateshead school children will be leaving their classrooms next week to cheer on the cyclists competing in the UK's biggest and most prestigious professional cycling race.

Around 3,500 children from 28 schools will be watching this year's Tour of Britain cycle race at key locations across the borough with many of them waving flags and banners they have designed as the competitors pass.

Pupils from four of Gateshead's schools - St Wilfrid's RC Primary, Bill Quay Primary, St Joseph's Highfield and Windy Nook Primary - have been given priority access to a dedicated spectator zone on South Shore Road on Gateshead Quays so they can view the start of the day's 106-mile Stage Four close up.

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And 20 children have been chosen to act as team mascots and will accompany the teams as they formally sign-in at the start.

A further group of young people have been specially chosen to lead the competitors along the first 200 metres of the start on South Shore Road. These youngsters have been identified as part of the Gateshead School Sport Partnership's 'Sports Achiever' Programme which recognises young people for their achievement, dedication, commitment, progress, courage and determination throughout the year.

Councillor Angela Douglas, Cabinet member for Culture, Sport and Leisure, says "This is a great opportunity for our school children to observe an amazing sporting spectacle at really close quarters.

"Schools have been working towards this major event for some months now and I know there's a huge amount of excitement. We are hoping that the roads will be lined with people cheering on the competitors and I'm sure our children will be leading the cheering.

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"The experience of seeing these incredible sportsmen so close will make a lasting impression, and who knows - we might even encourage a few people to get on their own bikes and give it go."

Stage Four of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain will start at 11am on South Shore Road near the Gateshead Millennium Bridge before heading out across Gateshead through Low Fell, past the Angel of the North, passing through Birtley, Lamesley, Whickham, Swalwell, Blaydon, Winlaton and Chopwell, leaving Gateshead at Blackhall Mill.

Rolling road blocks will be in place along the route, with traffic halted just ahead of the competitors and then re-opening the road after the cyclists and support vehicles have passed.

The best place to watch the start is from Baltic Square and Performance Square on Gateshead Quays, where there will be a wide range of other activities including live music, street entertainment, zumba and spinning. Access to this area by road will be limited and spectators are advised to come on foot or bicycle if possible.

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South Shore Road on Gateshead Quays will be closed to traffic from 8pm on Monday September 9.

Stage Four is considered the toughest of the race, covering a total of 106 miles and taking riders through Gateshead, County Durham and across the Yorkshire Dales National Park to an uphill finish in Kendal, Cumbria.

The Tour of Britain is free to watch for all spectators and it is a great opportunity to witness 120 of the world's top riders go head-to-head over some of the toughest roads in Britain.

For more information, including route details and timings, please visit our .

Children waving on the cyclists
06 September 2019

Thousands of Gateshead school children will be leaving their classrooms next week to cheer on the cyclists competing in the UK's biggest and most prestigious professional cycling race.

Around 3,500 children from 28 schools will be watching this year's Tour of Britain cycle race at key locations across the borough with many of them waving flags and banners they have designed as the competitors pass.

Pupils from four of Gateshead's schools - St Wilfrid's RC Primary, Bill Quay Primary, St Joseph's Highfield and Windy Nook Primary - have been given priority access to a dedicated spectator zone on South Shore Road on Gateshead Quays so they can view the start of the day's 106-mile Stage Four close up.

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And 20 children have been chosen to act as team mascots and will accompany the teams as they formally sign-in at the start.

A further group of young people have been specially chosen to lead the competitors along the first 200 metres of the start on South Shore Road. These youngsters have been identified as part of the Gateshead School Sport Partnership's 'Sports Achiever' Programme which recognises young people for their achievement, dedication, commitment, progress, courage and determination throughout the year.

Councillor Angela Douglas, Cabinet member for Culture, Sport and Leisure, says "This is a great opportunity for our school children to observe an amazing sporting spectacle at really close quarters.

"Schools have been working towards this major event for some months now and I know there's a huge amount of excitement. We are hoping that the roads will be lined with people cheering on the competitors and I'm sure our children will be leading the cheering.

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"The experience of seeing these incredible sportsmen so close will make a lasting impression, and who knows - we might even encourage a few people to get on their own bikes and give it go."

Stage Four of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain will start at 11am on South Shore Road near the Gateshead Millennium Bridge before heading out across Gateshead through Low Fell, past the Angel of the North, passing through Birtley, Lamesley, Whickham, Swalwell, Blaydon, Winlaton and Chopwell, leaving Gateshead at Blackhall Mill.

Rolling road blocks will be in place along the route, with traffic halted just ahead of the competitors and then re-opening the road after the cyclists and support vehicles have passed.

The best place to watch the start is from Baltic Square and Performance Square on Gateshead Quays, where there will be a wide range of other activities including live music, street entertainment, zumba and spinning. Access to this area by road will be limited and spectators are advised to come on foot or bicycle if possible.

Tour of Britain
South Shore Road on Gateshead Quays will be closed to traffic from 8pm on Monday September 9.

Stage Four is considered the toughest of the race, covering a total of 106 miles and taking riders through Gateshead, County Durham and across the Yorkshire Dales National Park to an uphill finish in Kendal, Cumbria.

The Tour of Britain is free to watch for all spectators and it is a great opportunity to witness 120 of the world's top riders go head-to-head over some of the toughest roads in Britain.

For more information, including route details and timings, please visit our .

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