Britain cyclists speed through Burnham-On-Sea area
of Europe's leading cyclists speeded through the Burnham-On-Sea
area on Friday (16th September) when stage
six of the Tour of Britain cycle race visited Somerset.
91-mile Somerset leg of the UKs largest free-to-watch sporting
event gave the crowds who lined the route from Taunton to Wells
a memorable spactacle.
Those watching the finale in Wells saw a high-speed pass of the
finish line in Priory Road, then a 19 mile loop took the riders
out to Shepton Mallet.
Lars Boom won the stage and extended his lead in the race.
The stage also passed through Shapwick before reaching Burtle,
Watchfield, Mark, Blackford and Wedmore. Some of the biggest crowds
were around Cheddar Gorge, one of the landmarks along the stage.
Tour of Britain 2011 began in Peebles on Sunday 11th September
and finishes in London on 18th September. ITV4 is showing daily
highlights of the event.
After watching the end of the stage in Wells, Somerset County
Councils Cabinet Member responsible for Highways, Councillor
Harvey Siggs, said: "My congratulations to the Somerset stage
winner Lars Boom, and my thanks to everyone who has participated
in any way, even if only to watch these remarkable athletes."
Pictured: The Tour of Britain speeding through the village