One of the most important cycling races in the UK is going back to its routes this Easter as 140 of the UK’s top cyclists race past Keir Mill in Dumfriesshire, the smithy where the pedal bicycle was invented in 1839.
The Tour DoonHame, a 3-Stage 265 mile road race, attracts the cream of UK road cycling talent all vying for the yellow jersey. This year’s event sees family friendly and spectator activities hosted at each Stage Finish, providing cycling fans and those new to the sport with a fun day out. Tour DoonHame is sponsored by ScottishPower Renewables and is funded by EventScotland and Dumfries & Galloway Council.
While spectators are invited to view the race from any point along the 265 mile route, family friendly activities and events are being concentrated on the stage finishes which take place in Moffat, Dumfries and Castle Douglas. Spectator highlights include:
Two Hot Sprints race through Moffat town centre and two King of the Mountain challenges taking place just to the north of Moffat on 23rd April.
The Whitesands in Dumfries is centre stage on Easter Sunday with a full programme of family friendly events, including free face painting and children’s entertainment and inaugural Bath Race on 24th April.
Castle Douglas is the finishing line for the competitors on 25th April and Scottish Cycling are hosting another Go Ride Skills Challenge for children of school age, with prizes across various age categories. Free face painting and children’s entertainment is also on offer, as well as unicycle demonstrations from Douglas the Clown, before the 140 cyclists complete their 265 mile challenge at Market Hill in Castle Douglas.
For more information about Tour DoonHame log onto www.tourdoonhame.info.
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