Dumfries and Galloway Council is to provide free transport to the Tour of Britain at Drumlanrig Castle for up to 500 cycling fans.
The Tour is returning yet again to Dumfries and Galloway, which will receive worldwide publicity for hosting the Scottish Stage and Grand Depart on Sunday 15 September. More than 8000 spectators are forecast to descend on Drumlanrig Castle, for the UK’s blue riband cycling event. The Tour of Britain has sold television rights to more than 140 countries worldwide, and the race will be televised live on ITV4. The Day One, Scottish Stage will be the longest Stage in Tour history, an energy sapping 209 km between Peebles and Drumlanrig.
The Council is putting on free transport to Drumlanrig Castle in recognition of the tremendous support the Tour received at Dumfries in 2011 and 2012, to ease congestion and to make it as easy as possible for local people to attend the event on a Sunday.
Up to five hundred spectators will be accommodated in the free travel initiative. Interested cycling fans can go to www.gosmartdumfries.co.uk and book their place.
The Council is working with community transport providers to ensure that people have the option of taking buses to the event from Dumfries, and direct from the Glenkens, Moffat, Upper Nithsdale and Thornhill.
The majority of buses will leave from DG One, Dumfries at 12pm, returning 45 minutes after the Scottish Stage finishes.
Councillor Finlay Carson, the Events Champion said, “The Tour of Britain is one of the most significant events to take place in our region each year and the Council is committed to creating access to it. Council funding of free buses to the Tour makes sense from an events management and environmental perspective. I hope that all 500 free places are taken up and that the thousands of spectators enjoy a fantastic day out at the Tour of Britain.”
The Council is working closely with Buccleuch Estates to promote the Tour of Britain and ensure that all runs smoothly on Sunday 15 September. World class cycling teams have already signed up for the 2013 Tour and hopes are high that Chris Froome, Mark Cavendish and Sir Bradley Wiggins will be in the field.