Words by Nikki Hotchin
Cornwall will host the Tour of Britain for the first time ever on the 5th September 2021, with the Grand Départ of this year’s race seeing riders travel 170 kilometres through the Cornish countryside, starting at Penzance and ending in Bodmin.
The stage’s route will also visit St Just, St Ives, Hayle, Camborne, Pool, Redruth, Falmouth, Penryn, Truro, Newquay, St Austell and the Eden Project.
In St Austell, we’ll be celebrating and joining in with all the fun in our communities along the route.
- At St Austell Library on Sunday 5 September there will be Race Day Cream Tea and Pasties from 12:30 on the lawn. Halfords will be in attendance to support with any bicycle repairs.
- There will be a Party in the Park at Poltair Park from 11.00 to 16.00 organised by Stepping Stones Childcare. A variety of stalls, bouncy castles, dance troops, animal encounters, food stall and refreshments.
- A Tour de Britain Fun Day in Truro Park, 13.00 to 16.00. Lots of fun and games, bouncy castle, kiddies roundabout, face painting, balloon modelling. Come and see the snakes and spiders with Marks Ark, a Dance Work Shop, fire engine, Tombola. Hot food, teas and coffee, cold drinks. Ideally-placed to see the race go by.
- Tregrehan Mills near St. Blazey will be holding a ‘Party in the Park’ from 12.00 noon to 18:00. It will include a male voice choir, a rock choir, the Garker Street Band, stalls, dog show and obstacle races. The village will be decorated with bikes and bunting. Parking available for blue badge holders only, so others please walk or cycle to the event.
- Bugle will be hosting a ‘fun day’ in the Sunday School building which is on the race route. Refreshments – tea, coffee, pasties and cream teas, decorated bikes on display, competition for the best-decorated cycle helmet, flag and badge-making for the children (prior to the race coming through, so, expect a lot of flag waving as the peleton comes through the village!, estimated at 15.15. Banner making and music. All monies raised donated to Bugle Youth Club and other community projects.
To find out more about the route visit their website here