Olympics, Tour of Britain

Surrey’s Tour de France bid to build on Olympic success

 

TeamGB's Bradley Wiggins on his way to winning gold at the 2012 Olympic time trial

Team GB’s Bradley Wiggins on his way to winning gold at the 2012 Olympic time trial

Surrey County Council is planning a bid to host a stage of the Tour de France following Team GB’s Olympic cycling success on the county’s roads.

Hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets of Surrey to watch cycling stars, including medal winners Bradley Wiggins, Lizzie Armitstead and Chris Froome, compete in the time trials and road races.

David Hodge, Leader of Surrey County Council, said: “Surrey has been the epicentre of world cycling over the past few days, cementing the county’s reputation as a world class place to ride. We’re looking at putting together a bid to host a stage of the Tour de France to build on the success of the Olympic cycle races. In September, we’ll be welcoming elite cycling back to Surrey when we host a stage of the Tour of Britain.”

Following the Olympic cycling events in Surrey, roads reopened either ahead of schedule or on time thanks to more than two years of preparation ensuring everything ran as smoothly as possible.

Mr Hodge added: “We’ve had huge crowds supporting the Olympic cyclists in recent days. People have been fantastic and showed their enthusiasm for the sport. Thanks to everyone’s efforts disruption was kept to a minimum and we showed Surrey off to the world. I’m delighted that by hosting these events Surrey played its part in helping Team GB’s medal winners create Olympic history on our doorsteps.

“I’d like to thank the people of Surrey for their patience and understanding during the last few days. I hope they enjoyed seeing such wonderful Olympic events for free in their neighbourhoods. The success of the events is also down to organisations across Surrey including the police and borough and district councils working closely together.”

Staging the Surrey sections of the Olympic cycle races and time trials took 42 miles of roadside barriers, 5,000 cones, 4,000 road signs and 545 road closures. There was also an army of 6,000 stewards, volunteers and workers.

Surrey’s dedicated Olympic website gosurrey.info was visited around 200,000 times during the three event days in the county. The website provided all the information people needed to enjoy the Games and avoid disruption.

ENDS

Media requiring more information can contact Surrey County Council senior media relations officer James Oxley at james.oxley@surreycc.gov.uk

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