Organisers of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, the UK’s most prestigious cycle race, have called on Nottinghamshire and the rest of the country to bowl them over with eye-catching land and water art alongside the route of this year’s 1,140-kilometre event.
The national competition was launched at the iconic Trent Bridge cricket ground, which is on the route of the Nottinghamshire stage which will starts in West Bridgford and due for a thrilling finale in Mansfield.
More than 60 pupils from West Bridgford Junior School geared up for the competition by forming a bike shape – using giant parachutes as wheels – on the Trent Bridge cricket pitch. The race route will pass close by to the school.
The tradition of creating land art masterpieces along the route has long been the practice at the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, as well as other cycle races around the world, but this will be the first time that The Tour has held a competition to find the best piece of land art, with the winner due to receive a trophy and commemorative Tour of Britain prizes.
Community groups, schools, businesses and land owners across Britain will be encouraged to take part in the competition during the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, which takes place from Sunday 2nd to Sunday 9th September with Nottinghamshire hosting the longest and penultimate stage on Saturday 8thSeptember.
Councillor Kay Cutts, leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “It’s a great testament to the success of last year’s race that national organisers have chosen our county to launch this exciting competition.
“Nottinghamshire people came out in their thousands to line the race route which added a tremendous sparkle to the event.
“At 223kilometres, we are hosting the longest stage – so our county has a fantastic opportunity to get involved and hopefully a winner will be found here in Nottinghamshire
“Last year we had so many examples of magical landart moments provided by schools such as John Blow Primary School in Collingham and Newstead Primary School, not to mention Girton Sailing Club’s bike made of boats and the much-talked about sheep creation by Coddington-based farmer Des Allen.”
Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club all-rounder, Paul Coughlin,said: “We are lucky to regularly play in front of big Trent Bridge crowds, so I know the riders are going to really enjoy coming to Nottinghamshire for the Tour of Britain, where I’m sure spectators will come out in force.
“The land art competition is a fantastic initiative to spark interest in the race, and one that everyone can get involved with. I’m looking forward to seeing what people in the county come up with for their entries.”
The winner will receive a trophy and commemorative Tour of Britain prizes, presented in person by Mick Bennett, while the runner-up and third-place finisher will also take home trophies for their efforts.
Photos show pupils from West Bridgford Junior school helping celebrate the launch of the national landart competition, with representatives from Nottinghamshire County Council and other district partners.
L-R Nottinghamshire County Council’s Chairman, Cllr Sue Saddington, Cllr John Cottee, Farmer Des Allen, National Race Director Mick Bennett and Council Leader Cllr Kay Cutts