Popular race may return to Ribble Valley

Crowds turn out to watch stage 2 of the Tour of Britain heads down Berry Lane and passes through Longridge

Crowds turn out to watch stage 2 of the Tour of Britain heads down Berry Lane and passes through Longridge

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The Tour of Britain could be returning to Lancashire after the leader of Ribble Valley said the borough “will be feeling the benfits for years”.

The UK’s biggest professional cycling race – along with some of the world’s most famous cyclists – came through Ribble Valley last Monday.

And council leader Stuart Hirst has labelled the event as “one of the most significant projects to be undertaken by the council” and says he will reflect on this year’s success before deciding on whether to host future events.

“The borough really did itself proud and I would like to thank everyone who helped to make the event such a great success, including council staff, schools, businesses and community groups,” Coun Hirst said.

“We really put Ribble Valley on the map and will be feeling the benefits for years. The Tour of Britain is one of the most significant projects to be undertaken by the council in its 40-year history, reflecting the ambitious and confident way in which we are promoting and developing the area’s economic potential.

“We will be reflecting on the success of the event over the coming weeks and considering whether we could host it again in future years.”

The race saw thousands of Ribble Valley locals and people who had travelled from all over the country crowd the streets of various towns to cheer on the likes of Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins.