Deadline is looming: final rally call made for ‘People’s Peloton’

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Nominations for a People’s Peloton that will process around Clitheroe town centre prior to the start of Stage Two the 2015 Aviva Tour of Britain are in top gear.

The world’s top cyclists and tens of thousands of spectators look set to descend on Ribble Valley and Pendle on September 7th for the event, which will see 20 of the world’s top cycling teams, including Olympic and world champions, and Tour de France stage winners, power through the two boroughs on a tough 162km route from Clitheroe to Colne.

The search for community champions and heroes to take part in a People’s Peloton under police escort prior to the start of the top race has attracted much interest.

Participants in the People’s Peloton will take part in a major sporting event and be recognised for their positive contribution.

Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Stuart Hirst said: “The Tour of Britain is the most significant event in Ribble Valley’s 40-year history and we want the community to join us in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Rather like the Olympic torchbearers in London 2012, we are looking for Ribble Valley’s unsung heroes and heroines to enjoy their moment in the spotlight.

“The People’s Peloton has certainly captured the public imagination and we have received many excellent nominations, but there is still time to propose your favourite community champion.”

Nominees for the People’s Peloton can be community champions from any walk of life, but they must live in Ribble Valley, have access to a bike, be able to cycle a 1km route around the town centre and be available on Monday September 7th. To nominate someone, write in 100 words or so why you think they should take part, and email it, before next Friday, August 28th, to thetour@ribblevalley.gov.uk, or post it to Theresa Sanderson, RVBC, Church Walk, Clitheroe, BB7 2RA. Nominations must include contact details.