Businesses, community groups and residents in North Tyneside are being urged to show their support and passion for cycling by helping decorate the OVO Energy Tour of Britain race route.

People can take part in the colourful project painting and displaying old or unwanted bikes to celebrate Stage Three of the race on Monday 9 September.

Anyone can also get involved by dressing their streets and shop windows with colourful bunting, flags, floral or cycling displays.

The 114-mile stage starts in Berwick, passing through Northumberland and onto the North Tyneside coast taking in Whitley Bay through to North Shields and into Wallsend, before continuing to Newcastle city centre, with a spectacular finish on Grey Street.

In 2017 the Tour of Britain swept through Northumberland creating a wave of excitement as some of the world’s top cyclists cycled through our communities.

Residents and businesses colourfully dressed the route with bikes and bunting, and thousands of spectators lined the route to cheer on the riders and give them a fantastic welcome.

The eight-stage race runs from 7 to 14 September –  full route details can be found here.

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