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Aldbourne cyclist to tackle Tour de France – one day early

 

Geoff Thomas (second left) training with his team, including James (far right)Geoff Thomas (second left) training with his team, including James (far right)Aldbourne cyclist James Maltin will be ahead of the pack at the 2015 Tour de France – by tackling the gruelling route 24 hours ahead of the main peloton.

Investment director James will be one of twenty riders joining former England international footballer and leukaemia survivor, Geoff Thomas, on his Le Tour – One Day Ahead challenge.

James, who divides his time between Aldbourne and his job at Rathbones in London, where he is taking 5am cycle rides around Richmond Park to get match fit, is the sixth rider to commit to the 3,300+ kilometre, 21-stage ride in July 2015, Le Tour – One Day Ahead.

He has previously cycled part of the Great Wall of China for Mencap in 2000 and from London to Paris for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research last summer.

It was during this recent challenge that James met Geoff Thomas and was inspired to take on the much more arduous challenge of the entire Tour route, which the team is tackling in a bid to raise £1 million for the charity Cure Leukaemia.

James said, “I am very excited, and a little nervous, about joining the team. It is going to be hard work.

“I am hugely inspired by Geoff’s story however, and by the idea of supporting Cure Leukaemia. If we can get to our target ammount, which could be worth so much more, it will make such a difference to people’s lives.”

 

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Crowds flock to Pewsey and Burbage to see the Tour of Britain peloton

From left, the breakaway group: Matthias Brandle (AUT) IAM Cycling, Alex Dowsett (GB) Moviestar, and Tom Stewart (GB) Maddison Genesis at BurbageFrom left, the breakaway group: Matthias Brandle (AUT) IAM Cycling, Alex Dowsett (GB) Moviestar, and Tom Stewart (GB) Maddison Genesis at BurbagePewsey residents painted the town red - and yellow, green and blue - for the arrival of the Tour of Britain peloton.

The elite cyclists were lucky enough to pass through the village during carnival fortnight, and the village was looking its most festive.

Last night scores of residents, led by Sue Faux of Faux Arts, helped create a work of art on the road surface near the statue of King Alfred. 

Scores of well-wishers lined the streets to cheer on the cyclists as they raced from Bath to Hemel Hempstead during Stage 6 of the international competition. And a special cheer was reserved for Sir Bradley Wiggins, who was sporting a beard and 'Wiggo' jersey.

Sir Bradley WigginsSir Bradley WigginsCrowds were also lining the streets - or the roundabout, at least - in Burbage.

Most got good views of the breakaway group - Tom Stewart, Alex Dowsett and Stage 5 winner Matthias Brandle - as they made their way around the roundabout.

But the main peloton - containing so many continental riders, and arriving some two minutes behind the leaders - decided to take the roundabout in an anti-clockwise direction, robbing many of a decent view… or photograph.

Luckily Marlborough News Online had three photographers on the scene to ensure we were able to bring you the best shots.

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More pictures from Pewsey

Leaders flash through PewseyLeaders flash through PewseyCav leads the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team through PewseyCav leads the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team through PewseyWiggo wings it through PewseyWiggo wings it through PewseyField sweeps through PewseyField sweeps through PewseyWho's this? A Pacemaker in Pewsey?Who's this? A Pacemaker in Pewsey?The race leaders pass up Pewsey High StreetThe race leaders pass up Pewsey High StreetPewsey's painted bridgePewsey's painted bridgeChildren from St Francis School try to ensure their Union Flag is the right way upChildren from St Francis School try to ensure their Union Flag is the right way up...and as quickly as they arrived, they were gone...and as quickly as they arrived, they were gonepic courtesy of Wiltshire County Councilpic courtesy of Wiltshire County Council

 More pictures from Burbage

Children prepare to welcome the peloton to BurbageChildren prepare to welcome the peloton to BurbagePolice stop the traffic at Burbage roundaboutPolice stop the traffic at Burbage roundaboutMatthias Brandle (AUT) of IAM Cycling, Alex Dowsett (GB) of Moviestar, and Tom Stewart (GB) of Maddison Genesis approach Burbage roundaboutMatthias Brandle (AUT) of IAM Cycling, Alex Dowsett (GB) of Moviestar, and Tom Stewart (GB) of Maddison Genesis approach Burbage roundaboutThe breakaway group circles Burbage roundaboutThe breakaway group circles Burbage roundaboutThe peloton passes through BurbageThe peloton passes through BurbageSir Bradley Wiggins is among the pack as the peloton leaves BurbageSir Bradley Wiggins is among the pack as the peloton leaves Burbage

A video of the Pewsey street art being made, by Pewsey resident Anthony de Souza, can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX63ZtcaLa4&feature=youtu.be

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Tour of Britain cycles into history at Pewsey Carnival

 

Kitty King - image courtesy of Pewsey Heritage CentreKitty King - image courtesy of Pewsey Heritage CentreCycling stars Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish will be taking a trip down memory lane when they cycle through Pewsey on 12 September - more than 100 years after Kitty King started the first Pewsey Carnival on her bike.

The Friends Life Tour of Britain arrives in Pewsey during Carnival fortnight with the village decorated in bunting and shops competing in a window dressing competition for the Kunkler Cup.

And Wiltshire Council plans to line the route with gold bikes similar to the yellow ones used to promote the Tour de France in Yorkshire earlier this year.

Pewsey Carnival was inspired by a bicycle procession in France watched by one the Goddard brothers, who owned a cycle shop in the village, and believed it would help to raise money for Savernake Hospital.

Now more than 100 of the world's top cyclists will come to the village which witnessed Kitty King starting the first carnival on her decorated bike in 1898.

The riders will also have a perfect view of a modern ephemeral community art project as community artist Sue Faux leads both young people and adults in decorating the route on the eve of the race as part of the Have-a-Go project.

Wiltshire Council, Pewsey Carnival and the Pewsey Community Area Partnership (PCAP) support Have-a-Go with Wiltshire Youth Services which aims to offer free activities for 13 to 17 year olds across the Pewsey community area during Carnival fortnight.

Dawn Wilson, chairman of PCAP said: “I volunteered on the inaugural Have-a-Go project last year and when I heard the Friends Life Tour of Britain was passing through Pewsey during Carnival I realised this was a unique opportunity to do something colourful that could bring the community together as part of this project as well as promoting Pewsey Vale itself and adding more colour for the Carnival.

"After talking to Wiltshire’s Highways about ‘Pavement painting’ on the road itself to celebrate the Carnival and the Tour of Britain I am delighted that it is being offered as part of the Have-a-Go menu of activities during the evening of September 11 when the Carnival lights are turned on.”

The High Street in Pewsey is one of the roads that will be closed for the Carnival lights to be switched on and Wiltshire Council Local Highways Team have supported the project to produce “road art” which will disappear over a few weeks but is set to be captured by TV crews following the race and screened to a nationwide audience.

Pewsey's U3A photography club are planning to photograph the tour as it passes through the village.

Jerry Kunkler, Wiltshire Council’s portfolio holder for leisure and sport, said: “The Friends Life Tour of Britain is delivering the perfect opportunity to highlight Pewsey and to promote the excellent work going on in the community.

“What better incentive than to have the ‘road art’ featured on national television?”

 

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