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Bid for Cornwall to host cycle race moves forward

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Published by Sarah Yeoman at 3:15pm 12th November 2018. (Updated at 8:31pm 12th November 2018)

By Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

Cornwall councillors will be clamouring to have the Tour of Britain race through their local areas after the council agreed to press ahead to host the launch stage of the cycle race.

The council’s Cabinet agreed this week to provide funding of up to £345,000 to underwrite the core costs of hosting the Grand Depart stage of the event in 2020.

Councillors also agreed to appoint a sponsorship manager and are aiming to meet most of the costs through sponsors.

Cabinet member Geoff Brown said the council was not setting any route for the event, but that did not stop one councillor from making an early bid.

Bodmin councillor Pat Rogerson said she appreciated that a route decision wasn’t being made but added:

“I just thought I should mention some possible criteria that might want to be considered.

"For example, wouldn’t it be nice where two road systems intersected? Where there has already been huge investment such as the growth deal in cycling routes throughout the town? Where it is evident that this a booming existence with a new office block, for example, a new college? And lots of other cycle trails, I can’t say where, but off the top of my head, the Camel Trail, Lanhydrock, Cardinham.

“I just wondered if you might want to give some thought to those criteria.”

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Plans for Cornwall to host a major cycling race have moved a step forward

The Cabinet heard that hosting a stage of the international event could boost the Cornish economy by around £3.4million and that benefit could be increased to as much as £10m when PR and publicity value is included.

Other areas, including Devon, have seen thousands of people attending the event and bringing money into the local economy.

Cornwall Council has said discussions with event organisers SweetSpot have been positive about hosting the event in September 2020.

No detailed route for the event would be confirmed until April 2020 but the council has drawn up some possible options.

The preferred route would see the event start in Penzance and finish in Bodmin, visiting along the way, Marazion, St Just, St Ives, Pendeen, Camborne, Hayle, Camborne, Redruth, Falmouth, Stithians, Truro, Newquay, St Austell and the Eden Project.

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