Thursday, 14 January 2016


I’m sure many of you will know by now that the second day of this event is coming from Otley to Doncaster on Saturday 30 April 2016. What you may not know is that the route is coming via High Melton, Cadeby, down Nursery Lane, over the canal and river bridges, up the hairpin bend and on to do two circuits of Conisbrough Castle before going on its way to Tickhill, Bawtry and hence back to Doncaster. There will also be two identical races for men and women starting at approx. 12 noon and ending about 5.30 pm. The Tour's charity is the RNLI so any money raised will be divided between that and local charities. I have agreed to co-ordinate all activities taking place in the Don Gorge on that day and we hope it will be the biggest party ever seen at Lower Sprotborough, accommodating and entertaining what could be thousands of people, all vying for the best spot to see Bradley Wiggins’ team and all the other international riders who will be taking part. The main purpose of this post is to inform you that it is happening and to ask for your help. Imagine the best community party you have ever been to and think what activities you would like to see included and then be prepared to organise them. Artists, musicians and businesses who have something to offer are more than welcome to contribute or sponsor events. I hope to have a meeting of all those who come forward to help in the not too distant future and hope I will not be disappointed. Knitted or sewn bunting in the Tour's colours of blue and yellow will be required along the route and posters will need to be designed. Old bikes can be painted and positioned around the area nearer the time. Roads will be tidied up and made safe for competitors; hopefully, entertainment will be on hand throughout the day. Preferably, all ideas, with contact details, should be sent to me at the email below or put through my door, though I may be able to handle some phone enquiries. More details will become available as time goes on an will be published on our blog, though I hope to set up a Facebook and Twitter account specifically related to the Tour in the Don Gorge. Keep an eye on too. At this stage, we need to get the information out and ideas in of what and how we can make it the greatest all-age event ever held at Lower Sprotborough. So, come on everybody. Get your thinking caps on and let's make it a day to remember. Liz Reeve Email: Mereliz Cottage, 4 Lower Sprotborough, Doncaster DN5 7NB Tel: 01302 313030 Blog: