Countrywide Great Tour cycle challenge starts this weekend

Friday, July 3rd, 2015 10:43am
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Countrywide Great Tour cycle challenge starts this weekend The Countrywide Great Tour, a 64-day circumnavigation of coastline by bicycle starts from Anglesey on Saturday 4 July.

As the world's greatest bike race, the Tour de France, gets underway in the Netherlands, a group of cyclists will be heading off from Holyhead on Anglesey to embark upon The Countrywide Great Tour, a 6,600-kilometre circumnavigation of Britain's coastline by bike.

Starting on Saturday 4th July and finishing on Saturday 5th September, the eve of the Aviva Life Tour of Britain's Grand Depart from Anglesey, The Countrywide Great Tour is supported by Countrywide, the UK's largest and most successful estate agency and property services group.

Over the course of 64-days heading in a clockwise direction around the British coast riders will never lose the sight, the sound or the smell of the sea, returning to Anglesey in time to celebrate the opening stage of the Aviva Tour of Britain starting from the island.

Five riders will be taking on the challenge of the entire route, joined each day by riders from corporate partners as well as fundraisers from the event's official charity partners.

Over 300 cyclists have so far signed-up to join The Countrywide Great Tour for one or more days, helping to raise money for a range of good causes and there is still time to sign-up via the website to be a part of the event.

Among those will be taking on the entire nine-week challenge will be James Dowling, Countrywide Area Director, who is Countrywide's ambassador on the event.

James will be sharing each day of his adventure via Twitter and Facebook and those who wish to follow him can by visiting and

Commenting, James Dowling, said:

"This is a great opportunity. As a keen cyclist I look forward to challenge ahead and thank my friends and family for their support. I am really looking forward to each week's stages and cycling the stunning coastal route of Britain. I'm excited to share my highlights with you along the way.”

Commenting on the Countrywide Great Tour, Hugh Roberts, Chief Executive of organisers SweetSpot said;

"The event is a great challenge and we have some fantastic partners, suppliers and official charities behind the Countrywide Great Tour. Over the course of nine weeks we look forward to having hundreds of cyclists come out and join us and hope that people in all of the communities the Countrywide Great Tour touches will embrace the event and support our official charities.”

The Countrywide Great Tour is being put on in tandem with CTC, the national cycling charity, who are the experts in helping and supporting thousands of everyday cyclists to realise the joys and benefits of cycling. CTC are supporting the riders with trained ride leaders, insurance and membership package.

The official charity partners are Action for A-T; Alzheimer's Society; Antony Nolan; CTC – the national cycling charity; Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research; Macmillan; and the RNLI.

To follow the latest from out on route, including daily updates, photos and videos make sure you are following the Countrywide Great Tour on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information about the Countrywide Great Tour, please visit to find out about all 64-legs of this epic challenge.

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