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Tour of the Peak to go ahead

Shane Stokes, with additional reporting from Jeff Jones
July 28, 2005, 1:00 BST,
April 21, 2009, 0:04 BST
First Edition Cycling News for July 28, 2005

The race organisers of the Tour of the Peak have confirmed that the UK event will go ahead, 12...

The race organisers of the Tour of the Peak have confirmed that the UK event will go ahead, 12 months after the cancellation of the 2004 event. Negotiations with local police and strong support from the cycling community have ensured that the 63 year old race will take place on the 11th of September.

"It would have been a tragedy to lose a race that is one of the flagship events of the sport in this country," said Mike Taylor, who is part of the North West Division Organising committed. "It's really helpful to have had the support and weight of the industry and governing body, particularly Dave Brailsford, in making sure the race goes ahead."

There have had to be considerable changes to the course, which this year is based on South Buxton. It will incorporate parts of the Junior Tour of the Peak; taking in the climbs of Hitters Hill and Axe Edge in a 23.5 mile lap to be covered four times.

Holding of the race this year has been possible due in part to the support of Dave Lochran of Planet X, who currently sponsors the reigning champion and six times winner of the Tour of the Peak, Mark Lovett. "You can't let a race like the Peak die, we've all raced it, watched it and been a part of it for years," he said. "Any help Planet X can give in making sure it happens this year is really important."

The organisers have stated that the support of riders is also vital to ensure the race's future it is now vital that it is supported by riders. Entry to the race costs £20.00 and should be submitted to Mike Taylor, 21 Market Place, Chapel-en-le-Frith, High Peak, SK23 0EN.

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