Host of events planned to make Barnstaple stage start one to remember.

BIKE fever is set to hit Barnstaple in September with a programme of bike-related entertainment and events to celebrate the town’s involvement with the country’s premier cycle race.

With interest in British cycling stronger than ever following Bradley Wiggins’ Tour de France victory on Sunday, the town is cranking through the gears to make stage seven of next month’s Tour of Britain one to remember.

Barnstaple is hosting the start of the Devon leg on Saturday, September 15 and Barnstaple Town Council, supported by Barnstaple Town Centre Management

and North Devon Council, is hoping to put on entertainment for the whole family to enjoy on the Friday and Saturday itself.

One of the events already confirmed is a cycle fund-raiser with Royal Marines from RMB Chivenor, who will attempt to complete the equivalent of the Barnstaple to Darmouth ride on static bikes in aid of mayor’s charity Devon Air Ambulance.

Two teams will be racing on static trainers which will be programmed to simulate the stage seven route, including all the major climbs.

Mayor of Barnstaple Mrs Lesley Brown, said: “I am very grateful to RMB Chivenor for taking on this challenge on behalf of my charity and to the Bike Shed for providing the equipment.

“I am so glad it will be them climbing the hills and not me.”

Lance Richmond of Bike Shed said: “We are very happy to support this event in aid of such a worthwhile charity.

“The service provided by Devon Air Ambulance is of particular importance to cyclists who are often cycling in remote rural areas.”