The Tour of Britain is teaming up with recycling pioneer Enval for this year’s edition of the UK’s biggest cycling event, taking place on the Isle of Wight on September 11.
Commercial Director Miles Rose welcomed the support, saying he was eager to work on increasing the event’s level of recycled materials. Andrea Troy, Enval’s business development manager, said he was delighted to help reduce the Tour’s carbon footprint “by recycling the packaging waste generated” by all competing athletes. He added that he hoped the partnership was the first of many collaborations, intending to highlight that items currently considered non-recyclable can be effectively recovered.
Enval has been at the forefront of innovation in waste treatment for years. The Alconbury-based company has developed breakthrough technology that turns plastic waste into petroleum feedstock to produce new plastic. Enval also has the only process in the world capable of recycling aluminum plastic laminates.
This green partnership comes at a time when efforts are increasing to ensure the sustainability of the Tour. The organizer of Britain’s most prestigious race, SweetSpot Group, has made significant progress in improving the environmental impact of the event.
Riders have access to green areas before and after each feed zone, where they can drop off their waste and packaging for race staff to dispose of. This year the Green Zones are supported by Brother UK. A leading sponsor of UK cycle sport, the company received a Queen’s Award in 2018 for its sustainability achievements.
Spectators and volunteers are also encouraged to dispose of waste responsibly throughout the event. Running through areas of outstanding natural beauty and some of Britain’s finest National Parks, the Tour aims to leave all places as they were found. And this year’s event will have no shortage of stunning venues along the way.
18e edition of the race begins on September 4 in Aberdeen. The first stage will finish at Glenshee Ski Center before competitors head to the Scottish Borders. The Tour will end eight days later on the Isle of Wight, as the world’s best riders battle it out from Ryde to the historic Needles along a scenic 93-mile stage.
The race route will be further enhanced by the annual Tour land art competition. Launched last week, the competition encourages all community groups, businesses and schools to create land art masterpieces along the route. The 2021 winner’s successor, Craskins Farm in Tarland, will be decided after the race by a panel comprising Tour of Britain director Mick Bennett and other professionals.
Race fans can also plan their visit well in advance, thanks to the interactive stage maps that Tour organizers have released ahead of the event. All maps are subject to change, however. The full timetables for the stages will not be available until mid-August. However, visitors can already book their holidays on the Isle of Wight.
In the meantime, cycling enthusiasts may want to cross the English Channel to buoy their favorite British cyclists. Perhaps the most publicized cycling race in the world, the Tour de France will take place in Copenhagen on Friday July 1st. And a four-time Tour winner will make an expected return to the starting line. Israel-Premier Tech has just named Chris Froome as one of its riders to tackle the 2022 Tour de France.
The odds might not favor Froome over leaders like Tadej Pogacar and Primoz Roglic. But another Brit could make waves in Paris. Geraint Thomas, the 2018 Tour de France champion, picked up a victory in the Tour de Suisse last Sunday. Thus, bettors can already place their bets online. Expert reviewers such as Sports Betting Online have rated the best bookmakers on the internet. Thus, bettors can find the most competitive odds with just one click. The best betting platforms also offer free bets and bonuses. And tips and strategies on a wide range of sports are a sure way to increase your earnings.
Eurosport, GCN+ and ITV will broadcast the 109e edition of the French Grand Tour live in the United Kingdom. As with the Tour of Britain, ITV4 will bring flag-to-flag coverage of every stage. 150 countries around the world can also attend the event thanks to partnerships with the Global Cycling Network and Eurosport.
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