26th August 2004

LEADING THE WAY FOR THE TOUR OF BRITAIN

A member of staff from the University of Lincoln will be riding along parts of the Tour of Britain route next week in the ManchesTour cycle race.

Dr Tony Daniels (38), Knowledge Transfer Manager in the Faculty of Applied Computing Sciences, will take part in the race on Monday 30th August 2004.

The ManchesTour has been organised to celebrate the return of the Tour of Britain cycle race at the start of September.

Starting at the City of Manchester Stadium in Sportcity, the race will then head east towards the Pennines for a tough 110kms route through Lancashire, West Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

Participants will have to face the fearsome climb of Holme Moss, the same climb the Tour of Britain riders will face on the second stage from Leeds to Sheffield.

Dr Daniels, who maintains his fitness by cycling every weekend and playing five a-side football as part of the university team, has had an interest in cycling since school.

“My interest in cycling has grown over the years and I now try to take part in five long distance rides a year,” said Tony.

“The ManchesTour ride is a brand new ride and it is much harder than any of the other long distance rides, featuring one of the hardest hills in the country - Holmes Moss.

“Both my wife and I are cycle fanatics and will be staying in Manchester to watch the start of the Tour of Britain.  We are then planning to see the end of the race five days later in London.”

Supporters of the ManchesTour include Sport England, Manchester Evening News, Manchester City Council and Lucozade Sport.

For more information contact:

Lindsey Bird, Assistant Press Officer

01522 886625                                  lbird@lincoln.ac.uk

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