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Frome gears up for Tour of Britain

Tour of Britain 2008
Special events are being organised for the visit of the race

The Tour of Britain is coming to Frome for the first time and its arrival is being marked by a specially brewed ale, live music and a time trial up one of the town's steepest hills.

The Tour of Britain cycle race passes twice through Somerset this year.

On Thursday, 17 September 2009, stage six will start in Frome and end in Bideford and the following day, stage seven will start in Hatherleigh, Devon and finish in Yeovil.

To celebrate its arrival in Frome a series of events have been lined up on Wednesday, 16 September and Thursday, 17 September.

'Notes of lime'

Bridge Street, North Parade, Market Place abd Bath Street will close for the start
From then a rolling road closure will take place
The route takes in A361 to Shepton Mallet, then the A371 Wells road through Wells
It then travels to Wedmore via the B3139
Then it follows the M5 on the B3141 through East Hunstpill and Wollavington
After going through Bridgwater via the A39 and the A38, the race heads across the Quantocks through Bishop Lydeard and Cotford St Luke
It then joins the B3227 to Wiveliscombe then on to Exmoor National Park
After a brief stunt on the A396, the race heads to Dulverton on the B3223 all the way to Simonsbath
It then heads out of Exmoor towards Barnstaple

Wednesday night will see time-trials up Catherine Hill in the town centre which mark the launch of a locally brewed ale, the Cobble Wobble Ale produced by the Milk Street Brewery.

Rick Lyall, head brewer and owner, said: "It's quite a unique thing for Frome. I really wanted to catch the end of the summer with the beer, so it's well-conditioned and I brewed it using locally sourced ingredients.

"It's a summer time ale, it's full-bodied, malty, with notes of lime and the finish is refreshing clean and dry."

The Milk Street Brewery has produced 6,000 pints of the ale which is likely to be sold out during the course of the two days of celebration.

Static bikes

Other entertainment on Wednesday, 17 September includes a talk at Rook Lane Chapel with the inventor of the small-wheeled bicycle, Dr Alex Moulton and the Cheese and Grain will hold time trial of a different kind with static bikes.

The Market Yard will have stalls a bike stunt show with the 'Animal' Mountain Bike Stunt Team and the evening will round off with a firework display at 9pm.

Damon Hooton, town mayor, said: "I should imagine it will create a fair amount of interest, with visitors numbering the thousands rather than the hundreds, and if we can achieve the numbers that Chard achieved last year, then I will be very very pleased."

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