With preparations well underway for the first ever Wirral stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain on Wednesday 11 September, local people are being encouraged to get involved by creating large eye-catching artworks which will be seen from above as part of a national land art competition.
Farmers, schools, clubs and businesses are all invited to enter to celebrate the arrival of Britain’s biggest professional cycle race.
The race will be shown live on ITV4, showcasing Wirral’s stunning scenery and coastline, along with the opportunity for communities to show their creative side through the land art entries, which may be featured as part of the aerial TV coverage.
The prestigious race is a massive coup for Wirral during its Borough of Culture year for Liverpool City Region. The 108 mile route will start and finish at Birkenhead Park, with the race going through Port Sunlight before heading into Cheshire West and Chester and returning to Wirral through Heswall, Caldy and Hoylake.
It will then pass through the Birkenhead Park finish line and take in a final loop through Seacombe, Wallasey and New Brighton. The Wirral Stage is sponsored by Airbus, Cambrianway, Amey Consulting and Mott Macdonald.
Last year’s inaugural land art competition attracted more than 50 entries and was won by a group of North Devon farmers, who used tractors and other vehicles to create a giant bike featuring moving wheels, pedals and a chain.
Winners will receive a trophy and commemorative Tour of Britain prize, while runner-up and third-place finishers will also take home trophies.
To find out more and enter, visit: tourofbritain.co.uk/community/land-art/