Crowd­fund­ing boost for cy­cling tour stage

County coun­cil asks busi­ness and res­i­dents for help

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

WITH less than a month to go, the county coun­cil is us­ing in­no­va­tive ways to en­sure a na­tional sport­ing event can re­turn to Bucks.

Stage five of the Aviva Women’s Cy­cling Tour 2015 comes through the county on Sun­day, June 21 and the county coun­cil is hop­ing to plug a fund­ing gap by crowd­fund­ing the re­main­der.

Much of the 64-mile fi­nal route, which starts in Mar­low, goes through the Chiltern Hills Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty be­fore it fin­ishes in Hemel Hemp­stead.

Cy­clists will race through scenic Bucks vil­lages such as Che­sham, Great Mis­senden and Great King­shill.

Crowd­fund­ing is usu­ally car­ried out via the in­ter­net and is a method of rais­ing

CHAIN RE­AC­TION: The Aviva women’s cy­cle tour will go through Bucks in June funds for a par­tic­u­lar ven­ture from a large num­ber of peo­ple.

Nu­mer­ous busi­nesses and projects in Bucks have used it to help fund their own cam­paigns, such as the Chiltern Open Air Mu­seum, in Chal­font St Giles, which has been rais­ing money to rebuild the fa­mous mu­sic stu­dio, Jack­son Stu­dios.

The coun­cil has had the sup­port of a num­ber of part­ners to help host the tour, but it needs public sup­port to en­sure the event is not lost in the fu­ture.

Clive Parker, head of civic and cer­e­mo­nial ser­vices, said: “For Bucks to re­main on the Aviva Women’s Tour Map, we need more fund­ing to guar­an­tee that this in­ter­na­tional sport­ing event comes back to visit us next time round. We have cre­ated a crowd­fund­ing op­por­tu­nity with some great cy­cling-re­lated prizes.”

Prizes in­clude ac­cess to an ex­clu­sive area at the start line, a cy­cling an­a­lyst test at The Mar­low Club, Mar­low, and VIP hos­pi­tal­ity and be­hind the scenes ac­cess.

There will also be the chance to lead the pelo­ton out at the start of the stage.

An on­line auc­tion hosted closer to the event in­cludes prizes such as a team jer­sey, a two-day cy­cle main­te­nance course from ATG train­ing, a seat in the front car of the race, the op­por­tu­nity to wave the start flag and the chance to be on the stage as the teams of­fi­cially sign in.

Visit www.crowd­fun­der. co.uk/AWTBucks2015 for more in­for­ma­tion.

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