Prom­ises Etape race will ben­e­fit com­mu­ni­ties

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Rob­bie Chalmers

A chief or­gan­iser for the Etape Cale­do­nian 2019 race has re­as­sured coun­cil­lors that com­mu­ni­ties and busi­nesses will ben­e­fit from the pop­u­lar cy­cling event.

The ques­tion was posed by Coun­cil­lor John Duff at the en­vi­ron­ment and in­fra­struc­ture com­mit­tee meet­ing last week, about whether Lime­light Sports, who run the event, will hope to de­liver some com­mu­nity ben­e­fits. Craig Dews, CEO at Lime­light, was at the meet­ing, said: “It’s clear that there are eco­nomic ben­e­fits that brings in peo­ple from all over the coun­try.

“Over the last few years there has maybe been a dis­con­nect.

“But we have been meet­ing com­mu­nity coun­cils to deal with th­ese is­sues. The com­mu­nity feels the ben­e­fits out way the neg­a­tives.

“We want the lo­cal com­mu­nity to feel part of it and are look­ing to en­gage more peo­ple with the race.” Fol­low­ing ques­tions, Lime­light Sports was given the green light by Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil to pro­ceed with the Etape Cale­do­nia, which takes place next May.

Lime­light an­nounced it had ac­quired the event man­age­ment rights to the closed road sportive from global sports man­age­ment giant IMG last month.

They have since been con­sult­ing with lo­cal com­mu­nity mem­bers and coun­cil­lors about putting the nec­es­sary op­er­a­tional re­quire­ments in place to run the event suc­cess­fully and sus­tain­ably.

Mr Dews added: “We’re ex­tremely pleased with the de­ci­sion made by Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil to­day.

“We have an en­thu­si­as­tic and very ex­pe­ri­enced team who are look­ing for­ward to tak­ing Etape Cale­do­nia for­ward into its sec­ond suc­cess­ful decade as the orig­i­nal closed road cy­cling sportive.

“We’ll be shar­ing the de­tails of our plans over the com­ing weeks, as well as con­tin­u­ing to work with mem­bers of the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity to en­sure that par­tic­i­pants are given the warm­est wel­come to High­land Perthshire.

“I’d per­son­ally like to ex­tend my thanks to ev­ery­one that we have been in con­tact with over the last few weeks.

“Their ad­vice, guid­ance and in­put to this process has been greatly ap­pre­ci­ated by our whole team and I’m con­fi­dent that, to­gether, we will de­liver a very suc­cess­ful Etape Cale­do­nia.”

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