Tour of Britain 2019 Schools Programme

Information about the Tour of Britain 2019 Schools Programme

The North of Tyne Combined Authority is hosting Stage Three of the prestigious OVO Energy Tour of Britain on Monday 9 September which will see the world’s top riders and teams contesting a 182 kilometre route through the region.

The race will start in Berwick, crossing the Grade 1 listed Berwick Bridge before heading along the Tweed Valley and  down the Northumberland coast before heading into North Tyneside, and culminating in a dramatic finish on Grey Street in Newcastle city centre.

It will be broadcast to 166 countries which will raise the profile of the region’s wonderful communities, iconic landmarks and beautiful landscapes to an international audience. 

All the latest information on the race can be found at 
We are also encouraging all schools, community groups, businesses and land owners to show their support for the race by creating bigger than life works of art in open outdoor spaces along the race route to take part in the national Tour of Britain Land Art competition.

people on field stood by massive art piece of bikeThe idea of creating land art masterpieces along the route has long been a tradition of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, as well as other cycle races around the world, with the first official competition launching in 2018.

Following the success of the inaugural contest, the Tour of Britain National Land Art Competition will return for the 2019 race, which takes place across North of Tyne as stage three on Monday 9 September.

As well as the chance to be crowned winner of the national competition, those that take part could be featured on TV, with the race itself aired to 166 countries worldwide.

If you have a great idea for a piece of artwork that showcases pride in the area and show support for the Tour of Britain en route, register your interest before 21 August 2019 at:
We’re inviting schoolchildren from across Northumberland to get creative and design their very own Northumberland themed cycling jersey to celebrate the arrival of The OVO Energy Tour of Britain cycle race returning to the North East this September.

A cycling jersey is a specially designed T-shirt which is often made from synthetic material to help keep the cyclist cool. In competitions, designs and colours show which team riders are part of, who is winning a particular competition or race, and even if they are a World Champion!

We have a whopping £10,000 prize fund to give away to winning schools, as well as pupils seeing their designs brought to life, printed and framed to display in their school.

The competition is split into three categories:
Category 1: Reception to Year 4
Category 2: Year 5 to 8
Category 3: Year 9+

Schools can submit one entry per category, and designs should showcase some of the many highlights of Northumberland.

This competition has now ended.
Winners will be announced 18 July
We are offering schools across Northumberland the opportunity to make the most of this prestigious cycling event by securing a viewing place for teachers and pupils.

  • We’ll create a safe place for you to stand on the road side to get a perfect view of the race, and be safe from the large number of vehicles that will be part of the race.
  • We’ll give you a full race timetable so you know when you have to be in place, ready for the race to come past.
  • If you want to travel to another location and need to book parking for your minibus or coach, we can sort this out for you too.
  • We can also help organise activities beyond the race, to support long term cycling development opportunities for pupils. These activities could be anything from cycling proficiency days to bike health check ups, and trips to Northumberland tourist destinations.
  • Or you could even adopt a Tour of Britain team! Get to know who cycles for them, who their sponsors are, what other races they compete in and cheer them on as they pass your school.
We understand that the timing of the event is tricky, as schools will only have returned back to term the week before. So we would like to gauge any interest before summer break, and make sure all arrangements can be put in place during the summer break so everyone will know exactly what to expect on their return to school in September.

It will be very exciting to see 120 cyclists and an entourage of 120 vehicles thundering past as part of the race, and we hope that we have a big audience all the way along the route to cheer on the cyclists. They will complete a 200km route in Newcastle, having started in Berwick-upon-Tweed that morning.

We want to show Northumberland off at it’s best, and feature it’s biggest asset, it’s people.

The deadline for requests for Safe Places to Stand has now past. If you have missed the deadline and would like to be considered please email - these requests will be considered on a case by case basis, there can be no guarantees of places at this time but we will do our best to see what can be achieved.