A GROUP of young cyclists have celebrated the launch of the Tour of Britain in Blackpool.
The youngsters gathered at the cycle track at Palatine High School for the launch of the North West leg of the national race which runs from Carlisle to the Promenade on September 12.
Race director Mick Bennett said: “We’re very happy to be returning to Blackpool for the eighth year in a row. Blackpool Council has made us feel very welcome and we are enjoying working with them to make it an unforgettable day for cycling fans in and around Blackpool.
“We’re expecting people all across the country to come and enjoy the exciting landmarks that Blackpool has to offer, with special attention on The Tower, directly beneath which our riders, which will include Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, will be crossing the finish line.”