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British Superbike Rider Shane Byrne to Ride Tour of the Potteries

by Holly Blades

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The Tour of the Potteries sportive on Sunday 4th sponsored by international motorcycle/cycle lubricant manufacturer FUCHS Silkolene, will have one of the biggest names in British motorcycle racing taking part with Shane 'Shakey'  Byrne riding.

Shakey is a keen cyclist and is looking forward to the event to get some quality miles in and help raise money for the local charity the Donna Louise Trust who are receiving the proceeds from the event.  

"Cycling is my main form of exercise and I love it" says Byrne. "I ride nearly every day and always take the bike with me to races so I can get some exercise and to switch off from the pressures of racing. I'll do short rides on race weekends but when free I've done 200+ mile rides in a day. It's great having an event to focus on and I'm looking forward to the Tour of the Potteries as there's some tough climbs on good routes and also helps out the local Donna Louise Trust charity as all proceeds go directly to it."

Based at the company's UK headquarters in Hanley, the sportive will have three routes of varying distances 150kms, 100kms & 50kms out into the Peak District. The courses will take in lots of famous landmarks and climbs such as the iconic Mow Cop (the toughest challenge on the long route) as well as Thorncliffe and Gun Hill, used in the Tour of Britain, as well as Flash the highest village in England, to cater for all abilities of cyclist from novice to elite. 

Each route is fully supported with signage, mechanical back up, broom wagon service and feed stops. There is ample free car parking and changing facilities at the event headquarters in Hanley.  Ride captains will be on hand for support on the short route and family rides. All entrants will receive a goody bag and snack on their return.

And for the family

There will also be a free family ride on a virtually traffic free route close to the town named the Knotty after the old railway system of the Potteries. Some of the UK's top motorsport stars will be riding the event as well as their back up teams and will be bringing their race vehicles and support trucks to show to the public at the Hanley Factory. There will also be stunt shows taking place throughout the day so bring the family for a friendly day out in the heart of the Potteries.

For more information on the 2016 Tour of the Potteries sportive please click here

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