French is the flavour in Berry this month

THERE’S a strong French vibe in Berry as the town gets into its annual Tour de Berry.

French themed events and bicycle rides through the countryside will continue until Monday, July 22.

Tour de Berry co-ordinator and Berry Alliance president Rick Gainsford said the money raised from the event will go towards building cycle ways and shared footpaths.

“All the events are going really well, but to be honest there isn’t a lot of riding going on,” he said.

“This wind isn’t terrific. 

“I tend to concentrate on the food and wine thing myself anyway,” he said.

Mr Gainsford said it’s the third year the event has run and organisers always hope to raise more money than the previous year.

“The opening night was a huge success,” he said.

“The community and council have been really supportive.

“The way the people of the town have involved themselves is brilliant, the businesses have put bikes up on their roofs and are going with the French theme through food and decorations.”

If bike riding isn’t your style there is more on the menu including a dinner at the Hungry Duck on Wednesday, July 23 and the much anticipated Le Petit Tour de Berry Grand Parade.

Events include razor racing, bike time trials, BMX exhibitions, antique bike demonstrations, billy cart races and wheely-bin races.

Mr Gainsford said the best way to keep up to date with the Tour de Berry events is to register.

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