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Cumbria Crystal is the last producer of completely hand-blown and hand-cut, full-lead, luxury English crystal in the United Kingdom. Using only traditional methods our team of 22 highly skilled artisans are committed to creating crystal using techniques that have barely changed since the Roman era. Cumbria Crystal strives to produce the highest quality products so it is hardly surprising it is the crystal of choice for the British Embassies, many Royal Families and Luxury Stores worldwide. It has been showcased extensively in Downton Abbey, James Bond and many period dramas as it epitomises luxury living.

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Steve Cummings Celebrates Tour of Britain Victory with Cumbria Crystal Trophy

We are delighted to share images of Steve Cummings receiving the winner’s trophy for the Tour of Britain this week. The overall winner’s award was sponsored by Cumbria Crystal and was blown by Dave Sharp and Steve Brettle and engraved by apprentice Charlotte Hudson.

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Final Stages Approach for Tour of Britain

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As the Tour of Britain cycles headlong into the dramatic final weekend we take a quick look back at the week so far.

Early Stages

Thousands gathered in Castle Douglas to witness the climax of Stage One. Andre Griepel set the early pace with his victory on the day, to the delight of spectators North of the border.

Mist and rain descended on the cyclists during Stage Two through our home county of Cumbria. The challenging circuit which included some tough slopes was won by Belgian cyclist Julien Vermote.

The third stage through Cheshire finished with a British 1-2-3. Despite some fierce competition local rider Ian Stannard, who comes from Wilmslow, took this stage, whilst Vermote retained an overall lead.

As the riders moved into mid-Wales on day 4 the race was really starting to hot up. Ironically it was the Dutch cyclist Dylan Groenewegen who came out on top in a race characterised by the Welsh sloping hills.

All Change Mid-way

New Zealander Jack Bauer was the hero of the hour during stage 5 of the race in Bath. Leading a 5 man breakaway Bauer managed to take the stage but Vermote continued his stranglehold on the yellow jersey.

So on to yesterday’s Devon course. With the race moving across the Jurassic coast the stage was set. Team Sky’s Wout Poels was the stage winner however, the big news was that Steve Cummings of Team Dimension Data managed to take the yellow jersey following his eighth place finish.

The Final Stages

As we head into today’s stage anything can happen. Will Cummings mange to fend off the competition? Will Vermote be able to recapture the prize or will someone else come out of the pack to take the jersey? We’re looking forward to an exciting finale.

Cumbria Crystal is delighted to have been chosen to create the winner’s Trophy for the Tour of Britain.

*Race picture courtesy of Theo Southee Photography

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Cumbria Crystal Supports the Tour of Britain 2016

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The most famous cyclists from across the world will gather in Glasgow to kick-off the Tour of Britain this Sunday. Mark Cavendish, André Griepel, Rohan Dennis and many more cyclists across twenty teams, will embark upon the eight stage race. The tour will end with a thrilling climax in the heart of central London.

Cumbrian Connection

This years’ race has more than just a hint of Cumbrian tradition attached to it. Not only will the county host the second stage of the race, from Carlisle to Kendal but Cumbria Crystal has been chosen to supply the winner’s trophy. The hand-crafted glass bowl will be awarded to the winner after the final stage on Sunday the 11th of September.

A Message from Managing Director Chris Blade

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to support the Tour of Britain. Glassmakers, like cyclists, train for years to develop the skills and stamina required to perform optimally and this trophy is a magnificent example of the skills, dedication and artistry our artisans possess. Each piece of crystal passes through the hands of at least seven craftsmen and women and takes between 10-14 days to complete.

It is appropriate that the trophy – crafted through sweat, endurance, heat and energy will mirror the achievements and efforts of the competitors. We hope winner will see the trophy not just as a symbol of recognition for their heroic efforts, but as a lasting testament to the dedication required to becoming the best, whether in the arena of sports or the arts”

We’re sure you’ll join us in wishing all the cyclists and teams the very best of luck. We certainly can’t wait to see the race get started!

Please be sure to follow @TourofBritain on Twitter or use the hashtag @tob2016 for all the latest race updates.