Route announced for Nottinghamshire stage of Tour of Britain cycle race and it includes Radcliffe, Farnsfield and Southwell, but not Newark
The eagerly anticipated Nottinghamshire stage of this year’s Tour of Britain cycle race ignores Newark and will once again start in West Bridgford and finish in Mansfield.
It is the third time the showpiece event will take place in the county and follows the hugely successful staging of the race in 2017 and 2018. The inaugural race ended in Newark, a town that is planning its own cycle race this year it is hoped will put the town on the sporting map nationally.
This year’s race returns to Nottinghamshire, September 8, and will see the fifth stage begin on Central Avenue in West Bridgford and end on Chesterfield Road South in Mansfield.
It will pass through several towns and villages in the county, including East Leake, Radcliffe, Calverton, Blidworth, Farnsfield, Southwell and through Sherwood Forest and Edwinstowe. Retford and Worksop.
The 190km route — approximately 118 miles — will also take in key county landmarks and attractions such as world-famous cricket ground Trent Bridge, the legendary Sherwood Forest and popular tourist attraction Clumber Park.
A global television audience of millions will watch the world-famous race, with the Nottinghamshire stage attracting 250,000 spectators in 2018 to make it the largest sporting event in the county’s history.
It led to the county enjoying an economic boost, with £3.9m being spent by participants and spectators on accommodation, food and drink and shopping.
The Nottinghamshire stage four years ago also started in West Bridgford and finished in Mansfield.
John Cottee, chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s communities committee, said he was looking forward to seeing thousands of people lining the route to cheer on the competitors.
He said: “The return of the Tour of Britain is fantastic news and today’s announcement detailing the route heightens the sense of anticipation as we prepare to welcome a world class field of riders and teams to our wonderful county.
“This provides us with a great opportunity to showcase our towns and villages along the route and we also look forward to welcoming the thousands of visitors who will flock here to watch the race and enjoy everything which Nottinghamshire has to offer – ultimately providing a huge boost to the local economy.
“Nottinghamshire is known across the globe for its sporting heritage and hosting the race for a third time in five years is recognition that we have what it takes to successfully stage major sporting events.
“As a council, we’re delighted that we’ve been able to bring the Tour of Britain back to Nottinghamshire and I’m looking forward to working with our district and borough council partners to ensure it’s going to be the best stage of the race.”
David Lloyd, leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “To have the Tour of Britain return to Nottinghamshire again is great news for everyone in the county. As the world’s best cyclists make their way through Sherwood Forest and our very own towns and villages, the eyes of the world will be upon us and we can’t wait to deliver the best race we possibly can.
“We saw great support from the district when the race was here last time and I’m sure residents are filled with excitement to see it return.
“As a district we are geared up for plenty of cycling related projects and activities this summer. Not only will the tour be paying some of our rural towns and villages a visit, but a Newark cycling race will take place in the heart of the town in July. We’re also in the process of installing Brompton bikes across Newark as part of our Towns Fund project as we look to encourage our residents to swap four wheels for two.”
Rushcliffe Borough Council’s cabinet portfolio holder for communities and climate change, Abby Brennan said: “We can’t wait to give it another warm and rapturous reception as it races through so many of our towns and villages.
"We saw with the 2018 race here the incredible welcome Rushcliffe people gave to the riders, and this will be another great celebration that boosts many local businesses and will be a day for all to enjoy.
The Tour of Britain starts in Aberdeen on Sunday, September 4, and finishes on the Isle of Wight seven days later — and, in addition to the county, passes through the Scottish Borders, Redcar & Cleveland and North Yorkshire, Gloucestershire and Dorset.
Cycling’s premier road event in this country will feature the world’s top teams and riders, alongside the best British-based cyclists, with a field comprising of Tour de France winners, Olympians and world champions.
Nineteen teams and 114 riders are currently scheduled to take part in the race – including Mansfield’s Ross Lamb and Ollie Peckover, of Ruddington, who compete for the Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling team.
Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain Race director said: “We are pleased to be able to confirm the route for this year’s Nottinghamshire stage and look forward to making returns to both West Bridgford and Mansfield, as well as many familiar locations along the way.
“The support of Nottinghamshire communities along the stage route in both 2017 and 2018 was incredible, so with150 days to go until the race I hope that today’s news will inspire everyone along the route to get excited and to start making their plans for September 8.”
Visit the county council's Tour of Britain at https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/culture-leisure/sport/tour-of-britain for more information about this year’s race.
Live coverage of the race is shown daily in the UK on ITV4, in addition to around the world.
The Tour of Britain is part of the UCI ProSeries, making it one of the most prestigious sporting events in the sport’s global calendar.