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Tour of Britain thrills return to district

Posted onPosted on 6th Apr

The prestigious Tour of Britain cycle race, featuring some of the sports top riders, is returning to Newark and Sherwood again.

This year’s race returns to Nottinghamshire on Thursday, 8th September and will see the fifth stage begin on Central Avenue, West Bridgford and end on Chesterfield Road South, Mansfield.

As part of the 118-mile route, cyclists will pass through Blidworth, Farnsfield, Southwell and through Sherwood Forest and Edwinstowe.

A global television audience of millions is expected to 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.

Coun 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.”

It is the third time the Tour of Britain event will take place in the county and follows the hugely successful staging of the race in 2017 and 2018.

Live coverage of the race will be broadcast daily in the UK on ITV4.