It’s now only five days until some of the biggest names in cycling ride the 215km Tour of Britain route through Nottinghamshire on Saturday 8 September.
Which is why national race organisers and Nottinghamshire County Council are reminding residents, businesses, road users and race-goers to plan their day and allow extra time for the planned road closures essential for this international sporting event to take place.
National Race Director Mick Bennett explains,
“We are delighted that the OVO Energy Tour of Britain is returning to Nottinghamshire. It is a major international sporting event, with worldwide live television coverage and many of the world’s top professional cyclists taking part such as Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome.
“We thank everyone in advance for their cooperation and helping to keep the route clear and following the instructions of police, stewards and marshals wherever you are watching.”
Councillor Kay Cutts, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said,
“We hope that the crowds turn out in force once again at the start and finish and throughout the 215km route – which is the longest stage this year - to cheer on the stars and everyone taking part, including our very own James Shaw from Nottinghamshire.
“These top international cyclists are certain to get a big Nottinghamshire welcome - hopefully one which they will never forget – as well as it being a day which will live long in the memory of the thousands of people expected to line the route. It promises to be a wonderful event.”
Rolling road closures of the race route – including any side roads - will start 15-20 minutes ahead of the lead rider and remain in place until all riders and race cars have passed through. This will be managed by police escort vehicles.
The exact length of these rolling road closures depends upon how dispersed the riders are.
In order to create the required width for the race, 'No Waiting' restrictions will be in operation from 8am-4pm throughout the race route. These restrictions will be lifted as soon as possible after all the riders have passed through and all operational activities have been completed.
There will also be specific race day closures at the start and finish venues as follows.
Race start in West Bridgford:
• All of Central Avenue will be closed from 4am to 3pm
• Bridgford Road ( between Stratford Road to Rectory Road) will be closed from 4am to 3pm
• No waiting restrictions for the whole length of Rectory Road from 4am to 3pm
Race finish in Mansfield:
• A6191 Chesterfield Road South (From Abbott Road to Rosemary Street) road closed from 5am to 5pm
• A6191 Chesterfield Road South (From Rosemary Street to Crow Hill Drive) road closed from 2pm to 5pm
• A6009 Rosemary Street (Chesterfield Road South to Civic Centre Access Road) road closed from 2pm to 5pm
To avoid these rolling closures, the advice from the national organisers is to look at the route of the race and avoid that road for about one hour either side of the predicted time of the race passing through
To view the full route on an interactive map on Nottinghamshire County Council’s website
www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/tourofbritain to access the map.
A full list of all road names on the route is also available by district level