The UK’s biggest elite cycling race the Tour of Britain will pass through Nottinghamshire later this year as well-renowned cyclists from across the globe take on the county’s streets for stage five of the competition.
Starting in Central Avenue, West Bridgford, the event will pass iconic locations such as Trent Bridge and Sherwood Forest before finishing on Chester Road South in Mansfield, over 118 miles of Nottinghamshire networks.
The stage will be played out on Thursday 8th September and will run from south to north, going from West Bridgford initially to East Leake and back up through the Nottinghamshire Wolds towards Bingham and Southwell, eventually heading through Clumber Park and Sherwood Forest before finishing in Mansfield.
The route includes the new Gedling Bypass, Colliery Way and will pass Cotgrave, Retford and Warsop in what will be the ‘flattest’ leg of the tour, with only 2,000 metres of climbing for the riders.
Prior to Nottingham the competition begins in Aberdeen on September 4th before heading down to the Scottish borders a day later for stage two. Stage three starts in Durham and ends in Sunderland whilst stage four takes in the North East Coast before ending in Hemsley, North Yorkshire.
Local cyclists competing include Mansfield’s Ross Lamb whilst Ollie Peckover, born in Ruddington will both compete for the Ribble Weldtite team. 114 riders will take part in total with eight stages in all.
Following stage five in Nottinghamshire the race moves on to Tewksbury and Gloucester before a seventh stage on the Dorset Coast concluding with a last leg around the Isle of Wight.
*Main image @MDC_News the Ribble Weldtite team featuring Ollie Peckover & Ross Lamb.