Tour of Britain visits Bristol this month

September 02 2016

CROWDS are expected to line the streets to cheer on their cycling heroes when the Tour of Britain visits Bristol this month.

CROWDS are expected to line the streets to cheer on their cycling heroes when the Tour of Britain visits Bristol this month.

With Olympic champions Sir Bradley Wiggins and Owain Doull already confirmed, the Tour’s visit on Saturday September 10 looks set to be one of the biggest sporting events the city has ever seen. 

Bristol is hosting the entire penultimate stage of the Tour (Stage 7) with an Individual Time Trial in the morning - starting around 10am - followed by a six-lap Circuit Race in the afternoon - starting around 2.30pm.

The Bristol Stage 7 route will take them from the start on Durdham Downs, before crossing the Clifton Suspension Bridge, down Rownham Hill, around the bottom of the Floating Harbour before heading back up Bridge Valley Road to the Downs for the finish.

The Tour of Britain is returning to Bristol following the city hosting a successful stage finish in 2014 when TV footage was broadcast to over 200 million homes around the world. It was estimated that the stage visit was responsible for over £240,000 worth of investment in local shops and hotels.

Some of the world’s best professional cyclists including Olympic Silver medallist and Britain’s record Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish plus top sprinter André Greipel and former UCI World Hour Record holder Rohan Dennis are confirmed to race this year.

It was later confirmed that Britain’s most decorated Olympian, Sir Bradley Wiggins, will be riding as part of Team WIGGINS alongside his teammate and fellow Olympian, Owain Doull.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “With a full day of racing around Bristol, the Tour of Britain’s visit is set to be one of the biggest sporting events in the city’s history and I’d like to thank local partners for lending their support alongside the council to help make the Tour’s visit a success. 

“The day will be a chance for the whole city and visitors to come together to watch and be inspired by the cycling elite gracing our city streets.”

Christina Gyles, Bristol South Cycling Club secretary, said: “The club is very excited about the tour coming to Bristol. It will be a great spectacle to see on the day. It’s always great to see events like these in the Bristol inspiring people at all levels to embrace cycling - whether that’s through local racing, social riding, or commuting by bike.”

Colin Sexstone, chairman of the Bristol Partnership for Sport and Active Recreation, said: “Team GB’s medal success in Rio was led by the cyclists, and we are riding the crest of that wave now. It’s no accident that the next major cycling event after Rio is coming to Bristol. Our city has all-round sporting passion and talent, but cycling has found a natural home here in Bristol.”

 

Race day timings

 

08:00 Roads close around whole circuit

10:00 Race Village & Hospitality open on The Downs

10:01Stage 7a - Individual Time Trial starts

12:30 Stage 7a - Individual Time Trial finishes (approx)

12:30 Presentation of stage winner’s & leader’s jerseys

13:00 OVO Energy Pedal Power (Clifton Downs)

14:30 Stage 7b - Circuit Race starts

16:30 Stage 7b - Circuit Race finishes (approx)

16:40 Presentation of stage winner’s & leader’s jerseys

19:00 Roads open

 

More information about what is going on during the day and how to get to the race can be found on the official webpage for the Tour of Britain’s visit to Bristol: www.bristoltourofbritain.com