Tour of Britain hits South Gloucestershire
Published on: 26 Aug 2016
SPORTS fans are gearing up to welcome some of the world's top cyclists when the Tour of Britain hits South Gloucestershire next week.
The Tour of Britain is the UK's biggest professional cycle race and is the country's largest free-to-watch sporting event.
It is hoped that the teams will include at least one, if not more, gold medallists from this year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics and fans are crossing their fingers Sir Bradley Wiggins will be amongst them.
Stage Five of the race is expected to be another tough day on the road, covering 205 kilometres and 3,675m of climbing. It will take the Tour of Britain across South Wales and into Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire before finishing in the World Heritage city of Bath. The stage will take place on Thursday September 8 at 11am from Aberdare.
Around 120 of the world's top professional riders will travel through South Gloucestershire before cycling into Bath via Newbridge Hill.
Spectators are expected to line the roads to cheer the riders on, particularly at popular spots such as the centre of Chipping Sodbury. The competitors are expected to arrive at the finish line in Bath around 3.30pm.
The race will pass through Wickwar Road, between Wickwar and Chipping Sodbury, the High Street, Culverhill Road, Bowling Road and Dodington Road in Chipping Sodbury itself, before heading to Wapley and Westerleigh, down Westerleigh Road to Pucklechurch.
Riders will then cycle through Abson and Wick, along the A420 to Bridgeyate, along the A4175 Bath Road in North Common, along Oldland Common High Street and Barry Road to the junction with the A431, which they will take through Bitton, Swineford and Kelston to Bath.
Once they reach Newbridge Hill in Bath, cyclists will race across the top of Chelsea Road and down onto Upper Bristol Road.
They will then go past Windsor Bridge and the children's play area at Royal Victoria Park before heading left up Marlborough Lane and on to the finish line in Royal Avenue.
Visitors and residents are being encouraged to go along to the Cycle Village on Royal Avenue, which will be open from 10am-4pm and will include giant screens showing the race live from 1pm.
Anyone who misses the stage will have a second chance of seeing the event two days later on Saturday September 10, when Bristol will host the penultimate day of racing. The stage will include an individual time trial and a circuit race, both starting on Durdham Downs.
Final times have yet to be announced, but the Bristol action is expected to get going at about 10am for the time trial and about 2.30pm for the circuit race.