The route for the Mansfield leg of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain cycle race has been announced.
The fourth stage of the biggest free-to-view event in the UK will set off on a 6km route through the town starting in Mansfield Market Place on Wednesday 6 September.
About 120 of the world’s top cyclists will head up Leeming Street, north along Chesterfield Road past Tesco before turning left at the Civic Centre on to Rosemary Street. They will then continue past the fire station and the old Bus Station before passing the Stags’ football ground, Titchfield Park and Mansfield Leisure Park on Nottingham Road. They will turn right at High Oakham Primary School and continue up Atkin Lane and Sheepbridge Lane before turning left on to the A38 near the Sir John Cockle pub. They will join the Ashfield section of the race near King’s Mill Hospital.
The Mansfield leg is part of a 175km route through Nottinghamshire, which also passes through Eastwood, Hucknall, Gedling, the grounds of Newstead Abbey, Southwell, Sherwood Forest, Clumber Park and Bircotes – past the memorial to 1965 World Champion cyclist Tommy Simpson – as well as Worksop and Retford before finishing in Newark.
The start time in Mansfield has yet to be confirmed but the cyclists are expected to set off between 10.30am and 10.45am. However, there will lots of activity in the Market Place from first thing in the morning as the cyclists get ready. There will be opportunities to see them and their bikes up close and even get a few autographs.
Mansfield District Council is encouraging residents, businesses, schools and community groups to register their interest in planning activities or welcoming the event by signing up at www.mansfield.gov.uk/ToB2017.
The council wants to know what you have planned whether it’s making shakers, decorating your property or if you are a school that wants advice on the best and safest places for pupils to watch the race.
The town centre will be decorated, planters will be installed and reclaimed bicycles will be painted yellow to welcome the event.
Residents and businesses can join in by adding bunting to their fences, putting posters in their windows or plant colourful floral displays in their gardens.
There will be prizes for the best dressed house and garden and most impressive business/window display. Keep an eye on the council’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/mymansfielduk for further information.
The Executive Mayor of Mansfield, Kate Allsop, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for residents to help us showcase all that the district has to offer both to visitors and for the millions that will be watching live on television. We’d urge everyone to do what they can to make the district look its best and to come out in support on 6 September and make as much noise as possible to make the Tour of Britain a day to remember for everyone.”
Don’t miss The Big Welcome event in Mansfield Market Place from 10am on Tuesday 5 September – the last day of the school holidays. There will be cycling themed entertainment and activities for all the family including demos by professional riders, have-a-go sessions, music and arts and crafts. More information will be available shortly at www.mansfield.gov.uk /ToB2017.