BRITAIN’S biggest cycle tour will come to the Chester area as part of the second stage of the Friends Life Tour of Britain.
The UK’s biggest professional cycle race will head through Cheshire West in September as the second stage of the race heads from Knowsley to Llandudno.
Monday, September 8, will see 120 of the world’s top cyclists racing through several of the borough’s towns and villages on the outskirts of Chester – including Waverton, Saighton, Farndon and Tarvin – on their way to Wales.
The 201km stage comes a day after the race begins in Liverpool, with an eight lap race around the city centre.
The second leg begins from Knowsley Safari Park, crossing the Mersey via the Silver Jubilee Bridge to Runcorn, and on into Cheshire West.
Cllr Stuart Parker, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s executive member for culture and economy, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Friends Life Tour of Britain to Cheshire West.
“Our glorious countryside will provide a wonderful backdrop to this
prestigious event and the global TV coverage offers us a fantastic opportunity to showcase our borough as a destination for cyclists.
“I am sure local residents will turn out in their thousands to line the route, cheer on the competitors and enjoy being part of what promises to be a truly thrilling spectacle.
“Cycling is a great fitness activity and I hope this high-profile event will inspire even more people in Cheshire West to enjoy our great outdoors on two wheels.”
The route is delivered by a police convoy to bring the team cars, media and race peloton through the communities. Spectators can look forward to seeing 10 teams who raced in this year’s Tour de France among the 20 squads taking part, with full details of the stage two route, including maps and ETA timetables available at www.tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/stage2/
After crossing into Wales at Holt, stage two passes through Wrexham and onto the finish in Llandudno via Flintshire, Denbighshire and the Conwy Valley, with the race climbing the Great Orme’s Marine Drive in the closing kilometres.