These are the best places to watch the Tour of Britain in Nottinghamshire
The tour will spend the whole day in the county
The Tour of Britain, one of the top events in the country’s sporting calendar, has one of the eight stages contained entirely within Nottinghamshire.
Starting in Mansfield and ending in Newark, it takes in some of the county’s top sights, and thousands of people are expected to flock to the roadsides to watch the riders as they pass.
It takes in Eastwood, Hucknall and Gedling, and the peloton will also sweep through the grounds of Newstead Abbey, as well as the centre of Southwell.
Having passed through Sherwood Forest and Clumber Park, the route travels north into the towns of Worksop and Retford, as well as Harworth and Bircotes where the riders will race past the memorial to 1965 World Champion Tommy Simpson, the Nottinghamshire man who was the first Brit to wear the yellow jersey at the Tour de France.
There are three intermediate sprints during the stage, at Bilsthorpe, Ranskill and Collingham.
For those hoping to catch the action, the start and finish lines will probably be the most popular places to watch from.
It will leave from Leeming Street, in Mansfield, at 11am on September 6, and is expected to arrive in Victoria Street, in Newark, at around 3.20pm.
Most of the team buses will congregate at the finish line, and the neutral support crew, Vittoria, will be running competitions for youngsters and giving away freebies throughout the day.
Working out when the riders will arrive at certain locations is not an exact science, as it depends on the speed at which the racers travel at – at the finish line there is a time window of 46 minutes, meaning the riders are expected between 2.57pm and 3.43pm.
The first sprint, in Bilsthorpe, is expected to start around 12.50, the second in Ranskin at 2pm and the third in Collingham shortly before 3pm.
The category three climb, the toughest of the stage, will start at Eaton Wood at around 2.15pm.
Other notable highlights include Newstead at noon, Edwinstowe at 1pm and Worksop at 1.20pm.
While there are expected to be crowds along the road for much of the route, those who can’t make it out to see the race in person can tune in on ITV4 for live coverage throughout the day.
Thanks to the Nottingham Post for this story
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