The biggest cycling race in Britain is coming back into Nottinghamshire again this year – this time with a chance to catch the action in the city centre.
The Tour of Britain is set to return to Nottinghamshire in 2018 after successfully hosting the stage last September. And this time the people in the city centre will get to catch a glimpse of the two-wheeled action.
This year, the international cycling competition is expected to take place on Saturday, September 8, starting in West Bridgford and ending in Mansfield.
Last year’s race was screened on ITV4. The show was a ratings hit – with more than one million people tuning in to watch the Tour of Britain pass through Nottinghamshire.
After an estimated 210,000 lined the streets last year to witness the event, 2018 will be the third time in four years that Nottingham will be part of the peloton.
Derek Higton, services director at the county council, oversaw planning for last year’s event in and around Nottingham. He is set do do so again this September.
Speaking to business leaders at an event for networking group Nottingham Partners, held at Center Parcs, he said: “It was a massive thing for the county – cycling is a massively growing sport for participation and spectators.
“The Tour of Britain is in the second tier of cycling events in the world, just behind the Tour de France, so it’s a major deal in the sporting world.”
Nottingham city centre was last seen in the tour in 2015, but it missed out last year as 120 riders travelled a 165km route from Mansfield to Newark.
At 165km, Nottinghamshire was the shortest and flattest of the eight stages, lasting under four hours. Altogether the stages were spread across 19 counties altogether.