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Nottingham will welcome hundreds of professional cyclists this summer

Nottingham has already played host to three major cycling events over the last four years and now it is ready to open its arms once again for the Tour of Britain.

Nottinghamshire successfully hosted an entire stage of the tour last September and spectators will now have the opportunity to witness cyclists pedal around the city centre this time around.

The event will take place on Saturday, September 8, starting in West Bridgford and ending in Mansfield.

The race is scheduled to pass through a number of villages and historical landmarks, such as Newstead Abbey, Clumber Park and Rufford Abbey.

Over 210,000 spectators lined the streets when the county hosted a stage of the tour for the first time in September 2017, and the success of the event made Nottingham an easy choice for race organisers this year.

Attracting such a huge event is viewed as a tremendous success for Nottingham.

The event is in the second tier of cycling events in the world – which is just behind the Tour de France when considering the standard of competitors.

Last year’s Tour of Britain boosted the local economy by around £3.4m and businesses across the county are confident that similar figures will be generated again this summer.

Evans Cycles employee, Ben Bratby, 22 said: “It get’s people into cycling, for customers it gets people inspired, events like this may be the difference between buying and not buying a bike.

“It’s incredibly important as it will get people who are not from Nottingham into the city.”

Money from tourists and people travelling from all over the UK arriving to witness the yearly held event is guaranteed to be spent on hotels, pubs, cafés, shops and on transport.

An estimated one million people watched the Nottinghamshire stage on ITV4 last year, as cyclists such as Mark Cavendish and Fernando Gaviria graced the home of the legend Robin Hood.