Worcestershire welcomes top pro cyclists

tofb Published Friday, 8th September 2017

Get ready to be inspired by likes of Mark Cavendish and Geraint Thomas when the world's top riders take part in the final stage of the Tour of Britain cycling event which starts from Worcester this Sunday (September 10).

Top pro-cycling teams from all over the world will be taking part in the last stage of the OVO Tour of Britain, from Worcester to Cardiff this Sunday.

The OVO Energy Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event, giving local residents and cycling fans the opportunity to see the world’s best teams and riders competing on their door step.

This will be the eighth and final stage of the international race, which started on September 3 in Edinburgh. The race will see cyclists leave The Hive in Worcester at 11am, continue through Pershore, Defford, Upton and Welland before heading up Little Malvern to British Camp as part of the 180km course which concludes in Cardiff on Sunday.

The Worcestershire section will see cyclist pass through at these approximate times:        

Worcester Croft Road (departure)                  11:00am

Cathedral Square                                             }

London Road                                                    }Neutralised

Whittington Road                                              }

Swinesherd Way (A4440)                                 }

Spetchley crossroads roundabout                     }

Windmill Hill (B4084)                                         }

Drakes Broughton (B4084)                                }

B4084 near Allesborough Hill (Start Proper)   11:20am

Pershore (High St/Broad St)                            11:22am

Defford (A4104)                                               11:29am

Baughton (A4104)                                            11:34am

Holly Green (A4104)                                        11:40am

Upton-upon-Severn (A4104)                            11:41am

Welland (A4104)                                              11:48am

King of Mountain start on Marlbank                 11:52am

King of Mountain top at British Camp              11:57am

Cllr John Smith, OBE  Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: "It is a great pleasure to host the Tour of Britain in Worcestershire once again.  We are proud of our county and all it has to offer. National sporting events like this one will showcase our beautiful countryside and put us on the map. 

"In addition to attracting tourists and cycling enthusiasts from all parts of Britain, we also hope there will be an increase in interest in cycling from local people and all the benefits that being active brings with it." 

Health experts agree that a regular exercise such as 10 minute brisk walking or going for a cycle ride can make people feel better. It has been found to boost energy levels and reduce the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Frances Howie, Director of Public Health added: "Events like these mean that everyone can have the opportunity to see top athletes in action.   We hope that as well as the economic benefits, local people will get inspired to be more active. Doing 10 minutes brisk exercise can make all the difference.  After all, everyone has to start somewhere, even Mark Cavendish." 

Find out more about Tour of Britain online http://www.tourofbritain.co.uk

There is also more information for cyclist including routes and GPX downloads on the Worcestershire County Council website www.worcestershire.gov.uk/cycling

For more on the health benefits of getting active and the Active 10 campaign click www.nhs.uk/oneyou/active10/home#aPfCFUBkx2EzSgGQ.97