On Thursday 8th September, Bath will be hosting a stage finish of the Tour of Britain, Britain’s premier cycling race, for the first time. Visitors and locals will be lining the streets to cheer on 120 professional cyclists from 20 teams. Stage Five will begin in Aberdare at 11am and is expected to arrive in Bath and North East Somerset at around 3.30pm, having crossed South Wales and Gloucestershire.

Visitors and residents are being encouraged to come along to the Cycle village on Royal Avenue, which will be open from 10am – 4pm and include giant screens showing the race live from 1pm.

Councillor Martin Veal (Conservative, Bathavon North), Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming the thousands of spectators to see the professional cyclists race through our area, finishing at the iconic Royal Avenue in front of the Royal Crescent. This will be shown live on ITV4 and around the world.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for local residents of all ages to see top class cyclists in action and be inspired by them, and a great opportunity for local businesses too.”

Tour of Britain Race Director Mick Bennett said: “Having hosted a start of the Tour of Britain and last year’s final round of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series, we are pleased this year to be working with Bath & North East Somerset Council to bring a stage finish to the historic city of Bath for the first time in the modern race.

“It begins the first of three days of racing in the South West of England that we know will appeal to the number of cycling and sports fans in the area, and what better way to start this than by racing into as iconic a location as Bath.”

Find out more at: www.bathnes.gov.uk

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