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Edwinstowe to host start of Notts stage of Tour of Britain

Posted onPosted on 20th Jun

Sherwood Forest will provide a backdrop to the Tour of Britain cycle race when it returns to the county later this year.

Stage four of the showpiece event will start at Forest Corner in Edwinstowe – a short distance away from the iconic Major Oak and RSPB Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre – before finishing in Newark on Wednesday, 6th September.

The full route will be launched soon, but the world-class field of riders will pass through several towns and villages in the districts of Bassetlaw and Newark and Sherwood along the 170-kilometre stage.

Popular visitor destinations Southwell Minster and Clumber Park will also feature on the stage as Nottinghamshire gears up to host the Tour for a fourth time since 2017.

Nottinghamshire County Council Leader, Coun Ben Bradley MP, said: ““We enjoyed three incredible days when the race came to the county in 2017, 2018 and last year, with the 2022 stage boosting our local economy by more than £4m and hailed for having the best crowds of the whole race by organisers.

“I look forward to seeing miles of bunting, flags, yellow bikes and creative displays along the route – so don’t forget to look out for more details in the coming weeks about how you can play your part in this year’s race.”

The return of the race to Nottinghamshire last year boosted the local economy by £4.34m – with a 225,000 fans lining the 116-mile route.

Coun Paul Peacock, leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, added: “I’m delighted to see that the Tour of Britain is returning to the district, we have some amazing communities who really embrace the tour, villages such as Edwinstowe, Farnsfield and Blidworth have really made the effort to decorate the village and welcome the race previously.

“This year with the race stage starting at Forest Corner and finishing in Newark more of our communities will have the chance to support the event.

“Newark is no stranger to cycling events with the Town Centre Races taking place at the end of July.

“The Tour coming to Newark will be great for local business, with more visitors encouraged to come into the district alongside our local residents who will be out too watching this amazing spectacle.”

Gemma Howarth, RSPB area manager for the East Midlands, said: “We are thrilled that RSPB Sherwood Forest has been selected as the starting point for this stage of the Tour of Britain. Sherwood is such a culturally iconic British location, which attracts thousands of visitors from across the globe.

“So, to have the world’s top cyclists coming to Robin Hood’s Forest makes it a perfect fit and a very exciting occasion for the RSPB, the county and the community of Edwinstowe.”

Full details of stage four and which teams and riders will be competing in the race will be announced in due course.

Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain race director, said: “Given the size of the crowd and the wall of noise that greeted the world’s best riders for our last stage in Nottinghamshire in 2022, it makes perfect sense to return there this year.

“I reckon we’re going to be treated to another thrilling day of world-class, free-to-watch, sporting action, set to a backdrop of some the most spectacular scenery Great Britain has to offer.

“The continued support of our stakeholders in Nottinghamshire cannot be overlooked and I thank them for their passion in helping make the Tour’s visits to Robin Hood Country a lasting memory for so many.”

The modern-day Tour of Britain was launched in 2004 and – apart from the Covid-19 pandemic forcing its cancellation in 2020 – has taken place annually every September over eight days.

It is British cycling’s premier road event and will feature the world’s top teams and riders, alongside the best British-based cyclists, with a field expected to be made up of Tour de France winners, Olympians, and world champions.

Live coverage of the race is shown daily in the UK on ITV4, in addition to around the world.

The Tour of Britain is part of the UCI ProSeries, making it one of the most prestigious sporting events in the sport’s global calendar.