Cheshire West to welcome Britain's biggst cycle tour

27 August 2014

The Friends Life Tour of Britain - the UK’s biggest professional cycle race - will head through Cheshire West this September as the second stage of the race heads from Knowsley to Llandudno.
 
Monday September 8 will see 120 of the world’s top cyclists racing through several of the borough’s towns and villages - including Acton Bridge, Kingsley and Tarvin - on their way to Wales.
 
The 201-kilometre stage comes a day after the race has begun in Liverpool, with an eight lap race around the city centre. The second leg begins from Knowsley Safari Park, crossing the Mersey via the Silver Jubilee Bridge to Runcorn, and on into Cheshire West.
 
Councillor Stuart Parker, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Economy, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Friends Life Tour of Britain to Cheshire West.
 
“Our glorious countryside will provide a wonderful backdrop to this prestigious event and the global TV coverage offers us a fantastic opportunity to showcase our borough as a destination for cyclists.
 
“I am sure local residents will turn out in their thousands to line the route, cheer on the competitors and enjoy being part of what promises to be a truly thrilling spectacle.
 
“Cycling is a great fitness activity and I hope that this high-profile event will inspire even more people in Cheshire West to enjoy our great outdoors on two wheels.” The route is delivered by a police convoy to bring the team cars, media and race peloton through the communities.
 
Time range will vary depending on the speed of the race at each point, but the estimated schedule is as follows:
 
Dutton                      10:52am – 11:10am
Acton Bridge             11:00 am – 11:19am
Kingsley                   11:07am – 11:32am
Manley                     11:17am – 11:38am
Ashton Hayes           11:22am – 11:43am
Tarvin                       11:28am – 11:53am
Waverton                  11:37am – 12:00 noon
Saighton                   11:41 am – 12:04pm
Farndon                    11:53am – 12:18pm
 
Spectators can look forward to seeing 10 teams who raced in this Summer’s Tour de France among the twenty squads taking part, with full details of the Stage Two route, including maps and ETA timetables available here www.tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/stage2/index.php  
 
After crossing into Wales at Holt, Stage Two passes through Wrexham and on to the finish in Llandudno via Flintshire, Denbighshire and the Conwy Valley, with the race climbing the Great Orme’s Marine Drive in the closing kilometres.

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