Cheshire West to welcome Britain's biggst cycle tour
27 August 2014The 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.”
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.