OVO Energy Tour of Britain

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Bassetlaw will host a section of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, the UK’s premier road cycling race, this September as the event visits Nottinghamshire for the first time. It is the only county in the Midlands to host one of the eight stages.

Wednesday 6 September will see 120 of the world’s top cyclists racing a 175-kilometre stage from Mansfield to Newark-on-Trent.  The route will take in parts of North Nottinghamshire before heading through Sherwood Forest and into Bassetlaw, starting with Clumber Park.

The stage will loop the north of the county and take in the towns of Worksop and Retford, as well as many of the district’s picturesque villages along the way.  The OVO Energy Tour of Britain will also pass through Harworth and Bircotes, passing the museum and memorial to 1965 World Champion Tom Simpson.

Derek Higton, Nottinghamshire County Council Service Director for Cultural Services said: “This is a great coup for Nottinghamshire to host a full stage of the UK’s biggest free-to-attend sporting event for the first time.

“With a world-wide audience of millions and 1.6 million spectators expected over the 8-day race, all eyes will be on Nottinghamshire on Wednesday 6 September.  

“We are delighted at the prospect of some of the biggest names in cycling coming to our county and hope it inspires more people to cycle, whether that be to get to work, help them keep fit, or just to get out to enjoy the great outdoors.

“With 175 kilometres of Nottinghamshire roads due to be covered by the race, there will be plenty of opportunities for local spectators to be part of this fantastic event. More details will be announced over the coming months.”

It will be the first time that Nottinghamshire has hosted a start and finish of a stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain.  The race last passed through the county in 2015 when a stage finished in Nottingham.

David Armiger, Director of Regeneration and Neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council, said: 

“Bassetlaw is delighted to host a stage of this year’s OVO Tour of Britain and welcome some of the world’s best cyclists.

“A large portion of the stage will take place within Bassetlaw and give a world-wide audience the chance to see some of our most picturesque sights as well as pay homage to Tom Simpson, the first British man to wear the Yellow Jersey in the Tour de France, as the race passes through his home town of Harworth and Bircotes.

“Our district has a proud cycling heritage and the people of Bassetlaw turned out in their thousands to watch the Tour de Yorkshire pass through Simpson’s home town last year. I am certain that spectators and cycling enthusiasts will once again turn out on mass to line the route and create a fantastic atmosphere.”

Mick Bennett, Race Director of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, said: “We have worked hard with our Nottinghamshire partners to create an attractive route that will take in six of the counties districts and bring the OVO Energy Tour of Britain to areas we have never before visited.

“The Nottinghamshire leg will be the only stage of the OVO Tour of Britain this year in the Midlands, which will bring fans from across the country to watch Stage Four whether in Mansfield, Newark or across the route.”

OVO Energy, the UK’s top rated independent energy supplier was recently announced as the title sponsor of the Tour of Britain.

The OVO Energy Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event, giving cycling fans the opportunity to see the world’s best teams and riders competing on their door step, taking place between Sunday 3 and Sunday 10 September 2017.

You can find out more information by visiting the Tour of Britain page.

Published: Tuesday 25 April 2017