Bassetlaw gears up for Tour of Britain return

The route, which will take in both Worksop and Retford Town Centres begins in West Bridgford in Nottingham and finishes in Mansfield.

The announcement comes on the back of last year's successful event, which attracted 210,000 spectators on the day - one of the biggest turn-outs across the eight stage race across the UK.

The race boosted the Nottinghamshire economy by more than £3.4m.

With a global TV audience of millions, once again the eyes of the world will be on Nottinghamshire when 120 of the world’s top cyclists race the longest stage which is approximately 223 km long (139 miles).

The route will take in key Nottinghamshire landmarks such as the new Sherwood Forest Visitor centre, Newstead Abbey, Clumber Park and Trent Bridge Cricket Ground as well as dozens of towns including Retford and Worksop. 

Julie Leigh, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council said:

“Bassetlaw is delighted to once again be hosting a stage of the 2018 OVO Tour of Britain and we look forward to welcoming some of the world’s best cyclists.

“Last year the event was well supported by residents and visitors to the district and we hope that this year is an even bigger success. With the event being held this year on a Saturday, it is hoped that the area will see many more spectators flock to the streets and support this fantastic, large scale international sporting event.”

Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain Race Director added:

"The turn-out for the Nottinghamshire stage last year really was incredible.  The viewing figures for ITV4 show that Stage Four was popular with the audience at home too, with half a million people tuning in to watch the highlights– attracting the highest ratings of any of the other seven highlight shows.

"So we are delighted to be returning to Nottinghamshire as this year’s route makes it seem like a completely different county!  We are taking in a lot of new areas, approaching a significant part of 2017’s route from the opposite direction as well as having hillier sections this time."

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

Last Updated on Wednesday, September 19, 2018