BRITAIN’S biggest cycling race will wheel through parts of the borough next month.
On Wednesday, September 6, 20 teams of elite cyclists will ride their way from Mansfield to Newark, taking in parts of Gedling borough on the way.
Starting in Mansfield, the full 165km route will take in more than 45 town and villages across Nottinghamshire, including Edwinstowe, Worksop, Eastwood, Watnall, Southwell, Farnsfield, Coddington, Scooby, Retford and finishing in Newark.
Newstead, Ravenshead and the grounds of Newstead Abbey are also all included in the route for stage four of the exciting cycling contest.
To celebrate the event, The Pit micropub in Newstead Village will be opening at 11am on the day, helping to keep cycling fans refreshed as they wait to catch a glimpse of their cycling heroes when they pass by the pub.
Pub owner Lorraine Horrocks said: “The Tour of Britain passing by our pub is a big deal for us. We’ll be opening at 11am and there will be free cake on offer.”
The riders are expected to reach Newstead village at around 12pm.
If you can’t get out to watch the event, you can view it from the comfort of your own home, with ITV4 screening the contest in its entirety.
Councillor Kay Cutts, the leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, welcomed the news of the live screening.
She said: “This is a double first – the first time an entire stage of the Tour of Britain is set to be hosted here in Nottinghamshire – and now the first time that it will be broadcast live.
“It will be unique opportunity to promote Nottinghamshire for tourism and inward investment – particularly as we are the only county in the Midlands to be hosting the race.
“It’s estimated that the economic benefits to the local economy will be around £500,000, based on the impact seen in other locations when hosting the start or finish elements of the race in previous years.
“When viewer tune on Wednesday 6 September, not only will famous Nottinghamshire landmarks such Sherwood Forest, Rufford Abbey, Southwell Minster and the DH Lawrence Birthplace museum be showcased, it will be chance for viewers to see the hard work and creativity by local schools and communities which will help transform the route with bunting, yellow bikes and flags as well as various land art creations.”
You can read more about the event at the official website: http://www.tourofbritain.co.uk
Learn more about The Pit micropub at their website: http://www.thepitmicropub.co.uk