Residents in Gedling borough are gearing up (excuse the pun) for the Tour of Britain race later this year and a new interactive map has been created showing the route competitors will take through our towns and villages.
The 190-kilometre (around 118 miles) fifth stage of the showpiece event takes place on Thursday, September 8 and will start in West Bridgford before finishing in Mansfield.
Riders making their way to the finish line in Mansfield will be heading through Lambley and down onto Colliery Way, which they will take to Mapperley Plains. They will then pass Woodborough before making their way to Calverton and then go past Ravenshead before leaving the borough.
Communities based on the route are now being urged by Nottinghamshire County Council to get involved in the event and help ‘showcase what our great county has to offer’. They want locals to transform their towns and villages with bunting, flags, yellow bikes and creative displays to celebrate the sporting spectacular as it passes through our county.
They have also called on landowners to get into the spirit of the Tour by taking part in a national land art competition, to turn fields, hills, gardens, or any open spaces into unusual art displays.
The tradition of creating huge pieces of art visible from above for television cameras during bike races has long been celebrated and race organisers have again launched a competition to find the most eye-catching.
Councillor Tom Smith, Nottinghamshire County Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “The return of the Tour of Britain to Nottinghamshire is a great opportunity for communities to come together and show their support for what is a truly global sporting event which will once again put us on the international map.
“On the two previous occasions we’ve hosted the race, we had so many examples of land art creations by schools, community groups and landowners which were highlighted by Tour organisers for inspiring them to encourage people across the route to show their support and get creative.
“Who can forget the iconic image of a bicycle made of sheep feeding created by Nottinghamshire farmer Des Allen during the 2017 stage, footage which subsequently went viral on social media.
“So, with a global TV audience of millions and the eyes of the world on Nottinghamshire again this year, let’s get creative and help make it a sporting extravaganza to remember and showcase what our great county has to offer.”