The route for the Wiltshire stage of the Tour of Britain has been announced and now spectators will be looking for the best spots to catch the action.
Wiltshire Council is working with the tour backers and local communities to provide the latest information as the county prepares to host one of the major sporting events of the year.
Stage 6 will see more than 100 of the world’s top cyclists racing through the streets of Bradford on Avon, Trowbridge, Devizes and Pewsey and the villages along the 67.5km Wiltshire route.
Sir Bradley Wiggins was crowned champion last year and thousands are expected to line the roads through the county following the success of the Tour de France in Britain.
The Tour of Britain starts in Liverpool city centre on September 7 and will arrive in Wiltshire five days later as the riders tackle a 205.7km stage from Bath to Hemel Hempstead.
Stage 6 starts in front of Royal Crescent in Bath before heading into Wiltshire at Lower Stoke at around 10.40am.
The race continues along the B3108 before the crowds gathered at Bradford on Avon get their first glimpse of the riders on the A363 Masons Lane at just after 10.50am.
Spectators can watch the peloton in Silver Street and St Margaret’s Street before the teams head for Trowbridge along the A363 and are due to arrive on the outskirts of town at around 10.55am.
Bradford Road, Stallard Street and Bythesea Road will be closed as the cyclists speed through the town centre and onto Hilperton at around 11am.
The villages of Semington and Seend will become a blur as the peloton reaches speeds of more than 40kmh on the A361 before the next stop Devizes at 11.20am.
Soon the beautiful Vale of Pewsey will be the backdrop as the riders take first the A342 before turning onto the A345 and onto Pewsey itself, arriving in the town at around 11.50am.
The peloton will head out of town on the B3087 before finally turning onto the A338 and out of Wiltshire.
Jane Scott, leader of Wiltshire Council said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the county of Wiltshire to a global audience and we are delighted to host Stage 6 of the tour.
“The Tour of Britain is now one of the major cycling events in the world and the perfect event to continue to encourage people to enjoy the benefits of cycling following the success of the Tour de France in Britain.
“Since 2012, we have recognised the benefits of building a legacy in Wiltshire and we promote a number of beautiful cycling routes across Wiltshire for local communities and visitors to enjoy. We want to continue to boost the local economy and have a host of activities that encourage people to get more active and improve their health and wellbeing.
“I hope this major event will see communities getting involved, like they did when we welcomed the Olympic Torch in 2012, and that they will take the opportunity to showcase what makes them unique. We hope that school children and local people will line the streets and show their support for the cyclists as they pass through our county.”
The full list of roads used on the 67.5km Wiltshire section of Stage 6:
11.42am – B3108 Lower Stoke before heading along the B3108 Winsley Hill and Winsley Road.
10.51am – Bradford on Avon: A363 Masons Lane, Silver Street and St Margaret’s Street before heading out of town along the A363 Trowbridge Road and through Widbrock Hill, Trowle and Cockhill.
10.57am – Trowbridge: A363 Bradford Road, Stallard Street and Bythesea Road before the A361 County Way and Hilperton Road and then B3105 Trowbridge Road.
11.02am – Hilperton: Devizes Road and A361 Trowbridge Road.
11.14am – Seend: A361 High Street, Seend Hill and Caen Hill.
11.23am Devizes: A361 Bath Road, New Park Street, Gains Lane before A341 Nursteed Road and A342 Monument Hill, Andover Road in Chirton, Pewsey Road in Charlton and Rushall Road.
11.52 am Pewsey: A345 Salisbury Road and Church Street before out of town along the B3087 High Street, Milton Road and Burbage Road.
12.03pm – A338 Grafton Road, Piccadilly (Morten) and into West Berkshire.
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