Chance to see Tour

TOP bike race the Tour of Britain will pass through south Gloucestershire on September 9.

Stage Seven of the race will start in Tewkesbury and finish at Gloucester Docks.

On the way the peloton is predicted to pass through Chipping Sodbury High Street at about 1.53pm, Station Road in Yate about three minutes later and head from Iron Acton to Cromhall at around 2pm to 2.10pm.

The cyclists could arrive up to 15 minutes earlier or later, depending on the weather and other conditions which could make their pace faster or slower.

The stage was originally intended to be part of last year’s Tour of Britain, but was cancelled following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Organisers say it will be “an undulating route to really test the riders on their penultimate day”.

South Gloucestershire Council leader Claire Young said: “We are excited to welcome the Tour of Britain to South Gloucestershire this September.

“The event is a great way to bring communities together to spectate as the riders pass through our countryside, towns and villages and will also showcase our wonderful area to its global audience of millions.”

Race director Mick Bennett said: “We know how much people in Gloucestershire were looking forward to our planned stage in 2022, so, a little later than expected, we’re excited to be heading to this beautiful part of Britain!”

South Gloucestershire Council is reminding anyone driving to see the race to plan in advance and leave plenty of time for journeys to allow for diversions in place because of the closure of the A432 Badminton Road bridge over the M4. 

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