THE penultimate stage of the televised OVO Energy Tour of Britain will pass through several Cotswolds locations this weekend.
Riders will start stage seven in Hemel Hempstead at 10.30am on Saturday, 9th September, and traverse Buckinghamshire before entering the Cotswolds via Charlbury and Shipton Under Wychwood and continuing to Bourton-on-the-Water before turning up the Fosse Way to Moreton-in-Marsh and Snowshill.
Riders will then turn towards Winchcombe and Cleeve Hill before finishing on the Promenade in Cheltenham town centre.
Australian rider, Caleb Ewan, won his third stage on Friday of the eight-stage race, while Dutch man Lars Boom is the current overall leader and the highest ranked British rider is Geraint Thomas of Team Sky.
There is live coverage on ITV4.
Cotswolds Tourism manager, Sally Graff, said: “It’s important that people know where and when the tour will be in their area.
“Those keen to see the race should ensure that they get to viewing areas well in advance of the lead cars arriving or they may face the prospect of being held up by a road closure.
“Similarly, anyone who is on the move and wants to avoid the disruptions to traffic flow caused by the race is advised to plan journeys to avoid any unnecessary delays.
“The estimated times of arrival are not set in stone but they will provide a very useful indication of the closure periods.
“Many towns and villages have lots of activities going on during the whole day, especially as there are also Heritage Open Days events to enjoy, so please ensure that you make the most of the many attractions available in the Cotswolds.”
Updates regarding road closures will be posted via social media @GlosCC and @GlosRoads. Cotswolds Tourism is posting about the tour and events locally via @cotswoldsinfo @CotsTourismbiz