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Be prepared for Tour of Britain!

People are being warned to be prepared for travel disruption on Saturday as the world's top cycling stars sprint through parts of Mansfield in the Tour of Britain race.

This year's OVO Energy Tour of Britain starting line up was the strongest in race history, including three of the current world top five.

The race features Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas and Sky team mate Chris Froome, along with riders in Team Wiggins, the professional team founded by Sir Bradley Wiggins. They are among 120 riders taking part in the UK's biggest free-to-watch sporting event. It started on Sunday and is being broadcast live on ITV4 to a global audience of millions.

A series of rolling road closures will be in place between 3pm and 4.30pm as the cyclists race the final five miles of Stage 7 through the north side of Mansfield to the finishing line outside the Civic Centre in Chesterfield Road South.

Vehicle restrictions around the finish line on Chesterfield Road South, between the Rufford Arms and Rosemary Street, will be in place for most of the day. Residents and businesses have been advised how this area will be affected but the general public should be aware that there is no through road between 4.30am and 8pm. 

The route takes in the A60 Nottingham Road, Atkin Lane, Skegby Lane, Beck Lane, Abbott Road and Chesterfield Road South. Diversions will be in place during road closures and motorists are advised to leave extra time for their journeys in and around Mansfield on Saturday afternoon.

There will also be parking restrictions in place on the route and any vehicles found parked on it after 1pm on Saturday will be towed away and issued with a parking ticket and release fee. 

Cllr Dave Saunders, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Growth at Mansfield District Council, said: "The excitement about the Tour of Britain is really building now and we can hardly wait to give these cycling stars a really warm Mansfield welcome.

"There will be travel disruption during the day so we are asking people who plan to be out and about or come to see the finish to be mindful of that and leave plenty of time for their journeys. 

"Better still, why not arrive by train? You can make a whole day of it by joining in the fun of the all-day festival at Chesterfield Road Park."

Visitors arriving by car are advised to use one of the town centre car parks, which are about a ten-minute walk from Chesterfield Road Park.

At the festival, which runs from 11am to 5pm, the attractions will include a BMX pump track, cycling and fitness sessions, E-bikes, community cycling races, giant games, Wonky Olympics workshop, balance workshops, entertainers, live music, arts and crafts and the Tour of Britain village where there could be a chance to snatch a selfie and autograph with the cycling stars after they have crossed the finishing line.

Published on 4 September 2018

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