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Stage Five of the Tour of Britain 2021 will be finishing in front of our famous Golden Gates on Thursday 9 September.

It is the first time that Warrington has served as a host venue for the event. In addition to showcasing our town as a cycling destination, the Tour of Britain brings a fantastic opportunity to promote to our community the many benefits getting on a bicycle can have, from living healthier lives and helping with our wellbeing to caring for our environment. It will bring huge benefits to Warrington, boosting the local economy, bringing an influx of visitors, elite cyclists coming through the town and showcasing our sporting credentials to a global audience.

We also want to ensure that being a host venue serves as a catalyst for inspiring many more local people to take up cycling.

What is the Tour of Britain?

Relaunched in 2004 after a five-year absence from the calendar, the Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event, held annually across eight days in September.

The free-to-watch sporting spectacular features Olympic, world and Tour de France champions, and attracts a roadside audience of over 1.5m spectators. Live coverage of the race is shown daily in the UK on ITV4, in addition to around the world. The Tour of Britain is part of the UCI ProSeries, making it one of the most prestigious events in the sport’s global calendar.

From the very start of the day to ending with the battle for the stage win, find out how the event is delivered and how the racing unfolds out along the route by visiting tourofbritain.co.uk.

How you can get involved

There is more information about how communities can get involved with the Tour of Britain on the ToB website.

A great way to get behind the Tour of Britain and show your support is to get the whole community involved. Use bunting, flags, banners – maybe even a land art creation – to make your town memorable for the riders as well as showcasing your town for all the TV viewers across the world!

Get creative by designing your own cycling jersey, bunting, flags, banners and/or posters to be displayed ahead of/on the day of the race’s visit.

Cycling for everyone

Warrington is perfect for cycling because it's relatively flat and compact. Most places are close and easy to get to by bike, and with a vast network, you could make up your own route or follow one of our suggestions.

Why not join a group, go on an organised ride or take part in an event? With cycle routes galore and signs to keep you on the right track, there are lots of ways you can get involved and take up cycling in Warrington. For more information, visit our cycling page.

Schools

We want to ensure that being a host venue inspires the next generation -  local children -  to take up cycling. One of the highlights of the Tour of Britain is seeing thousands of schoolchildren line the route of each stage. The increased cycling profile that the Tour of Britain will bring to Warrington gives us a great opportunity to encourage children to get active and lead healthier lifestyles.

Ahead of the 2021 Tour of Britain have a look at the organiser's schools information pack, which provides you with all of the information you need to get your school involved and ready for the race.

Businesses

The event is an opportunity for local businesses on the route to celebrate and embrace cycling as the race comes past your doors, as well as maximise business opportunities from increased customers and visitors. For more visit tourofbritain.co.uk/community/local-business-information.

Why not decorate your business frontages and let staff line the route on the day of the event? Or if possible, let colleagues come to the Town Centre to view the finish area.

A number of roads will be closed between 2pm and 4.30pm that may impact on your business operations, visitors to your site, deliveries, staff start and finish times etc. Ensure that you consider any impact on your business and make arrangements with your suppliers and others that may be planning to visit your site on the day.

Please note that Sankey Street and some of the surrounding roads will be closed from 5am with the section of Liverpool Road to Sankey Street closed from 1pm.

Land Art Competition

The Tour of Britain’s National Land Art competition is a fantastic way to get involved and show your support for Britain’s biggest professional cycle race every September.

Communities, schools, clubs, businesses, land owners and farmers come together to install eye-catching creations in support of Britain’s most prestigious international cycle race that always proves popular with the worldwide television audience.

Entries for the 2021 competition are now open - visit tourofbritain.co.uk/community/land-art for more information.

Spectator information

Attending the 2021 Tour of Britain? Be sure to plan ahead and get the most out of your day.

If you're lining the route please ensure you stand back from the kerb edge in a safe location, don't stand on the road or have anything that overhangs the kerb edge. This will ensure the safety of both spectators and the riders.

Where to park

There are lots of council run car parks you can choose from or there is a useful map showing all town centre car park locations, both council and privately owned. 

Road closures

Because of the nature of the event, a rolling road closure will be enforced. This means that roads on and around the race route will have a no parking restriction on them from 9am in the morning to 4.30pm to ensure that there are no obstructions for the safety of the riders.

A number of roads will be closed between 2pm and 4.30pm. Other roads along the route will be closed for a shorter period to allow the race to pass by – usually for approximately 20 minutes before the lead riders arrive – and then for approximately the same time again to allow the riders and race convoy to pass. Once the convoy has passed roads will be reopened, although it is likely that there will be major delays.