The OVO Energy Tour of Britain cycling race comes to Ulverston’s cobbled streets on Friday 7th September 2018.
Stage Six, Barrow-in-Furness to Whinlatter in the Lake District, which passes through Ulverston, is the second Cumbrian stage of the race, following the previous day’s Cockermouth to Whinlatter team time trial. The stage covers a distance of 168.3km or 104.7mi in total.
Starting at Duke Street in Barrow-in-Furness, host venue for the first time, Tour riders will be making their way north along the A5087 Coast Road to Ulverston. The race is expected to reach the town at an estimated time of 11.37/11.42am.
The Ulverston leg marks the first sprint stage of the day. Riders will make their way down the A590 County Road, taking the 3rd exit at the roundabout up Market Street, against the one way system. After navigating the town centre’s narrow cobbled streets, riders will follow the race route up Soutergate, following the B5281 out of Ulverston to Broughton Beck, and on into the Lakes.
Set to be an exciting stage of the race, Tour of Britain organisers say that, following the previous day’s team time trial, ‘day six of the race will give fans the biggest hint yet as to who will be crowned the 2018 champion in London.’
Race organisers expect a good turnout, and encourage people to come and show their support by cheering on the riders along the race route:
‘this is a major international race and Britain’s largest free sporting event. So show your support for the British heroes and the international stars who will be taking part.’
Organisers warn of road closures on the morning of the 7th September and advise spectators to arrive and take their positions along the race route in good time:
‘A rolling road closure will be enforced on each of the stages. This means roads on and around the race route will be closed for a short period in which it takes the race to pass by – usually about 10-15 minutes around the estimated time of arrival and indicated by police escort vehicles.’
Stage Six of the Tour of Britain is hosted by Cumbria County Council and the main sponsor is BAE Systems. Businesses and organisations will be marking the occasion with a selection of art work, workshops and other events in the town. More detailed information to follow in a later post about the locally hosted events.
Visit the Tour of Britain website for more information about Stage Six, including maps, timetables and other important event information: www.tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/stage-six/