UK’s premier race to pass through town

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The Tour of Britain will pass through Eastwood and the mayor has described it as “marvellous news for the town”.

September will see 120 of the world’s top cyclists racing through Eastwood and Brinsley for the Tour of Britain – the UK’s premier road cycling race.

Town Mayor Keith Longdon said: “I think it’s fantastic.

“It’s absolutely marvellous news.

“Anything that comes through Eastwood and promotes the town is just fantastic.

“I know it will be well received by locals. People in Eastwood will receive this with open arms. It will be great.”

Coun Longdon said town councillors are currently looking at organising an event in the town to coincide with the race.

“We are thinking of doing something in Eastwood at the same time to mark the event,” he said.

“We discussed a possible fun day at our last town council meeting.

“We would put entertainment on for the kids, maybe do fancy dress.

“Nothing is definite at this stage and we are going to have a meeting to discuss some different ideas.”

For the first time ever, Nottinghamshire will host an entire 175km stage of the race.

It is the only county in the Midlands to host one of the eight stages.

Cyclists will take in Brinsley, Eastwood, Hucknall and Gedling, the grounds of Newstead Abbey, Sherwood Forest and Clumber Park before heading to the north of the county and back down to Newark.

The race will also pass through Harworth and Bircotes, passing the museum and memorial to 1965 World Champion, Tommy Simpson.

John Delaney, head of property services at Broxtowe Borough Council, said: ”This is fantastic news for Nottinghamshire, and for the people of Eastwood and Brinsley who will get to see a major sporting event free of charge on their doorsteps.”

Derek Higton, Nottinghamshire County Council service director for cultural services said with an audience of 1.6million, all eyes will be on Nottinghamshire.

He said: “This is a great coup for Nottinghamshire to host a full stage of the UK’s biggest free-to-attend sporting event for the first time

“With a world-wide audience of millions and 1.6 million spectators expected over the 8-day race, all eyes will be on Nottinghamshire on September 6. We are delighted at the prospect of some of the biggest names in cycling coming to our county and hope it inspires more people to cycle, whether that be to get to work, help them keep fit, or just to get out to enjoy the great outdoors.”

It will be the first time that Nottinghamshire has hosted a start and finish of a stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain.

The race last passed through the county in 2015 when a stage finished in Nottingham.

Mick Bennett, race director of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, said: “We have worked hard with our Nottinghamshire partners to create an attractive route that will take in six of the counties districts and bring the OVO Energy Tour of Britain to areas we have never before visited.”