Where to see it

Crowds hanging over a barrier looking for racers

Here are the top tips to see the Tour of Britain in person or from the comfort of your own home…

In person:

Starting and finishing on Ladies Mile in Bristol, much of the stage on Tuesday passes through North Somerset.

Even if the race doesn’t go through your town or village, you won’t have to travel far to experience the excitement of seeing some of the world’s top cyclists race past.

Visit the Tour of Britain website for information from the organisers about the day and to view the route map and download approximate timings.

If you do go along on the day, the organisers have also got some spectator advice to keep you and the riders safe.

Some of the main points include…

  • check the route beforehand and note any road closures that might affect you – give yourself plenty of time to get where you want to be
  • bag a spectator spot early on so you can enjoy the build up to the peloton arriving
  • keep children back from the edge of the road and animals on a lead – riders will pass by very quickly!
  • don’t obstruct the riders in any way – keep flags and photography equipment out of the road
  • taking selfies is great but don’t turn your back on the race – face the oncoming riders at all times.

We’re lucky to have one of the sprint stages and a King of the Mountains climb in North Somerset (times are approximate):

  • Sprint 1 – Yatton at around 12.10pm
  • King of the Mountain 3 – Providence Lane, Long Ashton, 2.34pm

Road closures will be in place during the race, with a rolling roadblock as it passes through the area.

Some delays are to be expected, so allow extra time for your journey.

Visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/roadworks for the latest information and follow the council’s social media accounts.

On TV:

Cycle leader with celebratory arm in the air

Sit back and watch the race from the comfort of your own home with rolling coverage on television.

ITV4 is screening all eight stages from start to finish for the second year running.

Find ITV4 on Freeview (channel 24), Freesat (channel 117), Sky (channel 120) and Virgin Media (channel 118).

The live coverage on Tuesday will run from 11.15am to 3.30pm, with an hour-long highlights show at 8pm. This will then be available on catch-up via the ITV Hub for 30 days after broadcast.

Each daily highlights programme will be repeated the following day on ITV4 just before the live coverage begins.

Short clips will also be available on the official website and YouTube channel.

Eurosport will also be showing live coverage of the race in the UK.

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