Nottinghamshire is hosting stage 4 of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain 2017

This is Britain's biggest and most prestigious professional cycling race.

Tour facts

  • The first Tour of Britain was in 2004
  • This year 21 teams from 10 different countries will take part
  • In Nottinghamshire you will see 120 of the world’s top cyclists racing a 175-kilometre stage from Mansfield to Newark
  • It is the biggest FREE live attendance event in the UK
  • It attracts over 1.6 million spectators over the eight day event
  • The Tour is broadcast to over 120 countries and is LIVE from start to finish each day on ITV4
  • One million viewers from across the world watch per day on ITV4

Tips for the best Tour of Britain experience

  • Be ready! The riders will flash by at speeds you would not have imagined!
  • Don’t let off flares. It’s not safe and the riders hate it
  • Do not try to touch or push the riders – they don’t need it and they don’t want it and it’s against the rules
  • Don’t throw water – even if you’ve seen it on the Tour de France
  • Don’t run alongside the riders, especially in your underwear. Give the riders space and you will look like an idiot
  • Pick a good spot – try to position yourself at a point where you can see the riders approach for the longest amount of time
  • Plan your day and your route. Try to arrive from a direction unaffected by road closures and allow plenty of time for your journey
  • Take your bike. If feasible watch the tour on two wheels
  • Support your favourite riders and teams by chalking the road and waving a banner or flag
  • Leave no trace, do not drop any litter on the route

The route

The route takes in some of Nottinghamshire's best visitor attractions including Newstead Abbey, Southwell Minster, Sherwood Forest, Rufford Abbey, Clumber Park and Newark Castle. It passes through much of our district before finishing at Sconce and Devon Park in Newark.

The finish in Newark

The finish of Stage 4 at Sconce and Devon park in Newark will be an enormous event for the town. Local cycling clubs together and local school children (with help from British Cycling) will be given the opportunity to cycle the finish line.

There will be lots happening in the town and on the park. There will be a giant screen showing live coverage of the race, street entertainment and a final chance for children to make their streamers and noisy shakers for the race.

Beaumond House are hosting a tour party in the castle grounds from lunchtime with live music, refreshments, children's activities and balloons galore!

At the finish the Tour of Britain crew and riders will be on hand to greet the crowds and grab a selfie whilst enjoying the podium presentations.

2017

Get involved

We're inviting local residents, businesses, schools, community groups to get involved!

Join us on the day and make some noise with cow bells and shakers. Hundreds of homes and businesses will line the race route, so why not dress your fencing with bunting or decorate bikes around your town and village. You could dress up yourself to wave on the riders or if you're feeling really creative produce some land art for the aerial film crews to pick up.

Volunteering

Be proud to be part of the Nottinghamshire Stage 4 race day excitement by volunteering. Join in and help make this the most enjoyable and safe experience possible.

Events near to you

There are celebration events taking place across the whole county. Keep a close eye on our social media and in the local press and find out what's happening locally.

Newark and Sherwood Festival of Cycling

We are celebrating the tour in our district with a week-long festival of cycling around the race. 

Vittoria Grand Tour Bus at Sherwood Pines

Our Festival of Cycling got off to a cracking start when the Vittoria Grand Tour Bus and Servizio Corse cars visited Sherwood Pines.

There were mountain bike and road rides during the day and a Servizio Corse car accompanied riders giving a feeling of riding a tour stage.

A number of well-known local riders including multi world champion Geoff Cooke joined in to offer riding, training and nutritional advice.

Pre-tour party!

On Tuesday 5 September the pre-tour party takes place in Newark Market Place from 4pm.

Celebrating our Festival of Cycling an exciting junior Go Ride will take place around the centre of Newark with accompanying music and entertainment in the market square.

The event is shaping up to include live music by local bands Flipside (Facebook, Website) and Big Stuff (Facebook) until 9pm, a craft/vintage/shabby chic market of local crafters and makers, food from local traders, street entertainment, and a chance for children to make a Tour of Britain wind streamer or shaker. All in partnership with Newark Town Council, Newark Castle Cycling Club and Totally Locally Newark.

Supported by Radio Newark, the Newark Advertiser and Active4Today - join us to get the tour-party started.

The district is going yellow

From start to finish we are encouraging the district to go yellow for Stage 4 of the race.

Famous the world over the yellow jersey of the race leader is instantly recognisable in many grand tour races. During the summer months we will be positioning yellow bicycles near the entrance and exit to many of the towns on the route. Please get involved by adding your own decorated bikes to your towns and villages. 

Roads and road closures

Static road closures will be in force at both the start of the race in Mansfield and at the finish in Newark.

Rolling road closures will operate throughout the middle section of the tour and delays are estimated at being around 30 minutes maximum in each town and village. 

Special stages

There are two special sprint stages in Newark and Sherwood - in Bilsthorpe and in Collingham.

The third sprint is in Ranskill, near Retford and the King of the Mountains climb is at Eaton Wood, near Retford.

At each of the three sprints, riders will battle for time bonuses and points towards the red Eisberg Sprints Jersey. 

Teams and riders

During the coming weeks the Tour of Britain team will be announcing the teams that are taking part. We will share with you the big names and local riders and explain which coloured jerseys to look out for.

Safety first and cheer points

An important aspect of the tour will be thinking about where the best and safest places are to cheer on the cyclists. We will be working closely with parish councils, spectator locations such as Clumber Park as well as with Nottinghamshire Police to keep you updated.

Watch the tour on TV

For the first time ever this year cycling fans can enjoy LIVE TV coverage from start to finish for each stage of the tour as well as a one-hour highlights programme each evening. Our district will be broadcast to over 120 countries!

The OVO ToB team are particularly keen to hear about activities taking place in your communities that can be picked up by aerial film crews. Please let us know if you are arranging any aerial land art or flag waving from roof tops and towers and we will pass it on to the film crews who are planning the TV coverage.

Jerseys to look out for

Within the OVO Energy Tour of Britain there are four leaders’ jerseys, each presented following every stage to the rider leading that competition’s classification. In 2017 this is headed by the leader’s green jersey, which this year gets a makeover to reflect the title partnership with OVO Energy

The OVO Energy Green Jersey

Awarded to the rider leading The OVO Energy Tour of Britain overall, the Green Jersey is what every rider in The Tour seeks to pull on.

The Wiggle Points Jersey

Awarded to the most consistent finisher in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, the Wiggle Points Jersey is Britain’s equivalent of the Tour de France’s green jersey.

The SKODA King of the Mountains Jersey

Awarded to the best climber in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, riders battle for points at designated SKODA King of the Mountains climbs on every road stage of The Tour.

The Eisberg Sprints Jersey

Each road stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain features three intermediate Sprints, where points are awarded towards the Eisberg Sprints Jersey. Highly popular with fans, riders battle it out to be first across the sprint line to claim points, and also bonus seconds to be taken off their overall race time.

Charity Partners

Beaumond House Community Hospice is our charity partner at Newark Castle for the OVO Energy Tour of Britain. Thank you in advance to everyone who visits their cake stall and donates to this amazing charity. Local businesses are sponsoring music in the bandstand, kids crafts and street entertainment from lunchtime until 4pm on Wednesday 6 Sept.

We are also delighted to announce that The Flower Pod in Southwell (Reach charity) will be supplying the flowers for the podium and the winning presentation bouquets.

Beaumond House Community Hospice, Newark Southwell Flower Pod - Reach charity

Let's get social

We are keen to share your news and help you promote the activities taking place in your communities. 

Join in the conversation using our social media accounts

Please post your photo's to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using #NottsToB

Radio Newark

Our local radio team Radio Newark are supporting the tour!

  • Live coverage on the day
  • Travel and parking updates
  • Drive time interviews as the big day approaches
  • Sports features with Mick promoting the Newark and Sherwood Festival of Cycling

Radio Newark

The Newark Advertiser is supporting the tour!

Look out for weekly event previews, interviews and information about the festival of cycling.

On the day enjoy live blogs and social media posts from reporters in Southwell and Newark. There will be video, photographs, interviews and updates on the race, throughout the day by visiting newarkadvertiser.co.uk

Look out for their HUGE competition and collect tokens to win a family set of bicycles worth more than £1,500.

Press accreditation

Media accreditation for the 2017 OVO Energy Tour of Britain will open on Wednesday 21 June.

The Tour of Britain team provide a variety of services to journalists and members of the media wishing to cover, preview or report upon the event, and are always happy to help with your requirements.

The tour in our district

The tour of our district includes Blidworth, Farnsfield, Edingley, Halam, Southwell, Kirklington, Bilsthorpe, Edwinstowe, Budby, North and South Clifton, Girton, Besthorpe, Collingham, Coddington and Newark.

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