Tour of Britain is coming to Wigan Borough!

Tour of BritainThis year the final stage of the 2019 OVO Energy Tour of Britain will take place in Greater Manchester.

On Saturday 14th September Britain’s biggest professional cycle race will come through the borough travelling through Haigh, Aspull, Hindley, Hindley Green, Leigh, Atherton and Tyldesley.

For its final stage, the 165 kilometre route will start in Altrincham and travel through all 10 Greater Manchester boroughs before finishing in Manchester city centre.

Watch the race

Don’t miss the opportunity to get out on the roadside and watch the world’s top cyclists in the thick of the action.

The race will pass through Wigan Borough from 2pm – 2.30pm.

Spectators are encouraged to come out and line the route to cheer on the peloton as is makes its way to the finish line. Bring your flags and homemade banners down to cheer on the riders as they pass by.

The race route

  • See which roads the race will travel along
  • B5239 Meadow Pit Lane - School Lane - B5239 Haigh Road - B5239 Bolton Road - Hall Lane - A58 Market Street - A577 Atherton Road - A577 Wigan Road - A577 Mealhouse Lane - A577 Church Street - A577 Tyldesley Road - A577 Shuttle Street - A577 Common Lane - A577 Manchester Road - A5082 Mort Lane.

Because of the nature of the event, a rolling road closure will be enforced on each of the stages.

This means that roads on and around the race route will be closed for a short period in which it takes the race to pass by, usually for approximately 15 to 20 minutes before the lead riders arrive, and is indicated by police escort vehicles.

Watch a video of the Tour of Britain route:

Family fun day at Haigh Woodland Park

Watch all the action on a 15m2 screen showing the race live from start to finish.

There will also be family entertainment, a Velo Village, bike rides, food, drink and more at this free event.

Enjoy live music and entertainment on the main stage featuring Joe Astley & The Gestures.

Children’s entertainment and activities will be taking place with Mark’s Magic Kingdom and Comedy Bikes.

National land art competition

The OVO Energy Tour of Britain’s National Land Art competition is returning after the inaugural edition in 2018 captured the imagination of race fans across the UK.

Communities, schools, clubs, businesses, land owners and farmers are once again being asked to come up with eye-catching creations in support of Britain’s most prestigious international cycle race.

Last year’s National Land Art competition attracted over 50 entries, and was won by group of North Devon farmers from South Molton. Their giant bike creation, which comprised 19 tractors, 16 all-terrain vehicles, a 13-tonne excavator and one slurry tanker wrapped in plastic, impressively featured moving wheels, pedals and chain.

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