Partner organisations are delighted to welcome Stage 5 of the Tour of Britain to the Forest of Dean.
The District Council and the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism Association are looking forward to British Cycling’s premier road cycling event passing through the district on Thursday 8 September.
The Tour of Britain will run from 4th to 14th September, providing eight exciting days of racing across the country.
The Tour is the largest free to attend sporting event in the UK, attracting the best riders and cycling teams in the world.
Top cycling stars including Sir Bradley Wiggins and Owain Doull have provisionally confirmed that they will be taking part in this year’s event.
Stage Five will begin in Wales in Rhondda Cynon Taf at Aberdare, heading across South Wales and through the Forest of Dean into Gloucestershire before finishing in the city of Bath. The stage will cover a distance of 194.5 kilometers and include 3,292m of climbing.
It will enter Gloucestershire over Bigsweir Bridge passing through Clearwell and into Coleford via Perrygrove Road and Old Station Way. The peloton will then proceed up Gloucester Road and Poolway Road to Broadwell, descending to Cannop Crossroads before a ‘King of the Mountain’ climb to Speech House. The cyclists will ride past the Dilke hospital before the climb up St Whites road, followed by a steep descent into Littledean. Turning left at the Littledean mini roundabout the riders will join the A48 at Elton before passing through Westbury-on-Severn on route to Gloucester.
Rolling road closures will be put in place by Gloucestershire County Council to allow the cyclists to pass through the district safely.
Councillor Richard Boyles, Forest of Dean District Council cabinet member said: “We are extremely pleased that the Forest of Dean has been chosen for Stage Five of the Tour of Britain. Cycling fans will have the opportunity to see the world’s best teams and riders competing in our beautiful district, which is already recognised as one of the UK’s top cycling destinations.”
Patrick Molyneux, Leader of the Forest of Dean District Council added: “The Tour promises to be a hugely popular event and whether you’re a resident or visitor, we encourage people to get involved, soak up the atmosphere and watch the event as it passes through the district.”
Ian Officer, Chair of Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism Association said: “We welcome all sorts of cyclists to the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean. From stabilisers to top-of-the-range mountain bikes, the roads and trails offer everyone a fantastic cycling experience in unique surroundings.”
“The Tour is a great opportunity to show what we have to offer to visitors across Monmouthshire and Gloucestershire as we have some of the best cycling you can find in the UK.”