Tour tomorrow! Your guide to where's best to showcase North Lincs!
TOUR ROUTE: Stage three of Tour of Britain is entirely in North Lincolnshire.
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 4 Sep 2017
TOMORROW sees an entire stage of the Tour of Britain played out in North Lincolnshire, bringing a field including some of cycling’s biggest names to Scunthorpe and its surrounds.
And there are plenty of opportunities for spectators to watch the riders as they race along the 178km course that makes up stage three, shining a huge spotlight on the area.
Businesses have already been commended for their efforts, with time still allowing final preparations, with green bikes the order of the day!
For some, seeing the country’s biggest free event will involve little more than stepping out of their front door as the race goes through towns and villages across North Lincolnshire.
Others, however, may wish to head to the start, finish or parts of the course where points are at stake in the sprints and King of the Mountains competitions.
Up to 200,000 are expected to take in the spectacle.
The first opportunity to watch the race will come with the start at Normanby Hall, with the riders to set off at 11am.
There will be free parking at the hall and overflow parking in nearby Normanby village, with plenty of staff and volunteers in the area to help people get parked and find their way to the race start.
For those planning to head to Normanby Hall early to get a good spot to watch the start, breakfast and a coffee will be available from traders inside the park from 7am.
The first sprint section will be on Wharf Road in Crowle, outside the Axholme Academy, with the riders expected to reach it at a point between 12.03pm and 12.13pm, depending on the speed of the race.
The second sprint will be on Messingham Road in Bottesford, before the crossroads with Manor Road, which is expected to come at a point between around 1.02pm and around 1.24pm.
From there, it’s onto the first King of the Mountains climb at Greetwell, heading towards Kirton in Lindsey, between around 1.12pm and around 1.37pm.
The third and final intermediate sprint, on Church Street and Brigg Road in Scawby, is expected to come at a point between around 1.33pm and around 2.02pm.
The second King of the Mountains section follows soon afterwards and will see the riders tackle a climb at Wrawby, heading towards Melton Ross, between around 1.42pm and around 2.11pm.
And the last of the three sections where King of the Mountains points are at stake comes in the closing stages of the race, on the A1077 Earlsgate Road between Winteringham and Winterton, between around 2.48pm and around 3.35pm.
From there, the race moves into Scunthorpe and all eyes will be on the finish, on Kingsway near to Central Park.
With the stage predominantly flat, a bunch sprint may well be the most likely outcome, as riders battle to reach the line first.
For those looking to be at the finish to see the winner cross the line, the race is expected to conclude at a point between around 3.07pm and 3.57pm.
But Central Park will be a hive of activity throughout the day, with a Race Village to be open from 10am.
There will be dozens of stalls with food, drink, cycling gear, memorabilia and activities on offer, while a big screen in the park will show live coverage of the race.
Free car parking for the race finish is available at Quibell Park, accessed from Brumby Wood Lane off Scotter Road.
Also, all of the public car parks in Scunthorpe town centre will be offering free car parking from 10am on the day, just a short walk from Central Park. Public car parks in Brigg will also be free from 10am.
And for those cycling on the day, free bike parking will be available in the Race Village in Central Park.
North Lincolnshire Council leader Rob Waltham, pictured above, said: “With the whole of stage three winding its way around North Lincolnshire, this is the perfect stage to see the professional riders numerous times along the route and still get to the finish line in Central Park.
“Communities and businesses across North Lincolnshire have really got behind the Tour of Britain by decorating their towns and villages and we expect to see hundreds of thousands out along the route supporting the riders on race day.
“We have also had an outstanding response from residents coming forward to volunteer to be ambassadors for North Lincolnshire and help the race run smoothly on the day.
“Hosting such a prestigious sporting event is a fantastic opportunity for North Lincolnshire and provide a boost to our local economy and jobs.
“This year’s Tour of Britain will be broadcast in over 129 countries so will really put North Lincolnshire on the map and showcase our area as the best place to live, work, visit and invest.”
The 2017 OVO Energy Tour of Britain will began in Edinburgh yesterday (Sunday, September 3), with the riders pedalling along a 190km route to the finish at Kelso.
Stage two is a 211km ride from Kielder Water and Forest Park to Blyth, in the North-East today (Monday, September 4), before North Lincolnshire hosts stage three, starting at Normanby Hall and finishing in Scunthorpe.
After leaving our region, the race moves to stage four, which is a 165km route starting in Mansfield and finishing in Newark.
The fifth stage is the Tendring Stage individual time trial, which is a 16km course around Clacton, in Essex.
The race moves to Suffolk for stage six, starting in Newmarket and finishing in Aldeburgh after a 187km journey.
Hemel Hempstead then hosts the start of the seventh stage, which will see the riders cover 185km on their way to the finish in Cheltenham.
And the climax comes with stage eight, which follows a 180km route starting in Worcester and finishing in Cardiff.
RACES IN A RACE
The Tour of Britain will see several races within the main race, as riders vie for points, positions and jerseys.
The leaders in each competition will be recognisable by the jerseys they wear when competing during each stage of the tour.
The overall leader of the race each day will wear the OVO Energy Green Jersey.
The black Skoda King of the Mountains jersey will be worn by the rider who has accumulated the most points on the specified climbing sections of the race.
Similarly, the red, white and blue Eisberg Sprints Jersey will be worn by the cyclist with the highest number of points won in sprint sections of the race.
And the Wiggle Points Jersey will go to the rider who is the most consistent finisher in the Tour.
In this classification, points are awarded to the first 15 riders across the finish line, from 15 points to one.
Jerseys can regularly change hands as the race goes on though its stages, with the final holders of each often in doubt right down to the closing moments of the final stage.