This year’s Tour of Britain passes through some of the best coastal scenery North Devon has to offer.
Residents of all communities are reminded the race route will be a ‘clearway’ for much of the day, meaning no parking or waiting. Tow trucks will be out ahead of the race to enforce this.
After racers travel through the middle of Bratton Fleming – which includes a King of the Mountain hill stage – they will fly along the A399 to Combe Martin.
A working group has put together a busy programme of events for the day, with some 60 bicycles given out to residents so they may decorate their homes along the route.
Combe Martin Museum in Cross Street by the seaside will be providing refreshments on the day, as will the WI on Adams Hay by Church Corner. The Dolphin Inn at the bottom is hosting a hog roast and live music.
There will be a shuttle bus service running from behind the museum up to a parking field opposite Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park throughout the day.
Ahead of the race a seven seater tandem cycle will be rode down the village.
The museum has also organised a children’s art competition and one for the best-dressed bicycle. A photography competition from the day is being held to create an archive and entries can be sent to email@example.com .
After travelling along the coast to Ilfracombe the race reaches Woolacombe, which is hosting a variety of events for those turning out to enjoy the race.
There will be cream teas on offer outside St Sabinus Church on Beach Road plus beach art on the beach.
The National Trust has organised events for the King of the Mountain stage on Challacombe Hill – a field on one side of the road will be given over to parking and another opposite will host various cycling-related events.
It should offer a great view of the hill climb, plus there will be food from the Pig and Olive and coffee and cakes from 51 Degrees North.
Camping will also be on offer the night before – email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
After Woolacombe the cyclists head through Georgeham and Croyde before making their way to Braunton and then the home stretch to finish in Barnstaple.