Two big screens on Tour of Britain day will beam the progress of the race straight to waiting crowds in Barnstaple as it passes through the town and then returns to meet the finish line.

Tour of Britain 2012 Barnstaple. Pic: Tony HowellsTour of Britain 2012 Barnstaple. Pic: Tony Howells

A variety of events to highlight and promote cycling will be held in the town centre as well as in the days beforehand.

The race is being hosted by Devon County Council, supported by North Devon Council, Barnstaple Town Council and Barnstaple Town Centre Management.

A Tour Village will open in the town centre at 10am on the day, with a range of things to see and do, including a mountain bike display by top rider Andrei Burton and British Cycle racing on the finish straight on the Strand.

Big screens will be erected at the Square and on the Strand, with live coverage of the race as it moves around North Devon, passing through Barnstaple at approximately 1.30pm and returning to the finish at around 3.30pm.

Tour of Britain 2012 Barnstaple. Pic: Tony HowellsTour of Britain 2012 Barnstaple. Pic: Tony Howells

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Elsewhere, Go North Devon will be providing cream teas and an indoor community screen to watch the action at The Voice media centre by the bus station.

There is a lot happening the day before, this Sunday as well, with a Bogey Trails Jam on the BMX track at Rock Park from 11am.

There will be free to enter competitions and jams for all ages including pump track, small line, best whip, long jump and a pro comp. Rock Park kiosk will be providing refreshments. Check out the Bogey Trails Facebook page.

Also on Sunday, Bike Shed on the Square will be holding an Electric Bike Demo Day.

Barnstaple mayor Ian Roome said: “I am really, really thrilled the Tour is coming to Barnstaple and especially now it’s confirmed that Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas are going to be taking part.

“I am sure that Barnstaple will rise to the occasion and make this stage one of the most memorable cycling events in Devon.”

North Devon councillor Pat Barker, added: “We’re delighted to be hosting the Tour of Britain coming to North Devon again and that our communities are really embracing the event and arranging their own activities to compliment it.

“I hope that the tour inspires our residents to cycle more or give it a try, we have the fabulous Tarka Trail covering some beautiful areas of the district so this is the perfect place to enjoy the sport.”

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