The Tour of Britain is all set to fly through North Devon this Monday (September 3) and spectators 108miles of Devon’s roads to choose from.
The race is being hosted by Devon County Council, supported by East Devon District Council and North Devon Council and working with Cranbrook Town Council and Barnstaple Town Council.
Stage 2 of the race starts in Cranbrook in East Devon and finishes in Barnstaple.
The race returns to Barnstaple for the first time since 2012, when the town hosted the stage start.
After Witheridge, South Molton, Filleigh, Swimbridge and Landkey, it will pass through the town before heading out to Bratton Fleming, Combe Martin, Ilfracombe, Woolacombe, Georgeham, Croyde and Braunton, before finishing on The Strand in Barnstaple.
Crowds are being tipped to exceed 2016’s record of 260,000 spectators that lined the route in Devon and communities along the route have organised a variety of Tour-related events.
The race route is designated as a clearway, meaning no stopping or parking – tow trucks will be out ahead of the race and any vehicles in the way will be moved.
To accommodate the race, parking will be suspended and there will be a number of road closures in place throughout the day.
The roads into Barnstaple and South Molton are expected to be closed for much of the day, but elsewhere a rolling road block will be in place as the race passes through.
This will limit vehicle access to businesses and some properties and Devon County Council says although it is working to keep closures to a minimum, people may need to make alternative travel and parking or delivery arrangements.
Where possible, allow plenty of time for your journey and try to walk, cycle or use public transport if you can.
Among the top class British riders taking part this year are Tour de France winners Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome, while Devon’s George Pym is also in the line up.
Other world-leading cyclists to throw their hat into the ring this year include Primož Roglic who won Tour de France stages in 2017 and 2018 and finished fourth in this year’s race.
Visit www.northdevongazette.co.uk or www.devontourofbritain.co.uk/getting-there/barnstaple-spectator-guide for more details about what is happening and road closures.
COMPETITION WINNER: The winner of our VIP competition for Barnstaple is Christine Westlake from Braunton. We hope you enjoy the day!
WHAT TIME CAN YOU SEE IT IN YOUR TOWN?
Race length: 174.9 kilometres or 108.8 miles.
11.15am: Start, Cranbrook.
12.55pm: 70.2km, Witheridge, 107.4km to go, lead cars arrive 12.40pm.
1.12pm: 82.2km, Alswear, 92.7km to go, lead cars 12.57pm.
1.18pm: 86.1km, South Molton, 88.8km to go, lead cars 1.03pm.
1.20pm: 87.9km, South Molton Pannier Market, 87km to go, lead cars 1.05pm.
1.22pm: 89.1km, B3226 Barnstaple Road, lead cars 1.07pm.
1.27pm: 92.6km, Stags Head, Filleigh, lead cars 1.12pm.
1.36pm: 99km, Swimbridge, 75.9km to go, lead cars 1.21pm.
1.39pm: 101.4km, Landkey, lead cars 1.25pm.
1.40pm: 102.1km, Landkey sprint.
1.46pm: 105.7km, Newport Road, Barnstaple, 69.2km to go, lead cars 1.31pm.
1.47pm: 106.6km, A39 Victoria Road, Barnstaple, lead cars 1.32pm.
1.48pm: 107.7km, Goodleigh Road, Barnstaple, lead cars 1.33pm.
1.51pm: 109.7km, Snapper, lead cars 1.36pm.
1.56pm: 112.7km, King of the Mountain start.
2.01pm: 116.8km, Bratton Fleming, 58.1km to go, lead cars 1.46pm.
2.04pm: King of the Mountain end.
2.06pm: 119.7km, A399, lead car 1.51pm
2.20pm: 130.1km, Combe Martin, 44.8km to go, lead cars 2.05pm.
2.33pm: 139.1km, Ilfracombe, 35.8km to go, lead cars 2.18pm.
2.37pm: 141.7km, Ilfracombe High Street, lead cars 2.22pm.
2.42pm: 145.3km, Mullacott Cross (B3343), 29.6km to go, lead cars 2.27pm.
2.47pm: 149km, Woolacombe, lead cars 2.32pm.
2.52pm: 152.2 King of the Mountain start, Challacombe Hill, 22.8km to go, lead cars 2.37pm.
2.57pm: 155.8km, Georgeham, 19.1km to go, lead cars 2.42pm.
2.59pm: 157.3km, Croyde, 17.6km to go, lead cars 2.44pm.
3.09pm: 164.4km, Braunton, 10.5km to go, lead cars 2.54pm.
3.13pm: 167.1km, Wrafton, lead cars 2.58pm.
3.19pm: 171.3km, Pottington, Barnstaple, 3.6km to go, lead cars 3.04pm.
3.21pm: 172.6kim, Barnstaple, lead cars 3.06pm.
3.23pm: 173.9km, Rolle Street, Barnstaple, one km to go, lead cars 3.08pm.
3.24pm: Finish, 174.9km, The Strand, Barnstaple, lead cars 3.09pm.
Please note, expected arrival times of riders are based on an average speed of 42kph and may vary.
Road closures and parking restrictions will be in place along the route.