The OVO Energy Tour of Britain

23 August 2019

The OVO Energy Tour of Britain is the UK’s biggest professional cycle race. The 174-kilometre (108-mile) Wirral stage is on Wednesday 11 September. The stage will pass through Chester, Boughton and Ellesmere Port during the day.

The full route and timetable for the Wirral stage is available on the Tour of Britain website.

The stage is due to start in Birkenhead park at 11am returning at approximately 3.30pm.

West Cheshire approximate times

Key points Fastest (arrival) Slowest (arrival)
Enters north of Neston 11.13am 11.29am
Countess Hospital 11.44am 12.03pm
Watergate Arch at Racecourse 11.50am 12.05pm
HQ and Grosvenor Bridge 11.50am 12.05pm then out along Sealand Road
Farndon Bridge 12.19pm 12.42pm
Cross A41 at Waverton 12.35pm 1pm
Cross A51 at Tarvin 12.43pm 13.09pm
King of mountains at Willington Hill 12.50pm 13.16pm
Joins A56 at Bridge Trafford 13.09pm 13.38pm
Cheshire Oaks 13.20pm 13.49pm
Leaves borough on A540 13.44pm 14.16pm

Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council said: “I’d like to welcome all of the riders as they literally fly through our borough. The riders can reach speeds of 38 to 46kmph depending on the road conditions.

“The route will give a lot of people the chance to cheer the riders as they make their way around the area. The riders are within a rolling road closure, there may be some delays on the route.”

The race is televised live on ITV4 from start to finish, and broadcast around the world.

Riders will include Four-time Tour de France stage winner Dylan Groenewegen. The 26-year-old Dutchman has ridden in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain twice before winning stages on both occasions, in Builth Wells in 2016 and Cheltenham in 2017.

Fellow Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon – Circus Cycling Team), will also be visiting Cheshire this follows him winning the opening stage of the Arctic Race of Norway last week. 

The race starts from George Square in Glasgow on Saturday 7 September and concludes for the first time in Greater Manchester on Saturday 14 September.

Dylan Groenewegen wins in Cheltenham (credited to ‘SWPix’) 

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