Preparations are well underway as Knowsley prepares to welcome back the UK’s biggest cycle race – The Tour of Britain – on Tuesday, 17 September 2013.Over a hundred of the world’s top cyclists will be competing against the clock in an individual time trial, which starts and finishes at Knowsley Safari.
Cyclists will leave Knowsley Safari in one minute intervals and follow a 16km course through parts of the borough. Cyclists will turn left out of the Knowsley Safari onto the A58 Prescot by-pass, take the first exit at the roundabout onto St Helens Road and then perform a sharp u-turn before the traffic lights at the junction with Burrows Lane.
They will then head back to the roundabout and take the second exit onto St Helens Road towards Prescot, turn right at the traffic lights onto High Street, along Derby Street, across both roundabouts over the M57 on A57 Liverpool Road and then onto Knowsley Lane.
They will continue on Knowsley Lane through Knowsley Village, turning right onto Mill Lane, right onto Ormskirk Road and into the Knowsley Hall Estate. They will then exit Knowsley Hall Estate at George Hale Avenue, turning left onto Knowsley Lane. At the roundabout, they will then head back onto the A58 Prescot by-pass and turn left into Knowsley Safari.
This is a fantastic opportunity to come along and watch this free, televised world-class event.
Throughout the day, there will be lots of activities taking place at Knowsley Safari and around the route – further details, including the map of the route, are available on www.discoverknowsley.co.uk
Councillor Eddie Connor, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Community and Culture, said “Following the success of last year’s Tour, we’re delighted to be welcoming back this major sporting event to the borough. The growing number of spectators and worldwide TV audience makes The Tour of Britain the perfect platform to showcase Knowsley as a premier destination for cycling, particularly with our outdoor velodrome and BMX tracks, and we are seeing more and more people cycling in our borough. We look forward to providing a warm welcome to The Tour of Britain competitors and supporters.”
Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain Race Director, added “It is fantastic that we can celebrate ten year's of The Tour of Britain with an individual time trial over such an iconic distance as 10 miles. Come September the eyes of the world will be on Knowsley to see the world's top cyclists going head-to-head against the clock, on what will be a very fast route for Stage Three.”
"We would like to thank Knowsley Council for their support in allowing us to put on what will be one of the highlights of this year's Tour of Britain."