After the excitement of the Tour de France in Yorkshire, Knowsley has its own reason to celebrate as it prepares to welcome the Tour of Britain for the third consecutive year.
Over one hundred of the world’s top cyclists will be competing in this year’s race, with both the first and second stage taking place in Merseyside. Stage one on Sunday, 7 September is a city centre circuit in Liverpool, whilst just a few miles away, the stage two start on Monday, 8 September will depart from Knowsley Safari Park.
The Tour of Britain is the UK’s biggest cycle race and once again, it will be televised live on ITV4 to a global audience.
The action starts at Knowsley Safari Park from 9am with a range of activities on offer, including the cycling village. The race itself will commence at 10.15am with the cyclists departing the Safari Park and turning left along Prescot bypass, right onto St Helens Road, right onto High Street, left onto Church Street, through Market Place, onto Sewell Street, Cables Way, Carr Lane and left onto Huyton Lane. It will then travel along Archway Road, turning left onto Tarbock Road and right onto Whitefield Lane turning left at the end. Riders will then travel along Netherley Road, turn left onto Water Lane, continuing onto Alder Lane, turning right onto Cronton Road, travelling into Halton before continuing to Llandudno.
The 197km race commences at Knowsley Safari Park and will travel through parts of the borough and then into Halton before finishing in Llandudno.
As part of its journey through the borough’s streets, local residents, schools, businesses and community groups are being invited to join in and welcome the national cycle race.
This is a fantastic opportunity for cycling enthusiasts to come along and watch this free, televised world-class event. To take part, please ensure you arrive at the Safari Park by 9.45am. Once the race has departed the park, you can enjoy the safari drive, sea lion shows, birds of prey displays and much more!
Councillor Eddie Connor, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Community and Culture, at Knowsley Council commented “I’m delighted to welcome back The Tour of Britain for the third consecutive year. This is a fantastic opportunity for Knowsley to be showcased to a global audience and we’re thrilled to be part of this exciting event. We look forward to providing a warm welcome to The Tour of Britain competitors and supporters. As the race is in the region over two days, this is a fantastic opportunity for spectators to make a long weekend out of The Tour.”