OVO Tour of Britain Cycle event — Wirral Stage
The 2019 OVO Energy Tour of Britain cycling event has been launched today with stages across the UK, including a stage in the Wirral in September.
The tour is the part of the UCI Tour series and attracts international cycling teams at the highest level to compete on a multi-day road race with stages across the UK
Initially starting in Scotland, later stages head through the UK.
For 2019, the Wirral has secured a significant stage, with both a start and finish in the borough, anticipated to be around 170km in length.
Due to the geography of the Wirral and the course that has been set, the route will head from Wirral through the Neston and Chester areas to reach Airbus.
The return route will then head back into Cheshire West, taking in sections of the mid-Cheshire ridge before heading back north close to Ellesmere Port and then back to Wirral for the finish.
With live TV and a worldwide viewing audience, plus the long cycling history of the region, the stage is set to show the world what Wirral and the local area has to offer.
Cheshire West and Chester Council is supporting the tour organiser and the Wirral hosts to develop the route and are excited to support this event.
The official launch of the tour has taken place today in Manchester.
Download the pdf file to see a map of the Wirral stage.
Further details will be promoted through the summer with news on the teams and riders plus detailed timings of the stages.
The OVO Energy Tour of Britain puts international cycling on show at a free event that passes through our communities.
Typically the event attracts large crowds on the route which will lead to some delays in traffic.
These will be communicated closer to the day so that communities are aware of the timings and the roads to be affected but also so people can plan to view the event.
The tour takes place between 8 and 15 September, with the Wirral stage taking place on Wednesday, 11 September.
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