This month some of the world’s best cyclists arrive in Penzance for the start of the Tour of Britain race, the town has plans to celebrate this unique event with a weekend of sport and community activities.
On Sunday 5th September, Cornwall will host the Tour of Britain, with cyclists travelling 180 kilometres through the Cornish countryside, starting in Penzance and ending in Bodmin.
After leaving Penzance, the riders will visit St Just, St Ives, Hayle, Camborne, Pool, Redruth, Falmouth, Penryn, Truro, Newquay and St Austell, before passing close to the Eden Project on its way to the finish in Bodmin.
This is the first time the event has been held in Cornwall and more than 10,000 spectators are expected to watch the start of the race in Penzance, with thousands more viewing the riders at key points along the route.
The cycle tour is due to arrive in Penzance between 9am and 11am on the morning of 5 September, with the official start of the race – known as the Grant Depart – taking place on the Promenade at 11am.
The town is delighted to have been chosen to host the start of the prestigious race and has organised an exciting ‘festival of sport’ over the whole weekend to celebrate the event and encourage as many people as possible to get involved.
“The Tour of Britain is one of the biggest events to take place in and around
Penzance for many years “ said Cornwall Councillor for Penzance Promenade Division, Jim McKenna. “As well as the large number of spectators coming to the town to watch the start of the race in person, the event will be broadcast on television and radio – showcasing our beautiful town across the world and providing a huge boost to our local economy”.
“As well as welcoming visitors to experience this amazing event, we also
want to involve as many local residents and businesses as possible by
providing a range of organised and casual activities, culminating with the
Grand Depart on the morning of Sunday 5th September.”
On Saturday 4th September there will be a Penzance Criterium and Event Village on Western Prom Avenue between 9am and 5pm. Activities will include cycle races for all ages and abilities throughout the day from 9am to last race at 4:30pm and a fancy dress Fun Run at 2pm.
There will also be local food and drinks stalls, an Artisan Craft Market and cycling and other information stalls showcasing how to look after your bike and other activities .
The evening will end with Golowan Fireworks at Penzance Harbour at 9pm.
On Sunday 5th September the Tour of Britain Grand Depart and Event Village will be held at Western Prom Avenue between 9am and 5pm.
As well as the Grand Depart at 11 am, there will be BMX and Skate displays and workshops between 11.30 and 4pm, local food and drink stalls, an Artisan Craft Market and cycling and other information stalls showcasing how to look after your bike and other activities.
There will also be a giant TV screen on the Promenade between 11.30am and 4.30pm to enable people to watch the race go through Cornwall.
Penzance Town Mayor, Cllr Jonathan How, said; “We are very excited to be hosting the start of this internationally acclaimed sporting event right on our doorstep! It is a brilliant opportunity to show the rest of the UK what we are doing to provide improved facilities for cyclists and the partnership
working that has been going on behind the scenes.
“The event will hopefully create a long-term legacy by placing the spotlight on cycling and tie in with the €2.8m investment, announced in the autumn of last year, to improve the Mount’s Bay coast path.”
“I am looking forward to being on Penzance Promenade on 5 September with over 100 of the world’s top cyclists, including, of course, a Cornish team in Saint Piran.”
As lots of people will be coming to the town to watch or take part in the events, people are being asked to try to use public transport, or walk or cycle to the town where possible.
The traffic management plan, which has been designed to keep the town moving and race spectators and competitors safe, includes a number of road closures both prior to and on the day of the race, together with rolling road closures following the tour racers as they progress through the town.
Additional on- street parking restrictions will also be introduced along the route for the duration of the race.
Information about the road closures, parking restrictions and alternative parking areas, together with other information about the Tour of Britain event, are available on the Love Penzance website.