The UK's biggest and most prestigious professional cycling race returns to Gateshead for the first time in a decade this September.
The OVO Energy Tour of Britain is coming to the North East, as Gateshead hosts the fourth stage of the race on Tuesday 10 September at 11am.
Considered the toughest of the race, the stage will begin in Gateshead, taking riders through Durham and across the Yorkshire Dales National Park, towards an uphill finish in Kendal, Cumbria; a total of 106 miles.
The Tour of Britain is free to watch for all spectators, and a great opportunity to witness 120 of the world's top riders go head-to-head.
The stage begins alongside the famous BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Sage Gateshead, and continues through Low Fell, passing Sir Antony Gormley's world famous Angel of the North sculpture. It then weaves its way through Gateshead including Sunniside, Whickham and Blaydon, entering County Durham at Blackhall Mill, before crossing the Pennines and finishing in Kendal.
Please note that the shown interactive map is subject to change. The final race route, alongside road-by-road stage timetables, will be revealed in August.
The race will begin at 11am. The best place to watch the start is from Baltic Square and Performance Square. Catering and refreshments stands will be available. Numbers will be restricted in both these areas, so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Please use public transport where possible. Parking is available at Quarryfield Road, NE8 3AE however you must be parked no later than 10.15am as after this time access will be restricted until the race has started.
You can also cheer on the riders along the route as they race through Gateshead. If you are intending to head out to a specific point on the route please make sure you allow plenty of time to get there.
Please do not obstruct competitors in any way, including entering the road as they approach and pass.
Be aware that traffic on the route will be affected and you may find your way closed by the rolling roadblock.
Please be considerate of residents when parking your vehicle, and do not block any residential access.
South Shore Road on Gateshead Quays will close to traffic at 8pm on Monday 9 September. Access to car parks on Mill Road and South Shore Road will also be restricted from this time.
On Tuesday 10 September from 11am onwards a rolling roadblock will be used to control the race throughout Gateshead.
Part of what makes cycling races so popular are the community events that line the route. Whether it's hanging banners and bunting, or setting up a street party - if you're thinking of doing something special, let us know about it. We have a team of event delivery specialists who will support you to bring your ideas to life. Send details to Ashley Smith, Events Development Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tour of Britain begins in Glasgow on 7 September and ends in Manchester on Saturday 14 September. For details of other stages and the full route please visit the Tour of Britain website.