01 Sep 2016

Leisure, Arts, Culture and Events

What’s going on around the Bristol stage of the Tour of Britain 2016?

Special events are due to spring up around the Bristol Stage of the Tour of Britain on the day the race arrives in the city.

On Saturday 10 September, the Tour of Britain will arrive in Bristol for a one-off full day of racing around the centre of the city.  

The route will take the riders from the start on Durdham Downs, over the Clifton Suspension Bridge, down Rownham Hill, around the bottom of the Floating Harbour before heading back up Bridge Valley Road to The Downs. 

Along the way traders and attractions will be showing their support for what is likely to be one of the biggest sporting events in Bristol’s history.

Both Millennium Square and The Mall in Clifton Village will be screening the entire Circuit Race on large screens for anyone to come and watch for free.  This will be the second race of the day which is scheduled to start at 2.30pm.  Millennium Square is hosting the official live site and is supported by At-Bristol. Seating will be available and the surrounding local shops will be open and ready for business.

In Museum Square local groups will be proving that you don’t have to be a top athlete to enjoy cycling. All Abilities Cycling will be running demonstrations alongside a whole host of family fun activities for people to try out for free throughout the day. More details can be found on the Bristol Museums website: https://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/tour-of-britain-cycle-accessibility-and-all-ability-zone/

Further down the harbour, Brunel’s SS Great Britain will be taking a trip back in time to celebrate cycling throughout the ages.  Situated just off the route on Cumberland Road, visitors can enjoy the sights and spectacles of the iconic ship alongside Victorian characters whilst still a stone’s throw away from the race. 

The official Tour promo village will be based on The Downs.  This is where the riders will be based and also the home of the start and finish line; the perfect place to catch every nail-biting finish and get close to some of the Olympics’ biggest superstars. 

You can find more details of each event including start times on the council’s website: www.bristol.gov.uk/tourofbritain 

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “It’s great to have world-class sport like this right here in Bristol.  This kind of event brings great economic benefits to the city bringing in visitors from around the world.  As the location for the whole of the penultimate stage, views of our city will be broadcast to hundreds of millions of homes across the world encouraging more people to visit in years to come. 

“We all know that Bristol is full of energetic and passionate people.  By bringing this kind of world class event to the city we hope to showcase this whilst also encouraging others to get involved.  If we can inspire people take up cycling and regular exercise as part of their everyday routine we can help to relieve pressure on our health service and even our transport system.

“I would like to thank everyone along the route who is getting involved this year and doing something different for what is likely to be one of the biggest sporting events in Bristol’s history.  I hope that people from around the city come down and line the course for this historic event and enjoy the spectacle of seeing the world’s top cyclists battle it out on our streets.” 

With the tour taking centre stage around the city, a number of roads around The Downs, the Avon Gorge and the Cumberland Basin will be closed for some or all of the day. This includes the Clifton Suspension Bridge, large sections of the Portway and the entire length of Cumberland Road, all of which will be closed from 5am-8pm on the Saturday. 

To try and avoid travel disruption, the council are asking residents and visitors to avoid car travel through the centre on the day and use the Portway, Long Ashton and Brislington Park and Ride services for journeys into Bristol.

Full road closure information can be found on the council’s website: www.bristol.gov.uk/tourofbritain 

A map that illustrates all of the road closures in the city is now available from the council's news room (news.bristol.gov.uk) and from a link at the bottom of this message.

Full information including race times and spectator information can be found on the official website of the Bristol Stage for the Tour of Britain 2016: