Could the Tour of Britain be returning to Ruddington?

There’s been some excitement among villagers today following this morning’s announcement that the ‘Tour of Britain’ will be back in Nottinghamshire this summer. Our county is to host the fifth stage of this year’s elite cycle race on Thursday 8th September – four years to the day since the last time.

Anyone resident in Ruddington in 2018 can’t fail to remember the anticipation created by the route coming right through the centre of our village, which led to months of preparation ahead of ‘the big day’ by individuals, local businesses, numerous organisations and our Parish Council.

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Whilst it was all over in seconds, the ‘buzz’ created as top cyclists including Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome pelted through Ruddington on Saturday 8th September 2018 will live long in spectators’ memories.

Along Wilford Road…

…then through the High Street onto Kirk Lane.

Mick Bennett, the Tour of Britain race director, says: “Announcing the locations of the Tour of Britain stages is always a day I look forward to greatly, as I know how much people want to watch the race from their own doorsteps. In our previous two stages in Nottinghamshire the community have really got behind the race from start to finish and I am sure 2022 will be no different.”

Unfortunately further details of the Stage Five route won’t be announced until this Spring, so we’ll just have to ‘wait and see’.

If Ruddington is on the route again this time around, will be among the first to let you know!

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