Preparations are now well underway for Tendring to host an individual time trial stage of the OVO Tour of Britain.
It will be the first time that the very best of the world’s men’s road race cyclists will hit the streets of Clacton over a ten-mile open, coastal course.
Tendring District Council (TDC) secured Stage Five of the event – which will take place on Thursday September 7 – earlier this year.
The course has now been planned out and Tendring District Council (TDC) is about to start the process of informing all residents and businesses who will be affected on the day.
The general timing will be from around 9.30pm to 2pm and will not interfere with people making their way to and from work – or with school drop-off or pick up times.
Tanya Ferguson, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Tourism and Events, said it is a real honour and privilege for the District to host such top international sporting competition.
“Outside of the Olympics we could not attract anything bigger than the Ovo Energy Tour of Britain to Tendring and it is a great opportunity for residents and visitors to see the best of the world’s riders on the doorstep,” she said.
“As it is a time trial with the cyclists racing against the clock there will be constant action to watch and admire and it will also bring us worldwide television coverage which will be a boost for tourism.
“Hopefully it will inspire youngsters to take up the sport and just maybe the next Sir Bradley Wiggins will come from Clacton.
“We are now just a couple of months away and we want to ensure that everyone in well informed about what will be taking place, where and when. Hand-delivered letters are going out soon to all those homes and businesses along the route