Tour of Britain presents new opportunities

The Tour of Britain cycle race passes through the diocese in September, presenting parishes with new opportunities to meet the people in their communities.

Stage 4 of the race starts in Mansfield on Wednesday 6th September at 10.45am and finishes 165km later at Sconce and Devon Park in Newark. More than 100 of the world’s top riders will pass through towns and villages in the north of the county, and it is expected that the spectacle will attract many spectators.

The route will include Eastwood, Newstead, Worksop, Harworth, Retford, Southwell, Clumber Park and Sherwood Forest.

Towns and villages have entered into the spirit of the event, decorating buildings, and placing yellow-painted bikes along the route. There are more than 90 yellow bikes in Bilsthorpe, said the Revd Anna Alls, who was part of the organising team. There will also be a village barbecue.

Click here to watch Anna on TV talking about the race – starts at 22:38

Suggestions for engaging with spectators include opening church buildings to provide snacks and drinks for spectators (bottled water if it is a warm day!) and putting out banners to let people know the church is open.

Another possibility is to organise a church cycle ride which friends and neighbours can join, or other cycling-themed events.

Click here for details of the route and timings

Click here for a poster

If you are planning a cycling theme event, let us know. Contact Richard Ellis on