On Thursday 16th September 2010 all the eye's of the cycling world will be firmly fixed on Norfolk – as Stage 6 of the 2010 Tour of Britain cycle race hits 117 miles of Norfolk roads. The race begins at 11.00am on Thursday morning from The Market Place in King's Lynn and will twist through Hunstanton, Burnham Market, Holkham, Wells, Sheringham, Holt, Aylsham, Norwich and Wroxham before the competitors reach the finish line in Great Yarmouth sometime during Thursday afternoon (approx 3.20pm).
Details of the full route and expected arrival times can be found on the official website here:- http://www.tourofbritain.co.uk
The Tour of Britain is the UK's biggest professional bicycle race and a centrepiece of the British sporting calendar, attracting over a million spectators to the roadside, and hundreds of thousands more on television and via the internet.
Having covered much of the route myself back in the days when I was doing a bit of road racing – I think some of the riders are in for a bit of a shock if they believe the Norfolk stage to be a totally flat day out on the saddle! The cyclists should reach Holt somewhere around 1.15pm, having just nipped up Beacon Hill from West Runton to Aylmerton for the days second King of the Mountains climb. Yes, a King of the Mountain stage in Norfolk (well there are actually three).
Download a copy of the Stage 6 King's Lynn to Great Yarmouth map here and plan where you catch a glimpse of some of the Worlds top cyclists – as they dash past through your town or village.