Buxton Town Team has been gearing up to give the country’s largest free-to-watch live sporting event a big welcome when the Tour of Britain sweeps through the High Peak on Friday September 11.
To celebrate the Tour’s high-speed passage through Buxton, the Town Team has been putting up posters and bike installations around the town to let people know what is happening and to ensure a big Buxton welcome for the cyclists and their supporters.
Over 30 old bikes have been donated by local residents, and these have been hand-painted or sprayed by willing volunteers in the event’s colours of bright red and yellow and installed in various strategic places around the town.
The riders are expected to be in Buxton between 11.15am to 12pm on September 11. The roads on the route, the A53, the B5059 Macclesfield Road, the A515 High Street, Terrace Road, The Crescent, Water Street, part of St John’s Road and then the A5004 Manchester Road may be closed for around 20 minutes during this time, so visitors are advised to make sure they are in the town by 10am in plenty of time to get a good viewing point.
There is an intermediate sprint finish which ends on Buxton Market Place outside the Eagle. Expect this area to be busy – barriers and equipment will be set up during the morning.
Councillor John Haken, executive councillor for sports and leisure at High Peak Borough Council, said: “This is the country’s premier road cycle event attracting the most recognisable faces in the sport so we’re really excited that Buxton has been chosen as the venue for the first sprint finish of the day.
“The Market Place is the ideal place for spectators to enjoy the spectacle of the sprint finish and we’re working on plans to make the whole weekend a celebration of cycling so everyone can share in the excitement and buzz associated with hosting a major sporting event.”
Throughout Buxton and the High Peak there will be plenty of activities taking place on the day of the Tour. Many schools along the route are organising fun days and events for their students.
Buxton will be laying on a celebration of cycling featuring Extreme Wheels displays in the Pavilion Gardens, plus an eclectic mix of stalls and street food vendors.
There will be the opportunity for future cycling stars to try their hand at the sport on Balance Bikes, and Buxton Swimming and Fitness Centre will be offering free spin sessions on the veranda.
What route the riders will take through High Peak
Arriving in the Peak District via the A53, the route will take the riders along Macclesfield Road, West Road, High Street and the Market Place, then onto Terrace Road, The Crescent, Water Street, and the A5004 Manchester Road towards the Goyt Valley.
The riders continue along the A5004 through Fernilee and Whaley Bridge, turning left onto the A6 at Bridgemont and then right onto the B6062 through Buxworth and Chinley, joining the A624 at New Smithy for the run into Chapel-en-le-Frith and then onto Sheffield Road, where they rejoin the A6.
At Barmoor Clough, they join the A623 as far as Sparrowpit, heading towards a descent of Winnats Pass and then passing through Castleton, Hope and Hathersage on the A6187.
At Millstone Edge, the route follows the B6521 through Grindleford and then the B6001 to the Calver Crossroads, before rejoining the A623 and heading back towards Wardlow Mires.
The B6465 takes the riders to Ashford-in-the-Water, where they rejoin the A6 into Bakewell.
Route correct at the time of going to press. For full details, visit tourofbritain.co.uk.
Starting in Stoke and finishing in Nottingham, the toughest stage of the entire tour will pass through Derbyshire.
The 192.7km Stage 6 starts about 10.30am on September 11, and is expected to reach the following places at the approximate times: Buxton, 11.20am-11.35am; Whaley Bridge, 11.49am; Sparrowpit, near Castleton, 12.08pm; Castleton, 12.16pm; Hope, 12.19pm; Bamford, 12.25pm; Hathersage, 12.28pm; Grindleford, 12.38pm; Stoney Middleton, 12.45pm; Wardlow, 12.52pm; Ashford, 1pm; Bakewell, 1.02pm; Pilsley, 1.09pm; Beeley, 1.15pm; Derbyshire Dales, 1.24pm; Cromford Hill, 1.37pm; Middleton, 1.40pm; Belper, 2.11pm; and Ilkeston, 2.30pm, before Nottingham about 2.52pm.
Sprints and climbs
While the stage begins in Stoke-on-Trent, racing will not officially start until the riders reach Baddeley Green.
The first of three sprint finishes will take place on Buxton Market Place.
Riders then face three Category 2 King of the Mountain climbs, at Millstone Edge, Beeley Moor and Cromford Hill, followed by additional sprint finishes in Belper and Ilkeston.
Rolling road closures will clear the way for the riders and support vehicles.