Our top 6 places to see the Tour of Britain in Bristol & North Somerset
Fasten your helmets and hold on to your handle bars, Britain’s premier road cycling event “The Tour of Britain” is returning to Bristol after a year’s absence to host the third stage. The world’s top riders will this time start and end the tour in Bristol and take in some of the most scenic areas of North Somerset.
It all kicks off at The Downs on Tuesday 4th September 2018, taking the route through Leigh Woods to Long Ashton, through Nailsea, Cheddar Gorge, before skirting the surrounds of Bath and back through Chew Stoke.
With such a mouth-watering day of cycling in store, you’ll want to find a good spot to take in the action. So West Country Games have put together our very own Top 6 Guide:
1. The Downs
You may have only just about recovered from Downsfest, but with the Start/Finish Line on The Down and acres of space available, this is the perfect spot to bring a picnic and Frisbee to make a day of it. The race starts and finishes here.
2. The Mall, Clifton
Roll up Clifton-based race fans, the Mall is likely to be a very popular spot as you cheer the Yellow Jersey onto the Suspension Bridge and riders whizz past the beer garden.
3 . Clifton Suspension Bridge
Get here early for the money-shot photo opportunity of the day as the riders make their way over Brunel’s most celebrated bridge. Blink and you’ll miss it!
4. Ashton Court
If you are feeling particularly energetic, why not time your viewing of the race to fit with a quick blast around Leigh Woods & Ashton Court’s enthralling MTB trail. After all, it is the UK’s closest city centre MTB route.
5. Cheddar Gorge
What better place to watch the action than one of the region’s most picturesque landscapes. Make a day of it and visit Cheddar Caves while you’re there.
6. Gatcombe Farm
For the first time ever, the Tour of Britain will head past West Country Games activity site! Have a bite to eat at The Greedy Goose before settling down to watch the action from Gatcombe Farm.