Our top 10 places to see the cycling in Bristol this Saturday
Fasten your helmets and hold on to your handle bars, Britain’s premier road cycling event “The Tour of Britain” is hosting its penultimate stage in Bristol this weekend. The world’s top riders are returning to the city on Saturday 10th September 2016 for the first time since 2014.
In a spectacular and gruelling double-header, the race features an individual time trial against the clock in the morning followed by a 15.3-kilometre circuit race in the afternoon.
The race route takes in some of Bristol’s most famous backdrops as riders whizz through the Avon Gorge, Clifton Suspension Bridge, The Downs and the River Avon.
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 10 Guide:
1. The Downs
You may have just hung up your wellies after Massive Attack, but with the Start/Finish Line on The Downs and acres of space available, this is the perfect spot to bring a picnic and Frisbee to make a day of it.
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. Avon Gorge & Hotwells
Another likely popular spot for keen photographers will be along the A4 heading into Hotwells. And boozy snappers will surely be quick to take their position within the vicinity of the Rose of Denmark for speedy refreshment. Steady with the camera now!
5. The Pump House
Did someone say gin? Get here early for an outside table by the river and spend the day sampling one the Pump House’s 200 varieties of gin. Then it’s a (thankfully) short walk to the end of the car park to view the riders as they speed past in a flash, before heading back for another double. Cheeky!
6. Avon River to Bedminster Bridge
With a choice of two footbridges crossing the Avon from Spike Island to Southville, take advantage of a double opportunity to view the riders.
7. Bridge Valley Road
Watch on at one of the most gruelling sections of the race as competitors jostle for the King of the Mountains crown. Okay, so it may not quite be the Alps, but this part of the route is likely to be one of the most competitive sections of the race.
8. 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.
9. Whiteladies Road
The route does not go directly down Whiteladies Road, but with so many pubs, bars and restaurants within the vicinity, basing yourselves here will offer you a fun-filled afternoon close to enough to break away to the action.
10. Bedminster Cricket Club
There is plenty of space here to watch the action as riders come down the hill from Clifton Suspension Bridge and past the cricket club. This is a great spot for families with the walking trails of Ashton Court just around the corner.