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Sunday, September 11 is not far away. We are just weeks away from the UK’s biggest cycling event. There is no doubt that the Island has never hosted a sporting event of this magnitude before, so it will be a big day for Islanders too.

Last year’s tour drew up to a million spectators across the entire cycle route. This year, it will be the Islanders who will be on the side of the road to cheer on the cyclists at the end of the race. Even Islanders who are not cycling enthusiasts will inevitably be affected by this event.

Some roads will be blocked and other restrictions will be put in place. There would also be an influx of visitors from across the country and beyond to witness the conclusion of the great race here on the Isle of Wight.

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Here are some important details you might be interested in taking note of as the Tour of Britain dates approach.

Road closure

The Tour of Britain will affect the Island’s road network. To allow runners to compete safely, some roads will need to be closed during the race. Council has announced that a rolling road closure method will be used. Roads will be periodically closed to users for approximately 30 minutes to an hour. It is also expected that road closures will take longer at race start and finish points.

Besides people moving from place to place, if you live along the bike path, you could also be affected. You cannot leave your car parked on the street if cyclists pass this route. Your car must be off the track by 6:00 p.m. the day before the race. A route guide and alternative parking information has been provided to assist Islanders who may be affected.

Route timetables

If you’re a cycling fan, want to cheer on cyclists, or just a regular road user trying to plan your journeys for the day, you should check the route calendar for help. It indicates the expected arrival times.

Authorities have provided a route schedule guide to assist islanders and visitors. Note that the figures given here are estimates only. The race may not follow the exact timing planned. But they are generally accurate to a reasonable extent.

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Bet on cycling

If you are looking to have fun while the bikers race for the win, you can check out cycling betting. This form of betting is not popular in the UK due to bigger sports like football. However, it’s still just as fun.

If you are unfamiliar with cycling betting, many expert bettors share their thoughts and advice on racing events online. Sites such as Bonusfinder Canada have lots of tips for beginners as well as a list of the best deals available in different areas.

Final thoughts on the complete Tour of Britain guide

This is the first time the Tour of Britain will be held on the island, so it’s a big deal for everyone. To avoid any inconvenience, you should prepare for the day based on expected road closures and route schedules. The Isle of Wight Council has also held drop-in sessions for islanders to answer their questions about the race.

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