Frequently Asked Questions
The Friends Life Tour of Britain is British Cycling's premier road cycling event and the UK's largest free to spectate annual sporting event.
The race is completely FREE TO ATTEND for spectators, giving cycling fans the opportunity to see the world's best teams and riders competing on their door step.
Here are some tips about how you can make the most of this year's Friends Life Tour of Britain by respecting the riders, staying safe, and most importantly enjoying the race!
More detailed information with district specific spectator advice will be posted in the coming months, so keep checking back!
What part of the Tour do you want to watch?Whether you come and greet the teams at the Start at Fakenham Racecourse, watch along the route at a YodelDirect Sprint or SKODA King of the Mountain point, or want to head to Ipswich for the Finish to cheer on the crowned stage winner, you should plan your day by checking out the detailed OS maps for the individual stages. The full Norfolk-Suffolk stage map will be published Summer 2015. Once you've found your perfect spectator spot, stick to it!
What Tour activities are going on in my area?There will be a wealth of activities and events on offer for you to join in the excitement of the Tour as it passes through your area. Keep checking back to the Tour in Your Area pages on this site - more events and activities will be added as the Tour date approaches!
How will I get there?
There may be delays on roads close to the route and limited parking in places, so check the Travel/Parking pages within this site, or check with your local council before you travel. Public transport may be the best option to reach the route.
If you are travelling by bike please note the Tour operates a rolling road closure, which means the roads are fully open to traffic up to around 15 minutes before the race is due to pass through.
There may be restrictions on trains or buses, so check with the train operator prior to your journey.
On the day
Check the weather forecast and make sure you have appropriate clothing. Comfortable shoes and a waterproof are a must.
Allow plenty of time to travel to your spectator spot on the route. To find out what time the race is due to pass through download the Tour ETA documents for Norfolk (available Summer 2015), giving you a turn-by-turn account of the race and the time riders will be expected, so find a spot early to soak up all the pre-race atmosphere.
Make sure you are spectating in a safe and sensible spot, and have room to move if the unexpected happens.
When spectating, please be aware of local resident's private property and be careful not to cause any damage by climbing on walls or trampling gardens.
We hope you'll go home with lots of great memories and photographs, but also any litter you have! Please don't leave your rubbish behind, the Friends Life Tour of Britain is lucky enough to race through some of Britain's most beautiful areas, and we'd like to keep them that way for everyone to enjoy!
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Please keep checking back as information will be updated continuously with information, events, activities, and more ways to get involved!