The route: where and when

Residents encouraged to come out and watch the Tour of Britain in Norfolk, as race timings announced

Residents are being encouraged to line the roadsides as the Tour of Britain cycle race returns to the county after a three year absence on Saturday September 12.

Starting with an event at Fakenham Racecourse, followed by a ride through Fakenham town centre before the race officially starts nearby, the race will finally finish in Ipswich – some 141 miles away.

Estimated times that the race will reach certain points along the route are outlined below.

As the race progresses periods of time are given as arrival times will depend on rider speeds. Quickest time based on 46kmph speed, slowest at 38kmph.

Fakenham Racecourse 10am start.

Neutral lap through Fakenham – Hempton Road, Bridge Street, Holt Road.

A1067 official race start on the A1067 near Guist, then through Guist at 10.15.

A1067 past Twyford at 10.21.

A1067 through Foxley at 10.25.

Onto Foxley Road through Bawdswell, using The Street at 10.29.

Onto B1145 Reepham Road all the way to Reepham between 10.36 and 10.40.

Through Reepham using Church Hill, Norwich Road between 10.36 and 10.41, New Road, then Cawston Road between 10.38 and 10.43.

B1145 to Cawston.

B1145 through Cawston between 10.45 and 10.52.

B1145 into Aylsham using Penfold Street between 10.52 and 11, and Norwich Road between 10.53 and 11.01.

A140 heading in the direction of Norwich.

Past Hevingham between 10.58 and 11.07.

King of the Mountain stage on the A140 before Stratton Strawless between 10.58 and 11.08 and finishes after Stratton Strawless.

Past Hainford between 11.02 and 11.13.

Past St Faiths between 11.05 and 11.16.

Holt Road between 11.11 and 11.24, Cromer Road passing Norwich Airport.

Into Norwich, Aylsham Road between 11.13 and 11.26.

St Augustines (against the one way system) between 11.16 and 11.29.

Pitt Street (against the one way system) between 11.16 and 11.30
St Crispins roundabout and along Barn Road.

Grapes Hill between 11.17 amd 11.31.

At Chapelfield Roundabout the race turns down Cleveland Road, then along Gaol Hill between 11.18 and 11.33.

Gentlemans Walk between 11.18 and 11.33.

Rampant Horse Street and Theatre Street between 11.19 and 11.33.

Chapelfield Roundabout then down Earlham Road between 11.22 and 11.37.
Watton Road between 11.25 and 11.40.

Hethersett Lane (past NCFC training ground) between 11.26 and 11.42.
Norwich Road toward Hethersett.

Through the village on Queens Road between 11.31 and 11.48, Great Melton Road, High Green, then out of the village on Melton Road.

Into Wymondham on Cock Street between 11.40 and 11.59.

Town Green (against the one way system) between 11.40 and 12.00, then Market Street.

Fairland Street (against the one way system) between 11.41 and 12.00.

London Road between 11.42 and 12.01.

Sutton Lane, Wymondham Road, Chapel Road past Spooner Row between 11.47 and 12.07.

Bunwell Road and then Besthorpe Road into Attleborough between 11.55 and 12.17.

Station Road between 11.57 and 12.19.

Buckenham Road and Attleborough Road into Old Buckenham between 12.02 and 12.26.

Crown Road between 12.03 and 12.27.

Past Quidenham between 12.10 and 12.36.

Quidenham Road, Church Road, The Street past Bridgham and then past Brettenham.

Kilverstone Road toward Thetford.

Norwich Road into Thetford between 12.32 and 13.03.

Grove Lane between 12.34 and 13.05.

Melford Bridge Road, Castle Lane, Nuns Bridge Road, and out of Norfolk on the Bury Road between 12.37 and 13.09. Heading toward Elveden.

  • To help ensure the race takes place safely the route will be closed to traffic just before the lead cyclist reaches that point. Around 30 police motorbikes will be used to enforce a rolling road closure, which will be lifted once the last race support vehicle has passed.
  • It is possible the roads will be closed for several minutes or up to 20minutes depending on how spread apart the cyclists are.
  • The Grapes Hill / Chapelfield Rd Roundabout will be closed for a little longer as the event crosses this junction to enter and exit the city centre.
  • More time is also needed for the one way system to clear ahead of the competitors. It is hoped the overall closure duration will not last more than 20minutes. This will also be the case in Wymondham and Attleborough where the town centres will be closed for about 20minutes to allow the one way systems to clear.
  • Parking restrictions will also be in place in small sections of Reepham, Cawston, and on Earlham Road in Norwich.
  • Motorists wanting to avoid the race are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the route and race timings and use alternative roads, where possible.
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