Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, will get first-hand experience of the Tour of Britain Bristol stage when he attempts to cycle up Bridge Valley Road today (24 August).

The Tour’s visit to Bristol on Saturday 10 September is likely to be one of the biggest sporting events the city has ever seen.  Bristol is hosting the entire penultimate stage of the Tour (Stage 7) with an Individual Time Trial in the morning (starting around 10am) followed by a six-lap Circuit Race in the afternoon (starting around 2.30pm).
 
The Tour of Britain’s visit to Bristol has been enabled by Bristol City Council and is being organised by the Bristol Partnership for Sports and Active Recreation.
 
In anticipation of the Tour’s arrival, the Mayor tackled the hardest section of the route, Bridge Valley Road, a gruelling 9% climb that professional riders will have to conquer a total of seven times on the day.  
 
The Mayor was joined by semi-professional cyclists from Bristol South Cycling Club and representatives from local organisations who are also supporting the Tour’s visit to the city.
 
The Tour of Britain is returning to Bristol following the city hosting a successful stage finish in 2014 when TV footage was broadcast to over 200 million homes around the world.  It was estimated that the stage visit was responsible for over £240,000 worth of investment in local shops and hotels.

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Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “With a full day of racing around Bristol, the Tour of Britain’s visit is set to be one of the biggest sporting events in the city’s history and I’d like to thank local partners for lending their support alongside the council to help make the Tour’s visit a success.  
 
 
“The day will be a chance for the whole city and visitors to come together to watch and be inspired by the cycling elite gracing our city streets.  
 
 
“I’m no world-class cyclist like the professionals who will be in Bristol for the Tour.  However by tackling part of the course I hope I am doing my bit to show people of all ages in Bristol that having a go and getting active is what matters most.”
 
 
Christina Gyles, Bristol South Cycling Club Secretary said: “The club is very excited about the tour coming to Bristol. It will be a great spectacle to see on the day. It’s always great to see events like these in the Bristol inspiring people at all levels to embrace cycling – whether that’s through local racing, social riding, or commuting by bike.”
 
 
John Hirst, Chief Executive of Destination Bristol, said: “September 10th will be a great opportunity for Bristol to showcase many of its great attractions. Television coverage of the Tour of Britain will be extensive and assist us with our aim of raising the profile of the city. We envisage a large increase in visitor numbers to Bristol not only during the Tour of Britain weekend, but also into 2017 as a direct result of the worldwide television coverage.  I am sure that the cyclists will enjoy the challenging experience of cycling around Bristol and we look forward to welcoming them during the Tour of Britain and in the future.”
 
Colin Sexstone, Chairman of the Bristol Partnership for Sport and Active Recreation said: “Team GB’s medal success in Rio was led by the cyclists, and we are riding the crest of that wave now. It’s no accident that the next major cycling event after Rio is coming to Bristol. Our city has all-round sporting passion and talent, but cycling has found a natural home here in Bristol. The Olympic medal count that will be on display here next month will be unequalled anywhere else – two separate stages, and both taking place entirely in Bristol around our city streets.
 
 
“The Sport Partnership brings all of Bristol’s key sporting organisations together to work as one, and led by Bristol City Council we have managed to pull off a real coup by getting the biggest day’s racing in this year’s Tour of Britain to our proud city. With the help of our supporters – including Bristol’s own OVO Energy – we are expecting this to be the single biggest day of world-class sport that Bristol has ever seen.
 
 
“We are in the final stages of gearing up for the Tour’s arrival on 10 September, and our main aim as a partnership is to enable and inspire people who live and work here to be more active, and just by seeing the world’s best racers for free on our own streets I am sure that many will be inspired to get on a bike and use a bit of pedal power!"
 
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Some of the world’s best professional cyclists including Olympic Silver medallist and Britain’s record Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish plus top sprinter André Greipel and former UCI World Hour Record holder Rohan Dennis are confirmed to race this year.  
 
It's also been confirmed that Britain’s most decorated Olympian, Sir Bradley Wiggins, will be riding as part of Team WIGGINS alongside his teammate and fellow Olympian, Owain Doull.
 
 
The Bristol Stage 7 route will take them from the start on Durdham Downs, before crossing the Clifton Suspension Bridge, down Rownham Hill, around the bottom of the Floating Harbour before heading back up Bridge Valley Road to the Downs for the finish. 
 
 
Chris Houghton, OVO's Chief Financial Officer and keen cyclist, commented, "We're proud to be supporting this spectacular sporting event taking place in our home city. It's OVO's mission to be better for everyone – and our partnership with the Tour certainly fits this ethos. Cycling is an enjoyable and sustainable sport, and one that I have a huge passion for. It's great to have this opportunity to bring our team and the wider Bristol community together to raise funds for a fantastic local cause."
 
 
Matt Birch, Director of Sport, Exercise and Health at the University of Bristol, said: "We're delighted to be sponsoring this historic event, which will bring world-class cyclists to the city this September. The University has an active community of cyclists – from its cycling, triathlon and sustainability societies to the hundreds of staff and students who get to campus by pedal power everyday.  Following the success of Team GB’s cyclists in the Rio Olympics, millions of people in the UK have been inspired to get back in the saddle and we hope that events like the Tour of Britain will continue to inspire people to take up cycling."
 
 
To celebrate the event coming to Bristol, event partner First Bus are reducing two of their most popular family tickets for the day to get you to the Tour car-free. The West of England family day ticket will only be £10 (usually £15) and the Bristol Inner Zone family day ticket will only be £5 (usually £8). Both tickets allow up to 5 people (maximum 2 adults) unlimited travel for the day in their chosen area. Tickets are available to buy on bus from the driver or on the free First Bus Tickets app. For more information visit www.firstgroup.com/tourofbritain  
 
More information about what is going on during the day and how to get to the race can be found on the official webpage for the Tour of Britain’s visit to Bristol: www.bristoltourofbritain.com