Preparations are now well underway for Tendring to host an individual time trial stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain this September.

It will be the first time that the very best of the world’s men’s road race cyclists will hit the streets of Clacton over a ten-mile open, coastal course.

Tendring District Council (TDC) secured Stage Five of the event – which will take place on Thursday 7 September – earlier this year.

The course has now been planned out and Tendring District Council (TDC) is about to start the process of informing all residents and businesses who will be affected on the day.

The general timing will be from around 9.30pm to 2pm and will not interfere with people making their way to and from work – or with school drop-off or pick up times.

Tanya Ferguson, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Tourism and Events, said it is a real honour and privilege for the District to host such top international sporting competition.

“Outside of the Olympics we could not attract anything bigger than the OVO Energy Tour of Britain to Tendring and it is a great opportunity for residents and visitors to see the best of the world’s riders on the doorstep,” she said.

“As it is a time trial with the cyclists racing against the clock there will be constant action to watch and admire and it will also bring us worldwide television coverage which will be a boost for tourism.

“Hopefully it will inspire youngsters to take up the sport and just maybe the next Sir Bradley Wiggins will come from Clacton.

“We are now just a couple of months away and we want to ensure that everyone in well informed about what will be taking place, where and when. Hand-delivered letters are going out to all those homes and businesses along the route in the next week.

“They will be given contact details of who to get in touch with if they have any questions or queries and we will work these through with them.

“We promise that disruption will be kept to a minimum and if people raise any concerns there is still time to sort them out.”

The Council already has plenty of experience of hosting top cycling events having put on stages of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour in both 2014 and 2015 with the same organisers, SweetSpot Group.

Those proved a massive success and generated huge interest in the area with tens of thousands of spectators along the route and global television coverage.

Stage Five is set to be the longest time trial to be staged since 2013 when it was won by Sir Bradley Wiggins at Knowsley Safari Park.

“It is a unique stage – and the only time trial in this year’s race,” added Cllr Ferguson.

“It will help us to prolong our holiday season into September and will be another huge event to follow on after the Clacton Airshow on August 24 and 25 2017 really will be a special year events.”

Further information about Stage Five, including an interactive route map can be found here.

The OVO Energy Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event, giving cycling fans the opportunity to see the world’s best teams and riders competing on their door step, taking place between Sunday 3 and Sunday 10 September 2017.