The eyes of the world will be on Ottery St Mary in September, especially when the OVO Energy Tour of Britain returns to the East Devon town.

Stage Two of the race, running between Cranbrook and Barnstaple on Monday 3 September, will once again feature the SKODA King of the Mountains climb at Chineway Hill, which also featured during the race’s last Devon stage in 2016.

To coincide with the Tour’s visit, September is now Cyclists’ Month in the town, as local residents show off Ottery St Mary to the wider world.

Ahead of the race’s visit on the morning of 3 September, local residents and guests are being invited to take part in the Big Cycling Breakfast (utilising the town’s many cafés and restaurants) before tackling Chineway Hill en masse.

Businesses will be showing their support for the race by decorating shopfronts – some in the colours of their favourite of the 2o teams competing in Britain’s biggest annual sporting event, others to reflect the nature of their business – in the aim of being the most creative in the town.

However, the OVO Energy Tour of Britain’s visit isn’t the only two-wheeled event taking place in the town in September. The Devon Rotarium cycle challenge sportive (Sunday 9 September) is being held six days after the race’s visit, taking in many roads used in previous editions of the race, with money raised going to the Devon Air Ambulance.

And after a successful first running in 2017, the Second King & Queen of the Mountain hill-climb on Chineway Hill returns on Sunday 16 September. Organised by 1st Chard Wheelers, this 2.5-kilometre test will be a painful challenge for even the most accomplished of climbers!

Shortly before the race’s visit, the Sidmouth Herald will also be running a special feature entitled 100 reasons why to watch the Tour in Ottery St Mary, which will give businesses, organisations and clubs the opportunity show off the town’s hidden treasures.

For more information on cyclists’ month in Ottery St Mary, contact Josefina or John.