Here we answer some of your frequently asked questions about the Tour of Britain to give you a helpful overview of the event.
Particularly good spots along each route are always the SKODA King of the Mountains and YodelDirect Sprints however as crowds line the street to see the riders race to the line to pick up invaluable points as they go in search of a jersey.
If you make your way to the start or finish of any Stage you will get the chance to get up close and personal with some of the biggest stars the sport has to offer.
How much does it cost to watch?
Nothing! It's absolutely free! From start to finish the route is completely free of charge for spectators to come and see the world's best cyclists in action. We do also offer a number of hospitality places at the start and finish of each Stage where you can pay for the full VIP treatment for the day. More details of our hospitality packages can be found here.
How will I know when the race is passing through my village?
Although there is no way of guaranteeing when the race will be passing a particular point we do produce a minute-by-minute ETA guide of where the riders are likely to be along each Stage according to a slow, normal and fast pace. This is obviously just an estimation and can be thrown off by extreme weather conditions or a crash for example, but with all things being equal they are often incredibly accurate. As the race approaches the ETA's will be published on each individual Stage page so check back there to find yours.
Will there be road closures?
There will be a small number of road closures involving the surrounding areas of each start and finish location. These closures will be finalised well in advance of the race taking place and published on the spectator information pages for each Stage, including how long the roads will be closed for. In relation to the route between each start and finish we operate a 'rolling road closure' system. This is where the race route, and junctions with access roads onto the route, are closed while the race passes through. The length of closure of the rolling road block depends upon how dispersed the riders are. Typically, the lead motorcycle instigating the closure is 15 minutes ahead of the lead rider. The closure then remains in place until all riders and race cars have passed through. The simplest advice is to look at the route of the race and avoid that road for about one hour either side of the predicted time of the race passing through.
What time does the race start and finish?
The start time for each Stage differs so it is important you check for the specific Stage you wish to attend but are typically late-morning, between 10-11am. You can find the exact start time for each Stage on the ETA list which is published on each individual Stage page. The finish time is normally around mid-afternoon, between 3-4pm, but is obviously dependant on how fast the riders travel and can be affected by severe weather conditions. You can find the estimated finish time on the same ETA list, but to keep right up-to-date with the riders as the race is in progress follow the Tour of Britain on Twitter.
Where is the best place to watch the race go past?
There will be a host of places along the route that will be a great spot to watch the race go past, with most towns or villages the riders go through really getting into the spirit and giving them a huge welcome. Particularly good spots along each route are always the SKODA King of the Mountains and YodelDirect Sprints however as crowds line the street to see the riders race to the line to pick up invaluable points as they go in search of a jersey. All the SKODA King of the Mountains and YodelDirect Sprints are clearly marked on each Stage map. You'll also find our partners SKODA and Yodel distributing plenty of goodies and freebies at these locations!
Who will be riding?
With the race continuing to go from strength-to-strength, seeing nine UCI WorldTeams compete in 2015, we can expect to see another top-class field for 2016 with the world's best riders going head-to-head across Britain. The full rider line-up will be announced a few weeks before the race begins and we will have an in depth look at each team and their riders on our dedicated Teams page. For the very latest news and to keep up-to-date with all the preparations ahead of the 2016 season you can follow the Tour of Britain on Twitter and Facebook.
Is there a promo village?
Yes there is a promotional village at the start and finish of each Stage where you can meet all our sponsors and partners. They will be handing out loads of goodies and freebies as well as a host of great competitions you can enter to win some stunning prizes! It's a great bit of entertainment while you wait for the riders to start or arrive. There is also a big screen located in each promo village so whilst you're enjoying the entertainment you can keep up-to-date with all the race action as the riders make their way to the Finish.
Can I meet the riders?
Absolutely! If you make your way to the start or finish of any Stage you will get the chance to get up close and personal with some of the biggest stars the sport has to offer. You can wander around the team buses picking up autographs as the riders warm up or cool down giving you a great insight into the life of a professional athlete and just how much preparation goes into their performance from both the rider and their team. No better way to cap a great day of sporting action!
Can I watch on television?
ITV is the official broadcaster for the Tour of Britain and will be showing live coverage of the event. The BIKE Channel will also be showing live coverage. Please check schedules for timings or refer to our Television page.
How can I get involved?
There are plenty of ways you can get involved in Britain's premier cycling race! We organise our own team of dedicated volunteers who are crucial to the smooth running of the race and become the eyes and ears of the Tour organisers. You can find out more information and apply to volunteer here. Alternatively you can get in touch with your local Council who are hosting the Tour of Britain to speak to them directly about the range of events that will be going on around the race. To keep up-to-date with all the activity around the Tour and your chances to get involved make sure you sign up to our newsletter.