The OVO Energy Tour of Britain, the UK’s premier road cycling race, will finish in Wales for the first time this September as Cardiff hosts the final stage on Sunday 10 September.

It will be just the fourth time since the race was revived in 2004, and the first time since 2012, that the OVO Energy Tour of Britain has finished outside of London, and coincides with Visit Wales’ Year of Legends.

Cardiff will welcome the OVO Energy Tour of Britain for the first time ever, with the 180-kilometre Stage Eight beginning in Worcester and passing through Monmouthshire and Newport, before finishing on King Edward VII Avenue, alongside Cardiff City Hall.

Full Stage ETAs and details of the intermediate SKODA King of the Mountains and Eisberg Sprints can be found in the interactive Google map at the top of this page.

Spectator Information

Start

For all the spectator information for Worcester, including detailed maps, timetable and programme, click here 

Finish

For public transport information around Cardiff city centre you find bus timetables here and further information from the Cardiff City Council website here.

If you’re travelling by car you can find a full list of city centre car parking facilities here, but please be aware that due to road closures in place for the event roads are likely to be more congested than normal.

Worcester

Worcester is a beautiful Cathedral and University City with a fascinating history of industry, located in the heart of the West Midlands on the banks of the river Severn. It boasts a wealth of interesting architecture, top class sports teams and venues, an unrivalled combination of independent boutiques and high street names, and a vibrant programme of events.

On Sunday 10 September Worcester will host the start of the final stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain. From 9.15am you can meet the teams and their riders at the Tour start point by The Hive in Croft Road and explore the ‘event village’, featuring exhibitors and cycling-related activities.

The riders set off at 11am and their route takes in some of the city’s great attractions, including the river Severn and the magnificent Worcester Cathedral, a striking architectural wonder stretching back to the 11th Century that is home to the tombs of King John and Prince Arthur, son of King Henry VIII. Read more about Worcester Cathedral.

Opposite it is a fine example of Worcester’s winning mix of the old and the new, the brand new £20m Cathedral Square retail and leisure development – one of the best points in the city to watch the action of the Tour. Find out more about Cathedral Square.

Riders will then pass The Commandery, a beautiful Grade I Listed building that became the Royalist battle headquarters in the Battle of Worcester in 1651, the final engagement of the English Civil War. A major new exhibition, Worcester’s Civil War Story, offers an immersive experience of the 17th Century conflict, and reveals how future US Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson visited Worcester a century later to honour the city’s role in the fight for democracy. Read more about The Commandery.

Worcester is a cycle-friendly city, with a network of paths taking in its award-winning parks and the beautiful banks of the river Severn.

Make a weekend of it! Many of Worcester’s heritage attractions are open for free on September 9 and 10, as part of the Heritage Open Days Weekend. Find out more.

See Billy Ocean, Paul Carrack, The Boomtown Rats and more in the Concert of Legends on Saturday 9 September at Worcestershire County Cricket Club’s famously lovely New Road ground. Find out more.

Read the Worcester programme and find out more about events on the big day.

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Pershore

Situated on the banks of the River Avon is the idyllic town of Pershore, a great escape from the hustle and bustle of city visits. Famous for its beautiful 13th Century Norman Abbey that sits in the award winning Abbey Parklands, the town combines history with tranquillity but provides the modern amenities necessary for a wonderfully enjoyable visit.

Find out more about Pershore.

 

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Malvern & Upton

The Malverns provide one of the most picturesque backdrops in the country for

spectators and the world’s top professional riders to enjoy and also boasts cycling links stretching back more than 100 years. Malvern’s most famous son, the composer Edward Elgar, was a keen cyclist who would travel around the district on his bike.

Novelty races, street entertainment and live music will be among the activities on offer as part of a day of cycling-themed fun to celebrate the OVO Energy Tour of Britain coming to Upton.

Find out more.

Malvern Hills