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Spectator Info – Cockermouth

Stage Five of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain starts in Cockermouth on Thursday 6 September.

Stage Five of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain starts in Cockermouth on Thursday 6 September.

For the first time in race history, we will be staging a team time trial, allowing spectators to clearly see every single rider up close and personal as each team tackles the 14-kilometre route from Cockermouth to Whinlatter at three-minute intervals.

Explore the Stage Five map online here, or check out the race timetable here.

Click here to download the Cockermouth residents’ letter, distributed to people living on/near the Stage Five route.

People travelling to the start in Cockermouth should consider:

Bike: There are ample public bike racks situated around Cockermouth Town Centre.

Rail:  There are train stations at Workington and Maryport, both of which are on the scenic coastal line from Carlisle (journey times: between 45 and 60 minutes).

Regular buses to Cockermouth and Keswick are available from Workington (using the X4/X5 service from the town’s bus station on Murray Road) and from Maryport (Curzon Street Bus Stop).

Race fans can also ride to Cockermouth (about eight miles) along country lanes following the C2C route from Workington; via Broughton Moor from Maryport; or Keswick (around 20 miles).

National Rail services also run to Penrith; take the X4/X5 bus from outside the station to reach your destination in Cockermouth (journey time approximately 45 to 90 minutes). However, bikes are not permitted on this bus service – to ride to Cockermouth, follow the C2C route through Greystoke and Mungrisedale – a lovely but hilly route.

Road: From the M6 (northbound), leave at junction 40 and follow the A66 into Cockermouth.

From the M6 (southbound), leave at junction 44 and follow the A689 and A595 into Cockermouth.

Car parking: There are pay and display car parks in Cockermouth, Keswick and Workington. More details can be found on Allerdale Borough Council website.

Please note that Sullart Street car park in Cockermouth will be closed to the public on Thursday 6 September (for Stage Five).

Owing to the time trial nature of Stage Five, a full road closure will be in operation on:

Main Street (from Sullart Street to Station Street junctions): from 18:00 on Wednesday 5 September (to allow for start area build) until 17:00 on raceday.

Crown Street (from Gote Road to Sullart Street junctions), Sullart Street (from Main Street to iSouth Street junctions), westbound lane of Main Street (from South Street to Market Place junctions): from 10:00 to 14:45 on raceday.

Station Street, Lorton Street, Lorton Road, Strawberry How Road, Hundith Hill Road: from 11:30 until 14:45 on raceday.

There are bike shops in Keswick, Cockermouth and Workington if you need to stock up on anything or just want a browse.

Allerdale, in northwest Cumbria, is the perfect place for cycling. Riders can test their strength on the mountain climbs of the Honister or Newlands Pass, as well as Whinlatter and Fangs Brow which both feature in this year’s Tour. And explore the fabulous Lakes and fells along the way. But don’t miss out on the Solway Coast either. Easily accessible by train, the rolling countryside is a delight with some fantastic wildlife and Roman history.

For more information, visit www.visitallerdale.co.uk.

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