The penultimate stage sees the OVO Energy Tour of Britain return to Nottinghamshire to build upon the success of the 2017 stage in the county.  This year’s longest stage of the race heads departs from West Bridgford, just a short distance away from the iconic Trent Bridge Cricket Ground.

With 215.6 kilometres separating there and the finish in Mansfield, which hosted a stage start in 2017, this is the sixth longest leg of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain since its return 14 years ago.

Despite the distance and the cumulative fatigue from a week of racing, expect to see a bunch sprint in Mansfield. The fast finishers in the bunch will pass through the finish before undertaking a short circuit around the town, giving them an invaluable insight into the closing kilometres.

West Bridgford
Host venue for the first time

West Bridgford is in seventh heaven for the start of Stage Seven of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain and, as the largest town within Rushcliffe, is a great place and home to great lifestyle and great sport from top level professionals to kids in local parks.

Starting on leafy and vibrant Central Avenue with its café culture and regular farmers’ markets,  the Tour will commence in one of the hotbeds for cycling in Nottinghamshire as it passes the world famous Trent Bridge cricket ground and Nottingham Forest FC before weaving its way through many of Rushcliffe’s picturesque villages and towns.

The borough was proud to be named among the top areas nationally in the annual Vibrant Economy Index earlier this year and the best borough for schools anywhere outside of London.

With an engaged and prosperous population, Rushcliffe is set to become home for many more people with plans for the most new homes of anywhere in the East Midlands in the next decade whilst maintaining its beautiful environment remains a priority.

Look out for the thriving communities of Ruddington, East Leake, Keyworth, Cotgrave, Radcliffe-on-Trent and stilton making Cropwell Bishop on this stage. They are among the parishes boasting a wealth of cycling and sports clubs who will give a hearty Rushcliffe welcome to the Tour.

Mansfield
Host venue for the second time

Mansfield is a busy town in the heart of Robin Hood Country. The district is surrounded by green space and historic woodland that forms the landscape of the greater Sherwood Forest area. Just a few minutes from the motorway, Mansfield is well connected to the wider county of Nottinghamshire.

Some of Nottinghamshire’s best heritage sites are within a 20-minute drive including English Heritage and National Trust properties along with acres and acres of ancient oaks.  At the heart of district is a Purple Flag accredited town centre which is host to plenty of welcoming bistros, cafes and bars. The Market Place is host to a market five days a week and there are seasonal artisan and craft markets throughout the year.  The market is surrounded by shops and plenty of kitsch, independent stores.  There’s departments stores and top high street brands and plenty of out of town retail parks.

There are seven green flag parks around the district, perfect for play days with the family or a stroll in the sunshine. Water Meadows Swimming and Fitness Complex has flumes, waves and indoor play and behind the complex is the town’s flagship Titchfield Park. Mansfield Museum is an award winning heritage venue which commemorates the achievements of the town.

Spanning the town is a 15-arch viaduct which connects Mansfield to the national railway network and allows easy access to the city. And the district has cycle paths and trails to explore the green space that surrounds the town.

For more information see www.visitmansfield.co.uk.