Cheshire East will once again witness Tour of Britain action as nearly 100 of the world’s top cyclists are set to pass through the area during the first two days of the 2023 race.

Taking place on Sunday 3 September, the opening stage of this year’s Tour will see the peloton race through Ashley, Mobberley, Wilmslow, and Dean Row as part of a near 20-kilometre section in Cheshire East.

Fans wishing to catch a second glimpse of the riders can do so again when the Wrexham stage also extends into Cheshire East on Monday 4 September. Riders will head east to Peckforton then south to Malpas, mainly following B roads and briefly passing along the A534.

The Tour last came to Cheshire East in 2021 for a stage between Alderley Park and Warrington. The borough hosted an entire stage of the event in 2016, which started in Congleton and spectacularly finished in Tatton Park.

Spectators are asked to make sure they watch the race in safety, especially on narrow lanes. Early arrivals are recommended so that fans can take the opportunity to visit some of the borough’s popular towns and villages.

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Peter Hodges, Tour of Britain PR director, said: “Cheshire East offers challenging roads for both leisure and competition cycling and it’s great that the Tour is once again visiting the borough, where we received a fantastic reception and support from thousands of spectators in 2016.”

Councillor Mark Goldsmith, Cheshire East Council chair of the economy and growth committee, added: “While the Tour’s excursion into Cheshire East may be brief, a major international event such as the Tour of Britain has to be good for the borough’s economy, as indeed it was in 2016.

“Cheshire East will be part of the opening stage of the race, which starts in Altrincham. So, hopefully, we can expect to see some benefits from that in terms of the visitor economy, knowing that this is an event that is extremely popular with cycling fans and members of the public who want to see the stars of this sport on our local roads.”

Councillor Chris Hilliard, Cheshire East Council’s walking and cycling champion, said: “Events such as the Tour of Britain manage to inspire many others, particularly young people to take up cycling, of all forms.

“This is the third occasion in recent years that the Tour has come to Cheshire East, and we hope that these two legs are as successful and as popular with the crowds as the event has proved in the past.

“It gives us a chance to show off our fantastic countryside, local towns, and villages people can visit by popping on a bike. Cheshire East is a great place to cycle.”

About the Tour of Britain 2023

Click here to view stage maps for the Greater Manchester and Wrexham stages.

Live coverage of all eight stages will be shown on ITV4 in the UK and around the world in over 150 countries, primarily through Eurosport’s online services, discover + and GCN+.