Notts gears up for the return of Tour of Britain
Nottinghamshire has been chosen to host the penultimate - and longest - stage of this year's
The biggest free-to-attend sporting event returns to Nottinghamshire this year on Saturday September 8 with a large section of the route in Newark and Sherwood.
The announcement follows last year's success which attracted 210,000 supporters on the day - one of the biggest turn-outs across the eight stage race across the UK. The race boosted the Nottinghamshire economy by more than £3.4m.
With a global TV audience of millions, once again the eyes of the world will be on Nottinghamshire when 120 of the world's top cyclists race the longest stage which is approximately 223 km long (139 miles).
The route will pass key landmarks in the district including the new Sherwood Forest Visitor centre and Clumber park.
District council leader Councillor David Lloyd said: "We are delighted and privileged to be hosting, for the second year running, a large section of the Ovo Energy Tour of Britain and again look forward to the involvement of many communities across the district.
"Last year, thousands of the district's residents were able to share in this celebration of cycling while showing off the district as its very best to an international audience. We are really looking forward to another showcase day."
Councillor Kay Cutts, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said "We are absolutely delighted that the race will be returning to our great county on Saturday 8 September - and will take place in every district, including the City area.
"Last year's event really was a fantastic day and shows that Nottinghamshire has what it takes to host a sporting event of this scale.
"We hope even more residents and visitors will turn out in force to experience this fantastic event this year - and let's hope the county reaps even bigger economic benefits."
Micky Bennett, Tour of Britain Race Director added: "The turn-out for the Nottinghamshire stage last year really was incredible. The viewing figures for ITV4 show that Stage Four was popular with the audience at home too, with half a million people tuning in to watch the highlights - attracting the highest ratings of any other seven highlight shows.
"So we are delighted to be returning to Nottinghamshire as this year's route makes it seem like a completely different county! We are taking in a lot of new areas, approaching a significant part of 2017's route from the opposite direction as well as having hillier sections this time."
The route will pass or pass near Gunthorpe, Lowdham, Oxton, Southwell, Hockerton, Caunton, Norwell, Ossington, Moorhouse, Laxton, Egmanton, Clumber Park, Budby, Edwinstowe, Rufford Park, Bilsthorpe, Edingley, Farnsfield, Blidworth and Newstead Abbey.