Nottinghamshire is hosting stage 7 of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain 2018

This is Britain's biggest and most prestigious professional cycling race.

Tour facts

  • The first Tour of Britain was in 2004
  • This year 21 teams from 10 different countries will take part
  • In Nottinghamshire you will see 120 of the world’s top cyclists racing a 175-kilometre stage from Mansfield to Newark
  • It is the biggest FREE live attendance event in the UK
  • It attracts over 1.6 million spectators over the eight day event
  • The Tour is broadcast to over 120 countries and is LIVE from start to finish each day on ITV4
  • One million viewers from across the world watch per day on ITV4

Tips for the best Tour of Britain experience

  • Be ready! The riders will flash by at speeds you would not have imagined!
  • Don’t let off flares. It’s not safe and the riders hate it
  • Do not try to touch or push the riders – they don’t need it and they don’t want it and it’s against the rules
  • Don’t throw water – even if you’ve seen it on the Tour de France
  • Don’t run alongside the riders, especially in your underwear. Give the riders space and you will look like an idiot
  • Pick a good spot – try to position yourself at a point where you can see the riders approach for the longest amount of time
  • Plan your day and your route. Try to arrive from a direction unaffected by road closures and allow plenty of time for your journey
  • Take your bike. If feasible watch the tour on two wheels
  • Support your favourite riders and teams by chalking the road and waving a banner or flag
  • Leave no trace, do not drop any litter on the route

The route

The route takes in some of Nottinghamshire's best visitor attractions including Newstead Abbey, Southwell Minster, Sherwood Forest, Rufford Abbey, Clumber Park and Nottingham City.

Get involved

We're inviting local residents, businesses, schools and community groups to get involved!

Join us on the day and make some noise with cow bells and shakers. Hundreds of homes and businesses will line the race route, so why not dress your fencing with bunting or decorate bikes around your town and village. You could dress up yourself to wave on the riders or if you're feeling really creative produce some land art for the aerial film crews to pick up.


Be proud to be part of the Nottinghamshire Stage 7 race day excitement by volunteering. Join in and help make this the most enjoyable and safe experience possible. Volunteer registration open soon.

Events near to you

There are celebration events taking place across the whole county. Keep a close eye on our social media and in the local press and find out what's happening locally.

Newark and Sherwood Festival of Cycling

We are celebrating the tour in our district with a summer-long festival of cycling around the race. 

The district is going yellow

From start to finish we are encouraging the district to go yellow for Stage 7 of the race.

Famous the world over the yellow jersey of the race leader is instantly recognisable in many grand tour races. During the summer months we will be positioning yellow bicycles near the entrance and exit to many of the towns on the route. Please get involved by adding your own decorated bikes to your towns and villages. 

Roads and road closures

Static road closures will be in force at both the start of the race in Nottingham and at the finish in Mansfield.

Rolling road closures will operate throughout the middle section of the tour and delays are estimated at being around 30 minutes maximum in each town and village. 

Special stages

Each road stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain features three intermediate Sprints, where points are awarded towards the Eisberg Sprints Jersey.

In Newark and Sherwood we have two of the sprints for Nottinghamshire – in Bilsthorpe and Blidworth.

The SKODA King of the Mountains Jersey is awarded to the best climber in the race. Riders battle for points at designated climbs on every road stage of the tour.

For Nottinghamshire the King of the Mountains climbs are in Keyworth, on Bank Hill in Woodborough and Oxton Hill in our district.

You can download the map showing the special stages in Nottinghamshire from the Tour of Britain website

Teams and riders

During the coming weeks the Tour of Britain team will be announcing the teams that are taking part. We will share with you the big names and local riders and explain which coloured jerseys to look out for.

Safety first and cheer points

An important aspect of the tour will be thinking about where the best and safest places are to cheer on the cyclists. We will be working closely with parish councils, spectator locations such as Clumber Park as well as with Nottinghamshire Police to keep you updated.

Watch the tour on TV

Again this year cycling fans can enjoy LIVE TV coverage from start to finish for each stage of the tour as well as a one-hour highlights programme each evening. Our district will be broadcast to over 120 countries!

The OVO ToB team are particularly keen to hear about activities taking place in your communities that can be picked up by aerial film crews. Please let us know if you are arranging any aerial land art or flag waving from roof tops and towers and we will pass it on to the film crews who are planning the TV coverage.

Jerseys to look out for

Within the OVO Energy Tour of Britain there are four leaders’ jerseys, each presented following every stage to the rider leading that competition’s classification. In 2017 this is headed by the leader’s green jersey, which this year gets a makeover to reflect the title partnership with OVO Energy

The OVO Energy Green Jersey

Awarded to the rider leading The OVO Energy Tour of Britain overall, the Green Jersey is what every rider in The Tour seeks to pull on.

The Points Jersey

Details coming soon.

The SKODA King of the Mountains Jersey

Awarded to the best climber in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, riders battle for points at designated SKODA King of the Mountains climbs on every road stage of The Tour.

The Eisberg Sprints Jersey

Each road stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain features three intermediate Sprints, where points are awarded towards the Eisberg Sprints Jersey. Highly popular with fans, riders battle it out to be first across the sprint line to claim points, and also bonus seconds to be taken off their overall race time.

Let's get social

We are keen to share your news and help you promote the activities taking place in your communities. 

Join in the conversation using our social media accounts

Please post your photos to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using #NottsToB

Press accreditation

Media accreditation for the 2017 OVO Energy Tour of Britain will open on Wednesday 21 June.

The Tour of Britain team provide a variety of services to journalists and members of the media wishing to cover, preview or report upon the event, and are always happy to help with your requirements.

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