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Tour of Wessex Cycling Event
Saturday 23 May 2015, 08:00
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CYCLING EVENT ROUTES AND TIMINGS FOR THE TOUR OF WESSEX 23 MAY 2015


The Tour of Wessex cycling event, now in its 10th year, will again be taking place over the spring bank holiday from the 23-25 May 2015. It is headquartered in Somerton, Somerset with the 3rd Stage route on the 25th May incorporating the lanes and byways of Somerset.


The event is a non-competitive challenge ride held on open roads which attracts hundreds of cyclists from around the UK and the rest of the world, it showcases the tourism assets from the region as well as promoting its renowned food and drinks industry.


Due to the increasing pressure on the road infrastructure every year from car use and the number of other cycling events that now take place year round we are providing each Parish with information on the route and the timings in order to minimise disruption to travel plans for local residents and business' that may operate over the weekend.


• Stage 1 – Saturday 23 May, Somerset & Wiltshire


• Stage 2 – Sunday 24 May, Somerset & Dorset


• Stage 3 – Monday 25 May, Somerset & Exmoor


MODE OF OPERATION


The event is run on open roads with no road closures in operation. Groups of fifty riders are set off at 2 min intervals from Somerton, starting at 8.00 am each morning. The riders soon spread out after the first climb from Somerton but there will be a steady stream of riders and small groups throughout the route which will slow traffic. Based on historical evidence we expect minimal disruption to other road users and local residents. The majority of Cyclists will travel at an average of 16 or 17 miles per hour which means that even if other road users are behind a group of riders there will be very little increase in journey time given the nature of the rural roads and the 30 or 20 mile per hour speed limits in the majority of villages.


The list of Parishes through which the routes pass is attached to this document along with a map. Details of the event and the route have been previously been forwarded to the relevant Highway authorities and Constabularies.


Should you have any further questions please do contact us.


OFFICIAL CHARITY


The Official fundraising Charity partner is the Rotary Club which supports local projects as well as a leading Charity each year. Past recipients have included Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, Whizz Kids, World Bicycle Relief and Clic Sargent. For any Villages that would like to get involved with the event in the future or have a particular project that our Rotary Club fundraising could assist with please do get in contact


Yours sincerely from the Tour of Wessex Team


Tel: 0196334125


Email: info@pendragon-sports.com


Website: www.tourofwessex.com


The times marked in grey will be the busiest period when the majority of cyclists wil pass