TOUR OF BRITAIN 2016 – What time are things happening in Macclesfield?
Here is a detailed map of the Cheshire route of Stage 3 of the Tour of Britain.
It all starts in Congleton at 11am, with the peloton making their way west passing through Crewe and Nantwich before looping back on themselves towards Sandbach.
From there is is a weaving route north up towards the first passage of the finish line which will be located in the heart of Tatton Park, where spectators will be able to see the race twice, plus watch the live coverage on a big screen.
After passing the line, riders will start a large loop through Alderley Edge and Prestbury, taking them up into the Peak District, including the ten-kilometre climb of the famous Cat and Fiddle road above Macclesfield, before racing back through Knutsford to the finish line in Tatton Park.
The convoy is expected to arrive in the Macclesfield area from around 1.30pm. Riders will travel from Over Alderley along Macclesfield Road and Chelford Road, through Prestbury village and up through Bollington and Pott Shrigley.
From here riders will head over the tops of the Bakestone Dale Road and are expected to reach Rainow by about 2pm.
Cyclists will then head back down towards Macclesfield, cycle along part of the Silk Road before heading up the Cat and Fiddle at about 2.30pm.
The route then takes riders through Siddington and Chelford, arriving about 3pm, before heading back to the finishing line at Tatton Park.
To minimise disruption all roads on the route will be closed using a rolling road block for around 40 minutes – both 20 minutes before and after the cyclists are expected to pass through each town, and spectators are urged to arrive in plenty of time to avoid the road closures.
- Congleton – 11am
- Rode Heath – 11:30am
- Willaston – 11:58am
- Middlewich – 12:25am
- Knutsford – 13:10pm
- Alderley Edge – 13:30pm
- Cat and Fiddle – 14:10pm
- Gawsworth – 15:04pm
- Tatton Park – FINISH – 15:30pm