OVO Energy Tour of Britain cycle race

Stage 8 Saturday 14 September 2019

Britain's biggest professional cycle race returns to Greater Manchester for the first time in 15 years on Saturday 14 September, as all 10 Greater Manchester boroughs feature in Stage 8, the final phase of the cycle race.   

The final day of racing will see the peloton (group of cyclists) taking on a 165-kilometre route starting in Altrincham.  Far from being a ceremonial end to the tour, stage eight embraces almost 2,000m of climbing, including the famous 'King of the Mountain' ascent at Rawson's Rake in Ramsbottom, before finishing at Deansgate in Manchester city centre.

This year's OVO Energy Tour of Britain will be the first stage of the Tour of Britain to finish in Manchester, home of British Cycling, since the opening leg of the first modern tour in 2004.

About the route through Ramsbottom

On Saturday 14 September, the Tour of Britain cycle race is expected to enter the township of Ramsbottom shortly after 1pm.  After going through Edenfield from Rochdale, the Tour will travel south along the A56 (Whalley Road) and then via a fast decent down Peel Brow it will travel through Ramsbottom town centre along Bridge Street.  Next cyclists will climb Rawson's Rake for the King of the Mountain challenge and then travel down Lumb Carr Road (fast descent). The Tour will head off through Hawkshaw village and depart the borough towards Edgworth, Bolton.  The route through Ramsbottom and out through Hawkshaw will take approximately 20 minutes.  

How to get here

Spectators are encouraged to make use of public transport or active travel wherever possible. 

By public transport

Direct Metrolink Tram and bus services link Manchester City centre to the Interchange in the centre of Bury. There are numerous high speed train links to Manchester from most parts of the UK where direct links to Bury via Metrolink completes the journey.  The East Lancashire Railway links Bury with Ramsbottom, Rawtenstall and Heywood on weekends and Bank Holidays. throughout the year.

By Car

Bury is just 8 miles (13Km) from Manchester city centre with direct links to and from the M60 and M66 (take J2 Bury) providing easy access to the rest of Greater Manchester and the North West.

Viewing points

People can watch this event from anywhere along the route.  Spectators are encouraged to come out and line the route to cheer on the cyclists as they make their way through the borough. Key viewing points include: 

  • Along Whalley Road, Ramsbottom
  • Ramsbottom town centre
  • Rawson's Rake, Holcombe Village
  • Junction at Pot Green/Hare and Hounds Public House
  • Hawkshaw Village

Temporary road closures and parking restrictions 

To enable the safe holding of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain cycle race temporary road closures and parking restrictions will be in place along the route. Details are provided below.

Residents and businesses along the route will receive an pdf icon information leaflet from Tour of Britain [744kb] and a pdf icon letter from Bury Council [69kb].

Temporary road closures

All road closures will be short-term so there will be no traffic diversions.  Most road closures will be rolling road closures apart from at Carr Street, Tanners Street and Rawson's Rake where there will be a full short-term closure to allow for the King of the Mountain Challenge.  

Each rolling road closure will start approximately 5-10 minutes prior to the arrival of the Tour and is expected to last for approximately 10-15 minutes.

The full closure at Carr Street, Tanners Street and Rawson's Rake will be in place from 12 Noon until approximately 2pm.

List of roads 

Road:  A56 Whalley Road, Ramsbottom (rolling closure)
Length:  From it's merging with A56 Bury Road, Rossendale borough boundary to its junction with Peel Brow
Direction:  Both sides
Duration:  Approximately 15-20 minutes

Road:  Peel Brow, Ramsbottom (rolling closure)
Length:  From its junction with A56 Whalley Road to its merging with Bridge Street
Direction:  Both sides
Duration:  Approximately 15-20 minutes

Road:  Bridge Street, Ramsbottom (rolling closure)
Length:  From it's merging with Peel Brow to its junction with Ramsbottom Lane/Bolton Street
Direction:  Both sides
Duration:  Approximately 15-20 minutes

Road: Carr Street, Ramsbottom (full closure)
Length:  From its junction with Ramsbottom Lane/Bolton Street to its junction with Tanners Street
Direction:  Both sides
Duration:  12 noon to 2pm

Road:  Tanners Street, Ramsbottom (full clsoure)
Length:  From its junction with Carr Street to its junction with Rawson's Rake
Direction:  Both sides
Duration:  12 noon to 2pm

Road:  Rawson's Rake, Ramsbottom (full closure)
Length:  From its junction with Tanners Street to its merging with The Rake
Direction:  Both sides
Duration:  12 noon to 2 pm

Road:  The Rake, Ramsbottom (full clsoure)
Length:  From its merging with Rawson's Rake to its merging with Chapel Lane
Direction:  Both sides
Duration:  12 noon to 2pm

Road:  Chapel Lane, Ramsbottom (full closure)
Length:  From its merging with The Rake to its junction with B6214 Lumb Carr Road/Helmshore Road
Direction:  Both sides
Duration:  12 noon to 2pm

Road:  B6214 Lumb Carr Road/Helmshore Road, Ramsbottom (rolling closure)
Length:  From its junction with Chapel Lane to its junction with A676 Bolton Road West
Direction:  Both sides
Duration:  Approximately 15-20 minutes

Road:  A676 Bolton Road West, Ramsbottom (rolling closure)
Length:  From its junction with B6214 Lumb Carr Road to its merging with A676 Bolton Road, Hawkshaw, Bury
Direction:  Both sides
Duration:  Approximately 15-20 minutes

Road:  A676 Bolton Road, Hawkshaw, Bury (rolling closure)
Length:  From its merging with A676 Bolton Road West to its merging  with A676 Ramsbottom Road , Tottington, Bury
Direction:  Both sides
Duration:  Approximately 15-20 minutes

Road:  A676 Ramsbottom  Road, Tottington,  Bury (rolling closure)
Length:  From its merging with A676 Bolton Road to its merging with the Bury/Bolton boundary
Direction:  Both sides
Duration:  Approximately 15-20 minutes

Temporary parking restrictions 

Temporary parking restrictions will be in place from 10am until 4pm along the full length of the route through the Borough of Bury.   .    

List of roads

Road:  A56 Whalley Road, Ramsbottom
Length:  From its merging with A56 Bury Road, Rossendale borough boundary to its junction with Peel Brow
Direction:  Easterly side
Duration:  10am to 4pm

Road:  Peel Brow, Ramsbottom
Length:  From its junction with A56 Whalley Road to its merging with Bridge Street
Direction:  Both sides
Duration:  10am to 4pm

Road:  Bridge Street, Ramsbottom
Length: From its merging with Peel Brow to its junction with Ramsbottom Lane/Bolton Street
Direction:  Both sides
Duration:  10am to 4pm

Road:  Carr Street, Ramsbottom
Length:  From its junction with Ramsbottom Lane/Bolton Street to Its junction with Tanners Street
Direction:  Both sides
Duration:  10am to 4pm

Road:  Tanners Street, Ramsbottom
Length:  From its junction with Carr Street to Its junction with Rawson's Rake
Direction:  Both sides
Duration:  10am to 4pm

Road:  Rawson's Rake, Ramsbottom
Length: From its junction with Tanners Street to its merging with The Rake
Direction: Both sides
Duration:  10am to 4pm

Road:  The Rake, Ramsbottom
Length:  From its merging with Rawson's Rake to its merging with Chapel Lane
Direction: Both sides
Duration:  10am to 4pm

Road:  Chapel Lane, Ramsbottom
Length:  From its merging with The Rake to its junction with B6214 Lumb Carr Road/Helmshore Road
Direction:  Both sides
Duration:  10am to 4pm

Road:  B6214 Lumb Carr Road/Helmshore Road, Ramsbottom
Length:  From its junction with Chapel Lane to its junction with A676 Bolton Road West
Direction:  Both sides
Duration:  10am to 4pm

Road:  A676 Bolton Road West, Ramsbottom
Length: From its junction with B6214 Lumb Carr Road to its merging with A676 Bolton Road, Hawkshaw, Bury
Direction:  Both sides
Duration:  10am to 4pm

Road: A676 Bolton Road, Hawkshaw, Bury
Length:  From its merging with A676 Bolton Road West to its merging with A676 Ramsbottom Road, Tottington, Bury
Direction:  Both sides
Duration:  10am to 4pm

Road:  A676 Ramsbottom Road, Tottington, Bury
Length:  From Its merging with A676 Bolton Road, Hawkshaw, Bury to its merging with the Bury/ Bolton boundary
Direction: Both sides
Duration:  10am to 4pm

About the route across Greater Manchester

More information about the Greater Manchester Stage 8 route, including the full route and Stage 8 timetable, is available at the Tour of Britain website. 

What's on in Bury

As well as the chance to witness the Tour as it passes through, there's lots going on in and around Ramsbottom before, during and afterwards. 

People can hop aboard the East Lncashire Heritage Railway, expereince everything that Ramsbottom town centre has to offer, or simply enjoy the splendid views from the top of Holcombe Hill.   See visitbury.com to search for things to do, shopping, food and drink and visitor information. 

Cmmunity events on Saturday 14 September 2019

At Ramsbottom Pool & Fitness Centre BL9 OPT (on the playing field behind the centre)

  • FREE family cycling fun day
  • Roch Valley Radio DJ
  • Balance Bikes cycling activity for children aged 2-5 years
  • Pump Track cycling activity for children aged 6 and upwards
  • Static Cycle Challenge for children aged 12 years and upwards
  • Bury Tandem Cycling Club expo
  • Local information stalls
  • For more information search Bury Leisure events on facebook

At The Shoulder of Mutton, Lumb Carr Road BL8 4LZ

  • Music, BBQ and outside bar for drinks and snacks
  • Bury Clarion Cycling Club,
  • Bury Clarion Bullets Go Ride Juniors
  • HSBC UK Breeze Women's cycling expo
  • Pub also open - spectators welcome to use the facilities

Tour of Britain Treasure Trail

  • Find all 7 decorated bikes positioned between the East Lancs Railway Ramsbottom Station and the Tilted Vase
  • Add up the numbers to rdiscover the average speed of the cyclists along the ToB route. 
  • Take a selfie with one of the decorated bikes
  • Collect your prize at Ramsbottom Leisure Centre

East Lancashire Heritage Railway

The East Lancashire Railway will be cleebrating the Tour of Britain in style. 

  • Ramsbottom Station will be decorated with Union flags, red, white and blue bunting and flowers.
  • A steam train will be waiting in Ramsbottom Station when the cyclists go over the crossing.
  • Entertainment from Ramsbottom Learning Centre's sax and rock bands