Wirral will host both the start and finish of stage five of Britain’s biggest professional cycle race, the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, on Wednesday 11 September.
In just over 1 weeks’ time Birkenhead Park will welcome the world’s top riders for a spectacular, fan friendly day of racing.
Stage five will start and finish in the park, a location synonymous with the domestic cycling scene in the North West for a number of years.
The route will also pass through the finish line within the park before completing a lap of Birkenhead and Wallasey, giving spectators three chances to see the race in action, while also having the opportunity to follow flag-to-flag coverage throughout the day on big screens within the Tour Village.
This 174-kilometre (108-mile) stage will help celebrate the Wirral’s year as the Liverpool City Region’s Borough of Culture, showcasing the area’s history, heritage and beautiful coastlines. Riders will leave Wirral via the historic Port Sunlight and race through Cheshire West and Chester, including passing the Airbus UK manufacturing facility at Broughton.
Riders will return to Wirral racing through Heswall, Caldy and Hoylake before passing through the Birkenhead Park finish line and taking in a loop through Seacombe, Wallasey and New Brighton.
Stage five will feature three intermediate Eisberg sprints, sponsored by the UK’s number one alcohol-free wine brand Eisberg, at Heswall, Hoylake and Birkenhead Park. The day’s three SKODA King of the Mountains climbs come at Kelsall in Cheshire, before the short ascent of Flaybrick Hill in Birkenhead is tackled twice during the race finale.