Wirral will host Stage Five of Britain’s biggest professional cycle race, the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, on Wednesday 11 September.
In just 100 days, Stage Five will start and finish in Birkenhead Park, hosting the world’s top cyclists for a spectacular, fan friendly day of racing.
Councillor Christine Spriggs, Cabinet Member for Culture and Tourism at Wirral Council said,
“This year Wirral is the Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture. We’ve got a hugely exciting programme of events lined up, and the OVO Energy Tour of Britain is the jewel in our crown.
“It was only last week we welcomed more than 10,000 cycling fans to Hamilton Square for a fantastic Tour Series event. I hope everyone who enjoyed that event, and thousands more, get down to Birkenhead Park in September for another not-to-be missed event. It’s such an exciting time for our borough and we can’t wait to welcome the world’s best cyclists to Birkenhead Park.”
Wirral holds 2019’s Borough of Culture title, which is awarded annually on a rotational basis to one of the six local authorities that make up the city region, as part of the Combined Authority’s 1% for Culture programme.
This means that Liverpool City Region currently uses the equivalent of 1% of its £30 million annual devolution funding on utilising many of the region’s existing assets and talent to stimulate cultural and creative opportunities.
The 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.
The route will leave Wirral passing through the historic Port Sunlight and race through Cheshire West and Chester including passing the Airbus UK manufacturing facility at Broughton.
The route 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.