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Bradley Wiggins to compete in Tour of Britain – newsletters to help Surrey prepare

Bradley Wiggins races through Surrey on his way to a gold medal during the Olympic Games.

Bradley Wiggins is due to return to Surrey in just a few weeks for the final stage of the nation’s biggest cycling race, the Tour of Britain.

The four-time Olympic gold medallist has announced he will compete in the eight-stage Tour which culminates in Surrey on September 16.

To ensure people have all the information they need to make the most of the race and prepare for any disruption, Surrey County Council has sent newsletters to residents and businesses on the route.

The leaflets include detailed information about road closures, parking restrictions, maps and tips for how people can plan ahead and enjoy the action on Sunday 16 September.

Helyn Clack, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games, said: “It’s been the ultimate summer for British cycling and hosting the final stage of the Tour of Britain will build on Surrey’s Olympic success.

“We brought the race here because it will boost the economy by as much as £2.5 million, strengthen the county’s reputation as a world class cycling destination and inspire even more people to try out the sport. It’s going to be thrilling to watch elite cycling on our doorsteps again for free.”

Unlike the Olympic races where all roads on the route were closed from early in the morning, for the Tour of Britain most roads will only be closed for a short time just before the cyclists come through and will open again once the last support vehicle passes through.

However, some roads will be closed for longer around the start and finish lines in Reigate and Guildford as well as West Street in Dorking and Barhatch Road in Cranleigh. Parking restrictions will also be in place.

Starting in Reigate, the Surrey stage will see riders pass through Guildford early in the race before returning for the finish. Dorking, Shere, Mayford, West Horsley, Ockley, Cranleigh, Dunsfold, Witley and Bramley are among other towns and villages on the route.

Estimated times for when the riders will pass through each area are available on www.gosurrey.info.

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Media requiring more information can contact Surrey County Council senior media relations officer James Oxley on 0208 541 7259.

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