Tour of Britain cyclist Simon Richardson has declared this year’s race won’t be “anything less than spectacular”.
Richardson and Dan Craven will be in the Kingston-based Team IG Sigma Sport that will take on Olympic golden boy Bradley Wiggins and world champion Mark Cavendish.
Both are expecting huge crowds to line the route as spectators flock to salute the Team Sky big guns and cheer on a host of other elite teams.
The eight-day race culminates in a final stage through Surrey on 16 September, starting in Reigate and finishing in Guildford.
It will mark Wiggins’ first competitive return to the county since he won gold in the Olympic time trial earlier in the summer following his Tour de France triumph. It is also set to be the last time Cavendish rides a major race before he defends his world title in Holland.
Richardson said of the race: “This year with Bradley Wiggins being Tour de France champion and Mark Cavendish being world champion, I can’t imagine it ‘s going to be anything less than spectacular.”
Craven said: “Racing on a British team the Tour of Britain is always a highlight of the season. Everyone is really quite excited and looking forward to a chance to get out there on the roads of Britain and rip it up.
“The fact the last stage here in Surrey goes all around the area so the crowd will be able to see the riders more than once which is fantastic for the crowds, which will give even more reason to come out.”
Helyn Clack, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games, said: “It’s going to be thrilling to watch elite cycling on our doorsteps again for free.
“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.”
To ensure people have all the information they need to make the most of the race and prepare for any disruption, the 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.
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.
Estimated times for when the riders will pass through each area are available on www.gosurrey.info.
Media requriring more information can contact Jacob Leverett in Surrey County Council’s media relations team on 02085 419 419 or Jacob.Leverett@surreycc.gov.uk