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Tour of Britain prepares to race through Surrey

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Mark Cavendish wins the Surrey stage of the 2012 Tour of Britain

Surrey residents and businesses are being urged to get ready for the penultimate stage of the 2013 Tour of Britain when top riders like Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish will race past.

With thousands of spectators expected along the 155-kilometre route between Epsom racecourse and Guildford on 21 September, race organisers have sent around 5,000 newsletters to every home and business lining the route giving information on rolling road closures, temporary parking restrictions and public transport access.

The leaflets also include a route map, give businesses tips on attracting more customers and managing deliveries, and tell spectators where you can best watch the race. In addition to the organisers’ leaflets, Surrey County Council has also put up road closure signs so drivers and residents know in advance how to navigate local routes on race day.

Most road closures will last around half an hour, with only a handful closed for longer, including the stage finish in Guildford High Street. As with last year’s event, most roads will be closed just before the cyclists come through and will re-open once the last support vehicle passes.

The Surrey stage will see riders pass through Leatherhead, Dorking, Cranleigh, Shere, Woking, Chobham and Farnham, as well as villages in between. For more information, visit www.gosurrey.info/tourofbritain

Helyn Clack, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, said:

“It’s wonderful to welcome back the cream of British and European cycling to Surrey, which underlines how both last year’s race and the 2012 Olympics have firmly put the county on the cycling map.

“Surrey County Council is working to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum by putting out signposts along the route in advance of the day. We are also pleased that race organisers have leafleted people along the route so they can prepare for the day.”

Olympic road race champion and 2012 Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins and sprint specialist Mark Cavendish have confirmed they will take part in this year’s race, which begins in Scotland on Sunday.

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