People in Norfolk are being reminded of the road route and timings that the Tour of Britain cycle race will take through the county on Sunday.

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The annual professional cycling race will return to the county for the third year running this weekend with the opening stage of the event.

This year’s event will include a stellar line up including see current world cycling road race champion Mark Cavendish and Tour de France winner and Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins.

Riders follow a route from Ipswich and head through Woodbridge and Leiston before passing through Reydon and Lowestoft.

They will then head on towards Great Yarmouth, Filby, Potter Heigham, Hoveton, Coltishall, Reepham, Swanton Morley, Dereham, Mattishall, East Tuddenham, Colton and Easton before finishing at the Norfolk Showground at Costessey, which is hosting the Norfolk Food and Drink Festival.

Spectators are being asked to think about walking, cycling or taking public transport to watch the annual professional cycling race where possible.

If driving is the only option available, people are being asked to consider car sharing with friends and family - particularly if heading to the Tour of Britain finish event at the Norfolk Showground.

Parking is available from 9.30am, with free family fun day activities running from 11am to 4pm, with the race expected to finish between 2.45pm and 3.15pm.

The free event includes a food and drinks fair as part of the Norfolk Food and Drink Festival.

The Tour of Britain operates rolling road closures along the route.

On the day, roads and junctions will be closed only for the time needed for the first and last race cyclists and their support vehicles to pass, not for the full duration of the event itself. This will be enforced by police motorcyclists.

The route through Norfolk (with timings) is as follows (based on riders cycling at 46km speed):

Borough of Great Yarmouth

A143 Beccles Road into Bradwell 12:30

Mill Lane through Bradwell 12:32

Gapton Hall Road 12:34

Pasteur Road 12:36

Bridge Road 12:37

South Quay 12:38

Queens Road 12:39

South Beach Parade 12:40

Marine Drive 12:40

Euston Road 12:41

North Drive 12:41

Jelicoe Road (direction Caister) 12:44

A149 (direction Caister) 12:45

Caister By-pass 12:46

Norwich Road (direction Norwich) 12:49

A1064 Main Road (direction Acle) 12:50

Through Filby 12:52

Toward Fleggburgh 12:56

Tower Road (direction Rollesby) 12:56

Rollesby Road (direction Rollesby) (13:32 / 13:15) 12:58

Repps Road 13:00

B1152 Mill Road 13:01

Repps with Bastwick 13:03

A149 High Road 13:03

Into Potter Heigham 13:06

A1062 Ludham Road (direction Wroxham) 13:06

Toward Ludham on the A1062 13:09

A1062 Norwich Road 13:09

Johnson Street 13:12

A1062 through upper Horning 13:14

Still on the A1062 through Hoveton 13:21

B1354 through Coltishall 13:25

High Street (direction Norwich) 13:27

Horstead 13:27

Rectory Road 13:28

B1354 13:30

B1354 Old Church Road 13:32

A140 (direction Aylsham) 13:35

Serpentine Lane 13:35

Shorthorn Road 13:37

Haveringland Road (direction Swannington) 13:41

Norwich Road 13:48

Heading left through Booton

Norwich Road (direction Reepham) 13:53

Reepham 13:53

Norwich Road then Dereham Road through Reepham

B1145 Norwich Road through Bawdeswell 14:00

Fakenham Road (direction Fakenham) 14:02

Dereham Road (direction Dereham) 14:03

B1147 through Swanton Morley 14:09

Swanton Road

Heading into Dereham

Theatre Street 14:15

Norwich Street then Norwich Road 14:16

Mattishall Road 14:19

Stone Road

Dereham Road 14:23

Mattishall 14:24

East Tuddenham 14:29

Common Road 14:29

Honingham Road (direction Barnham Broom) 14:32

Church Lane

The Street Colton 14:37

Norwich Road (direction Easton) 14:37

Dereham Road 14:41

Norfolk Showground entrance 14:44

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