Where to watch the Tour of Britain as the riders race through Fakenham and Reepham.

The Tour of Britain 2011 cycle race passing through Reepham.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

The Tour of Britain 2011 cycle race passing through Reepham.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: © ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC

Where's the best place to see the Tour of Britain – and which roads will be closed when?


With less than a month until the Tour of Britain returns to our races, the countdown has truly begun. In the first of a series of features looking at where to see all of the action, we look at the route between Fakenham and Reepham.

The race's penultimate stage sets off from Fakenham on Saturday, September 12. The route will see riders pass through the town centre, before heading for Ipswich, via Reepham, Aylsham and Norwich.

After setting off from the racecourse at 10am, riders will travel into Fakenham along the Hempton Road and Bridge Street, before turning into Norwich Street and Holt Road.

Joining the A1067, the race proper begins as riders pass a layby near Guist at 10.15am. The Green at Guist is certain to be a popular vantage point, as riders speed down the hill into the village.

The race then passes through Twyford and Bintree, before turning off the A1067 onto Foxley Road, at Foxley at 10.28am. After heading through the centre of Bawdeswell, riders will then turn onto the B1145 Reepham Road.

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Arriving in Reepham via Dereham Road at 10.38am, the race will pass along Church Hill, Norwich Road, The Moor and New Road, before turning onto the B1145 Cawston Road at 10.40am. Town centre streets offer a host of vantage points.

Riders are expected to reach Cawston at 10.45am, Norwich by about 11.20am and the finishing line in Ipswich by 3.40pm. Rolling road closures operate from about 15 minutes before riders are expected to arrive.

Up to 180,000 spectators lined Norfolk's roads when the tour visited the county in 2012.

Organisers expect a similar turnout next month.

Olympic gold medallist Sir Bradley Wiggins is among those confirmed to be taking part in the prestigious event.

Ben Jones, director of Active Norfolk, said: 'I think the line-up for this year's tour is the strongest it's ever been and people can expect a world-class level of sport.'

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