WREXHAM and Flintshire are gearing up for a world-class cycle race passing through the region tomorrow.
The Tour of Britain will arrive in Wrexham county at around midday before arriving in Flintshire at around 12.45pm.
It will form a key part of stage four of the week-long event, which began at Peebles in the Scottish Highlands and finishes at Whitehall in London, on Sunday.
The 1,600km race features stars of British cycling Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, and famous world riders including Tour de France runner-up Nairo Quintana.
Wrexham rider Rob Partridge will also be competing, who hails from Cymau.
The event tomorrow will pass through main roads and smaller streets in a range of towns and villages including Bangor-on-Dee, Wrexham, Llay, Cefn-y-Bedd, Caergwrle, Pontblyddyn and Mold.
Marchwiel will also host the first sprint of the stage where Cavendish is likely to go all out for the points victory in search of the sprinters jersey. Spectators wishing to view this sprint are advised to watch from near the Red Lion pub between 12.29pm and 12.49pm.
Tour PR manager Peter Hodges said: “We’re working in partnership with all of the North Wales local authorities, so we wanted the race to pass through each of Wrexham, Flintshire, Denbighshire, Conwy and Gwynedd, with Anglesey also involved although not able to have the race this year.
“With start in Stoke-on-Trent, it made sense to come through the heart of Wrexham. It’s a major town in North Wales and enables us to showcase the event to the maximum number of people.
“I think the highlight for people will be the chance to see the world’s top riders racing through the heart of Wrexham, including some Welsh heroes such as local rider Rob Partridge of Team UK Youth.
“We’ve never passed through Wrexham before, or visited North Wales before, in our 10 years so it’s all a first.”
The race zips through the centre of Wrexham in the 12.33pm to 12.55pm window and spectators are being asked to be in place by 12.30pm at the latest.
Roads will close about 10-15 minutes ahead of the first rider and a forward announcers vehicle will advise spectators of the state of the race. After the race has passed through, people can watch the rest of the stage on ITV4.
A rolling road closure strategy will minimise traffic disruption.
A Wrexham Council spokesman said: “The route will not be closed to traffic for the whole of the time.
“A police escort will precede the bikes to clear the way and a second group of police outriders will follow along behind the bikes, to hold back the traffic.
“The bikes are likely to be travelling at approximately 23mph so the traffic will be able to follow on behind them. This method of closure is being used in order to minimise disruption to traffic.”
List of timings for Wrexham and Flintshire (based on estimated lead group arrival times)
l Whitchurch 11.59am
l A525 Bangor-on-Dee – 12.23pm
l Marchwiel – 12.28pm
l Wrexham – Salop Road, St Giles Way, Brook Street – 12.30pm-12.39pm
l Bradley Road, Rhosrobin and Llay – 12.40pm-12.43pm
l Cefn-y-bedd, Abermoddu and Caergwrle – 12.45pm-12.50pm
l Pontblyddyn – 12.52pm
l Mold – 12.58pm