2014 Friends Life Tour of Britain – Stage 6 Chilterns

Thanks to all of you for coming out to make it the great day it was!

This page (before the event) told you everything you needed to know about stage 6 of the Friends Life Tour of Britain including the full route, how to get there, what to see and do, events taking place on the day and over the weekend and much, much more. It is safe to say it was a great day. Superb crowds and great racing. We can be proud of ourselves.

Friday 12th September Stage 6 – Bath to Hemel Hempstead

Stage 6 Profile and Route Info

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**IMPORTANT RACE DAY INFO – ROAD CLOSURES**
The Tour operates a rolling road closure system. Sections of the route will be closed for 20-30 minutes at a time to allow the race and following vehicles to pass through safely. A full road closure will be in place on certain roads in Hemel Hempstead around the finish. Please see Dacorum Borough Council website for more details.

HOW TO GET TO THE ROUTE

By Bike: Lots of great cycle routes and quiet lanes in the area which will be busier than usual on the day. Beat the traffic by jumping on your bike. We’ve highlighted some routes from major towns to the race route on the map.

By Train: There are over a dozen train stations within 10 miles of the route including: Didcot, Cholsey, Goring, Henley-on-Thames, Chinnor, Princes Risborough, Monks Risborough, Little Kimble, Wendover, Great Missenden, Amersham, Chesham, Berkhamsted, Tring, Hemel Hempstead, Apsley, Harpenden, St Albans, Kings Langley, Saunderton.

These are served by five major train companies – Chiltern Railways, First Great Western, London Midland, London Underground, First Capital Connect – from London Euston (30mins), Marylebone (40mins), London Paddington (1hr), London St. Pancras (30mins), Coventry (1h30), Oxford (1h15), Milton Keynes (25mins), Birmingham (1h30), Aylesbury (20mins).

By Bus: Catching the bus couldn’t be easier and provides hassle free travel to see the Tour of Britain in your area. A lot of the towns and villages along this stage are served by regular buses, to plan a journey call Traveline 0871 200 22 33* or visit www.traveline.org.uk. Many bus operators offer great value group or family tickets, contact your bus operator for more information. (*calls cost 10p per minute plus your standard network rate)

By Car: The Chilterns are easily accessible from the M4, M40, M1 and M25, depending on which bit you’re trying to get to. Obviously the immediate area will be busy on the day and lanes are narrow with an increased number of cyclists – so we suggest parking in an existing car park and riding or walking the rest of the way. Extra parking will be available at the finish in Hemel Hempstead; full details coming soon.

WHERE TO STAY

There are hundreds of accommodation providers in the Chilterns AONB, everything from camp sites and youth hostels to five star hotels and luxury self-catering cabins. More information is available on the Visit Chilterns website or partner websites of the stage. (Dacorum Look No Further, Visit Buckinghamshire, Visit Oxfordshire)

SPECIAL OFFERS

A number of businesses and accommodation providers in the area are doing special Tour of Britain offers in the lead up to the event including Pendley Manor, Premier Inn, Aubrey Park Hotel, Lovelo Cycle Works, Bridgman Cycles and Tring Brewery. View details using the icons on our interactive map above or more details are on the Dacorum Look No Further website.

WHAT TO DO

As well as the many things to see and do in the Chilterns, there will be extra events taking place on the day of the Tour and also over the weekend.

Friday 12th September
Hemel Hempstead – Gadebridge Park Finish Venue, 12-6pm

  • Cycle Chilterns Shoretrax MTB track for adults and children
  • CTC stand and competitions
  • CTC adapted bikes and inclusive cycling sessions
  • Toddler Balance Bike Time Trial
  • Cycling activities for kids (tbc)
  • Children’s funfair
  • Stalls and food and drink
  • Big screens to watch 3 hours of live action

Chesham – Lowndes Park, 12-4.30pm

  • Rollapaluza sponsored by Cycle Chilterns
  • Dr Bike by Bicycle Workshop sponsored by Cycle Chilterns
  • Electric bike to try (Cycle Chilterns Bike Hub)
  • GLL spinning sessions
  • Mountain bike skills
  • Bike security marking

Activities will also be taking place in Princes Risborough, including a bike smoothie maker and Dr Bike.

Saturday 13th September
There are lots of cycling groups in the area that run regular Saturday morning rides and would be more than happy to welcome some guest riders for the day – everything from Tea Shop Rides to Club Runs. Check out our Local Cycling Groups article for details.

Princes Risborough – Risborough Springs Open Day/Summit MTB Club taster sessions; Breeze ride on the Phoenix Trail (all tbc)

Or something non-cycling: official Roald Dahl Day at the Museum in Great Missenden, grassroots music at BerkoFest, relax on one of the Ashridge Walks, free access to many different venues as part of the nationwide Heritage Open Days (across the Chilterns), enjoy a traditional country show at Henley Show, raise some money on The Churches Stride and Ride, attend one of the many events in South Oxfordshire including the family-fun festival Blewfest.

Sunday 14th September

Chilterns Countryside and Food Festival, Ashridge Estate 10am-4pm

  • Free Cyclists Breakfasts
  • Free Shoretrax MTB track
  • Toddler Time Trial with The Little Bike Co

Cycle Chilterns will be organising a free Cyclists Breakfast for riders that arrive at the festival by bike, plus we’ll have the Shoretrax track, electric bikes to try, competitions, freebies and more. The Little Bike Co will also be organising a Toddler Time Trial around our Shoretrax track to win a balance bike.

South Herts CTC also have a club ride on Sunday morning starting at 9am from St Albans. Full details are on the South Herts CTC website

Sunday 14th September – 6th October

North Chiltern Trail Festival
A programme of guided bike rides, walks and introductory sessions run by the Chiltern Society to celebrate the launch of the new North Chilterns Trail — a 42 mile circular waymarked walking route. Full details are on the Chiltern Society website.


Find out more information on the Tour of Britain website

Related article: Tour of Britain comes to the Chilterns


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