Tavistock prepares to welcome Tour of Britain riders next Monday (September 6) during the Devon stage of the UK’s premier cycle race but spectators are being warned to get there early so they don’t miss the action.

The town is hosting one of three intermediate sprints during the Devon stage (others are in Kingsbridge and Torcross.)

By the time the race reaches Tavistock, we may see a small group of riders who have accelerated away from the main field â?? a breakaway â?? or the race could arrive in one large group â?? the pelaton â?? because out on the road there is potential for lots to happen.

The cyclists will head into town along the A386 from Yelverton, race along Plymouth Road turning right over Abbey Bridge, along Dolvin Road and up Mount Tavy Road towards Dartmoor.

The sprint takes place along Plymouth Road and there are points to be won and time bonuses for the first few riders to cross the finish. The action is fast and frantic. Then the riders will have to check their speed to negotiate the roundabout by Bedford Square before crossing Abbey Bridge.

It is anticipated the advance police motorbike escort managing the race and road closures to arrive in Tavistock early afternoon at around 1.55pm and the riders should pass through at 2.08pm. Signs have been erected warning motorists that there are likely to be delays between 1.45pm and 4pm

Spectators are strongly advised to be at the roadside between 30 minutes and one hour before the race is due to pass through.

Alongside music, face painting, food and craft stalls on Bedford Square from 11am-3pm and you can take up the challenge of Tavistock Cycling Club’s static turbo challenge!

Tavistock BID which has been organising the town events said: ’Get into town early, soak up all that Tavistock has to offer and enjoy the moment as you cheer on the riders.

Stalls include: Papercutz Glass Designs by Sheena; Olive Branch Gifts; Kings Orchard; Monarch Liqueurs; Parkwood Crafts; Logi Bear Bunting with food from Mime Café and Eversfield.

Chris Palmer, Chairman of Tavistock BID said: ’With thousands of new people and families taking up cycling in the UK, this is an unmissable opportunity to see some of the world’s greatest riders up close. They will flash past you in a blaze of colour and speed. It’s an amazing experience and a great way to spend the day!’

After Tavistock, cyclists will head towards Princetown for the King of the Mountains climbs at Rundlestone (approx 2.10pm) and the Warren House Inn, Mortonhampstead (approx 2.39). Cyclists are expected to complete the Devon leg from Sherford to Exeter around 3.40pm.

See pages 34 and 35 for more about the Tour of Britain and competitors.