Tour of Britain 2017

The penultimate stage of the Tour of Britain cycle race will be rolling into Hemel Hempstead on Saturday 9 September.

Hemel town centre will be buzzing with cyclists and their support teams from 9am. There will be plenty of action in the town centre during the morning as competitors are interviewed on stage, and you can watch all the top teams prepare for the race start.

The Tour of Britain is also being shown live on ITV4, so remember to set your TV to record so you can spot your face in the crowd when you get home later.

The race is scheduled to get under way at 10.30am. After the starting pistol is fired, the professional cyclists will battle their way up the dual carriageway and along Maylands Avenue before sailing down Queensway and winding through Hemel's stunning Old Town High Street.

Once the racers have sped away from the town centre there will still be heaps happening to keep both adults and kids entertained all morning.

What's happening in Hemel town centre?

3sixty bicycle stunt display team

Following the race start the riders from 3sixty will be leaping into action. Walk down to Bridge Street where you will be thrilled as they perform their spectacular stunts and gravity-defying tricks.

Other entertainment

Hemel Storm basketball will be showing off their skills, and you can also take a look at all the fantastic bikes entered into our 'decorate a bike competition', the winners of which will be announced on stage before the race start.

Want to cheer along the route?

If you can't make it to the race start in Hemel Hempstead you can still catch a glimpse of the cyclists as they wind their way through Dacorum's countryside. Take a look at our  Tour of Britain Stage Seven map (PDF 6MB). Or for a more detailed version, please visit the Tour of Britain website.

Road closures

On Saturday 9 September we will be closing Moor End Road, Waterhouse Street, Bridge Street and the Bus Interchange on Marlowes from 12am until 4pm. Buses will be redirected and can be picked up from the old bus station on Waterhouse Street.

Rolling road closures will be in place along the route and are expected to cause a 15-minute delay for traffic in those areas.

For further details, please view the  Tour of Britain 2017 Stage Seven road closure map (PDF 156KB).

Family Fun Day

To celebrate the Tour coming to the borough we will be hosting a cycle-themed Family Fun Day on Tuesday 8 August from 11am to 2pm at the Dacorum Cycle Hub, based at Grovehill and Woodhall Farm Adventure Playground.

On the day we will be running two Bikeability courses, as well as a Go Ride session (suitable for six to 16-year olds wanting to improve their riding, learn new skills and take part in a race). There will also be a free bouncy castle (for ages six and under) and go karts (suitable for those aged six and over). You can pick up a snack or drink at the Cycle Hub cafe, or bring a picnic and a blanket with you.

To book a Bikeability course, please visit the Watford Cycle Hub website. To take part in the Go Ride session, please register at 11am on the day.

We can't wait to see you there!