THE sunshine has returned for the UK's biggest professional cycle race which will pass through the Cotswold District this weekend.

Tour of Britain returns to the district after the cancellation of last year's race due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

It is a thrilling multi-stage cycling event where participants cycle across Great Britain to complete the race in the fastest time. 

The seventh and penultimate stage of this year’s race is taking place this Saturday (September 9) from Tewkesbury and Gloucester, with riders set to pass through Cirencester and Tetbury along the 170.9km route.

The seventh stage will commence at Church Street in Tewkesbury on Saturday at 11am and is estimated to finish at Southgate Street in Gloucester between 2.54pm and 3.43pm.

Riders are expected to pass through Cirencester at around 12.30pm and reach Tetbury at around 1.04pm.

Depending on conditions and the speed of the race, the actual times could be up to 10-15 minutes earlier or later. 

Wiltshire Times: Tour of Britain route through Cirencester Tour of Britain route through Cirencester (Image: Tour of Britain)

Participants will enter Cirencester through The Whiteway up until the rugby club and then will turn down Grove Lane.

They will then cycle down London Road, Lewis Lane and Querns Lane before turning left at Sheep Street.

Cyclist will then follow the street onto Someford Road and once they get to the junction will turn right onto Chesterton Lane until they get to A429 where the cyclists will leave the Cotswold capital through the A419 Stroud Road.

Wiltshire Times: Tour of Britain route through TetburyTour of Britain route through Tetbury (Image: Tour of Britain)

Later on in the day, cyclists will enter Tetbury through the B4014 road, go down Hampton Street until they get to Top Banana Antiques where they will leave the town through New Church Street on the A4135.

Most of the race will operate a rolling road closure, meaning roads will only be closed for around 30 minutes while the race passes through.

Road closures will be in operation at the start in Tewkesbury and the finish in Gloucester.

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