Altrincham is gearing up to host the start of the Tour of Britain cycling race and this week organisers have revealed the best places to watch the world-class cyclists set off as they compete for the title.

The Grand Depart is beginning in the town at 11.45am on Sunday, September 3 and the cyclists will then head to Hale on the first stage of the race around Greater Manchester.

Viewing areas in Kingsway, Stamford Street, Stamford New Road, Railway Street, Ashley Road (Altrincham/Hale) and Victoria Road have been recommended as the top spots to watch the race.

There will also be activities for spectators, including free bike repairs, bike smoothies, and pop-up bike trials.

Cllr Cath Hynes, Trafford Council’s executive member for leisure, arts, culture, and heritage, said: “I’m so excited that yet another world class sport is taking place on our doorstep.

“We’re expecting people will be out in force to watch the start of the Tour of Britain and they’ll be able to see Altrincham at its best.

“Altrincham is a fantastic mix of specialist shops, independent eateries and cultural delights and will be the perfect host for the Tour of Britain.”

Several road closures will in place around the town centre, with some roads closed from 6pm on Saturday, September 2.

There will also be parking suspensions in key locations to allow for the race to be set up. In certain locations, access will still be enabled for residents.

Recommended viewing areas

  • Kingsway
  • Stamford Street
  • Stamford New Road
  • Railway Street
  • Ashley Road (Altrincham/Hale)
  • Victoria Road

 List of road closures on Sunday, September 3

Regent Road (Market Street to A56), closed from 5am to 12.30pm.

Greenwood Street, Shaw’s Road, Central Way, closed from 10am as per market day closures.

Groby Road closed from 5am to 12.30pm.

Market Street (Regent Road Junction to High Street) closed from 4am to 3pm.

Market Street (High Street Junction to A56) closed from 4am to 1pm.

High Street closed from 5am to 1.30pm. Access to/from multi-storey permitted before 10am.

Kingsway closed from 11.35am to 12pm.

A56 (Old Market Place) closed from 11.35am to 12pm.

Victoria Street closed from 11.35am to 12pm.

Stamford Street closed from 11.35am to 12pm.

Stamford New Road closed from 11.35am to 12pm.

Cross Street closed from 11.35am to 12.30pm.

The Causeway closed from 10am to 1pm.

For more information go to the Trafford Council website.