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To celebrate the Tour de France passing through our district this month, our latest Business Briefing is a special edition, available now to download for free.

The sporting event will provide a unique opportunity for business owners and shopkeepers alike. Thousands of spectators and tourists are expected to line the streets to catch a glimpse of the excitement as the eyes will focus on Epping Forest for a brief but invaluable time. An illustrated, pull-out route map can be found in this edition of the Briefing, as well as tips on how to make the most of this momentous occasion.

As well as highlights on what’s to come from Le Tour, July’s issue looks at the achievements of the Council’s apprenticeship scheme, which provides crucial opportunities for young people to gain the skills and experience they need to give them a helping hand in kick-starting their careers. In addition, are updates from the Chamber of Commerce, Town Centre Initiative Funding, the launch of the Investors in Youth Awards 2014 and more.

Le Tour edition of One Business Briefing (pdf 4.8MB)

 

Businesses prepared for Tour de France

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From Willingale to Buckhurst Hill, local businesses are making final preparations for the arrival of the Tour de France on Monday 7 July 2014.

Months of planning is coming together as businesses large and small put their final arrangements in place. Some of the district’s most picturesque villages and rural communities will become the centre of attention including Willingale, Fyfield and Moreton. From village post offices, pubs and corner shops to farmers fields offering parking and camping, the rural areas of Epping Forest will be buzzing with activity.

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As the Tour reaches North Weald, the crowds of spectators are expected to get very large. Epping Ongar Railway is planning to bring lots of spectators from Ongar to North Weald by steam train. The parking and campervan facilities at North Weald Airfield are sure to bring in more people. In addition to camping and parking, Toll House Field at Woodside, North Weald www.wealdplaceevents.co.uk is also offering secure bicycle parking for the many cycling enthusiasts expected to line the route. Shops in North Weald and Epping are preparing for large crowds.

Visitors can get in to the Tour de France mood early on Sunday 6 July 2014 with a charity cycling event from North Weald Airfield organised by Epping Forest District Council’s chairman, Councillor Tony Boyce, while the annual Epping Town Show and funfair takes place at Stonards Hill.

With High Street parking off-limits on Monday 7 July, Shaftsbury Farm in Lindsey Street, is offering parking just a 10 minute walk from the action in Epping High Street. Parking can also be booked in advance with St John’s School.

Special arrangements to welcome spectators along the Epping New Road are in hand at Miller and Carter by the Wake Arms, The Robin Hood and The Warren Inn in Buckhurst Hill. Staff and customers are planning to celebrate the day in style at Glyn Hopkins Fiat and Nissan dealership in Buckhurst Hill. The ‘bikers’ café loved by motorcyclists, horse riders and walkers at the Robin Hood roundabout will be sure to have hot tea or ice-cold drinks by the gallon depending on the weather.

Town and Parish councils are also making final preparations. Epping Town, North Weald, Fyfield, Moreton, Waltham Abbey, Loughton and Buckhurst Hill are all taking delivery of Tour de France bunting to give the streets a festival feel. Epping Forest District Council has started to decorate the civic offices where the media centre will be based while Epping shops of every size and description are preparing to put on a real show for the day.

Councillor Anne Grigg, portfolio holder for economic development at Epping Forest District Council said: “As we enter the last few days of preparation, you can feel a sense of excitement and anticipation. On 7 July, Epping Forest District will have its own shop-window to the world. Residents and businesses are making their final plans for this once in a life time event. As visitors come to our towns and villages or see Epping Forest for the first time via the estimated 2.2 billion world-wide TV audience, the shops and businesses of Epping Forest are determined to make the day a fantastic success.”

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Civic offices open on Tour de France day

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Although it will be extremely busy on Monday 7 July 2014, with the Le Tour de France coming through the district, the councils civic offices in Epping will be open as normal for business between 9am until 5.15pm.

However, please be patient with our staff as the sheer volume of people using the facilities and services provide could increase.

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There will be no public parking available at the civic offices on Monday 7 July. Only limited parking in the area will be available before 9am on the day, however please ensure that you park in appropriate areas to avoid your vehicle be removed by officials.

The civic offices will also be used on the day, as a dedicated media centre for journalists covering the Le Tour de France in Essex.

The 2014 Tour de France will be the 101st edition. It will start in Leeds, West Yorkshire and will feature a stage finish in London before returning to France.

Le Tour comes to the streets of Essex as part of Stage 3 of the race, coming from Cambridge to London via Essex.

Tour de France Question & Answers – 12 June

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The Tour de France comes to Epping Forest on Monday 7 July 2014.

Residents and business people can find out more about Stage 3 of the Tour de France at Epping Forest District Council.

A team of officers at the Civic Offices in Epping High Street will be available between 6.30pm until 8.30pm on Thursday 12 June 2014 to answer questions about the route and the management of the race.

Tour de France Essex Logo

Cycling is now one of the biggest sports in the UK. Many thousands of enthusiasts are expected to join residents and visitors lining the roads of the District to cheer the riders on. The Tour is completely free to view.

Le Tour information

  • The Tour de France is the world’s third largest sporting event
  • It is customary to start the race outside France and the Grand Depart returns to the UK this year for the first time since 2007
  • Stage 1 and 2 will cover large areas of Yorkshire before the Tour heads south for the start of Stage 3 in Cambridge

Caravane Publicitaire

  • The race will be preceded by a Caravane Publicitaire, a carnival of media and sponsors vehicles full of colour and noise
  • Travelling through Saffron Walden and Finchingfield before skirting Chelmsford and Roxwell, the Caravane is expected to enter Epping Forest District near Willingale at about 12.25pm
  • The race itself is expected about 2 hours later

Festival in your village

  • Villages and towns on the route are planning different ways to welcome the Tour. In France, the Tour is turned into a festival over several days
  • Epping Town Show takes place on Sunday 6 July and the Fun Fair is staying overnight to extend the celebrations into Monday
  • North Weald is expecting day-trippers from Ongar to arrive via steam train on the heritage Epping and Ongar Railway while visitors by car will be able to park at North Weald Airfield
  • Special celebrations are being planned in smaller villages on the route such as Moreton (including extra temporary parking) and Fyfield
  • At Willingale Cricket Club, the organisers of temporary parking are also laying on hot food and drink at the Village Hall
  • People are expected to make their way on foot from as far as Theydon Bois, Waltham Abbey, Loughton and Buckhurst Hill to watch the race which travels through the Forest from the Wake Arms roundabout down the A104 Epping New Road to Woodford

 Epping High Street

  • Epping High Street is expected to draw the biggest crowds, many arriving by train via the Central Line to Epping Underground Station
  • Forklift trucks and delivery vehicles will be working from early in the morning as the race organisers and world’s media prepare for the excitement of the sprint section down the length of the High Street

Road closures

  • Road closures will make travel across the district difficult
  • The route following country lanes north of Ongar and the A414 to the Talbot roundabout at North Weald will be closed from 8am
  • The route south of the Talbot closes at 9am and is not scheduled to reopen until 5pm

Truly amazing

Councillor Chris Whitbread, Leader of Epping Forest District Council said: “7 July is going to be truly amazing. The district has never seen anything like it and might well never do so again.”

“Thousands of residents and visitors are preparing to enjoy the day with family and friends but if you run a business or are a resident with special concerns, the staff at the council will do their best to help you organise yourself around the day. Just pop in to see us between 6.30pm until 8.30pm on 12 June for an informal chat.”

Essex County Council and Epping Forest District Council are working together with many partners including the Tour organisers and Government to raise public awareness. Detailed information is available on a range of websites. Leaflets and letters have been sent out while posters have been distributed to local shops and businesses.

 

Get ready for Le Tour

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The Tour de France comes to Epping Forest on Monday 7 July. Residents and business people can find out more about Stage 3 of the Tour de France at Epping Forest District Council. A team of officers at the Civic Offices in Epping High Street will be available between 6.30pm and 8.30pm on Thursday 12 June to answer questions about the route and the management of the race.

Tour de France Essex Logo

The Tour de France is the world’s third largest sporting event. It is customary to start the race outside France and the Grand Depart returns to the UK this year for the first time since 2007. Stage 1 and 2 will cover large areas of Yorkshire before the Tour heads south for the start of Stage 3 in Cambridge.

The race will be preceded by a Caravane Publicitaire, a carnival of media and sponsors vehicles full of colour and noise. Travelling through Saffron Walden and Finchingfield before skirting Chelmsford and Roxwell, the Caravane is expected to enter Epping Forest District near Willingale at about 12.25pm. The race itself is expected about 2 hours later.

Cycling is now one of the biggest sports in the UK. Many thousands of enthusiasts are expected to join residents and visitors lining the roads of the District to cheer the riders on. The Tour is completely free to view.

Villages and towns on the route are planning different ways to welcome the Tour. In France, the Tour is turned into a festival over several days. Epping Town Show takes place on Sunday 6 July and the Fun Fair is staying overnight to extend the celebrations into Monday. North Weald is expecting day-trippers from Ongar to arrive via steam train on the heritage Epping and Ongar Railway while visitors by car will be able to park at North Weald Airfield. Special celebrations are being planned in smaller villages on the route including Moreton (including extra temporary parking) and Fyfield. At Willingale Cricket Club, the organisers of temporary parking are also laying on hot food and drink at the Village Hall .

People are expected to make their way on foot from as far as Theydon Bois, Waltham Abbey, Loughton and Buckhurst Hill to watch the race which travels through the Forest from the Wake Arms roundabout down the A104 Epping New Road to Woodford.

Epping High Street is expected to draw the biggest crowds, many arriving by train via the Central Line to Epping Underground Station. Forklift trucks and delivery vehicles will be working from early in the morning as the race organisers and world’s media prepare for the excitement of the sprint section down the length of the High Street.

Road closures will make travel across the District difficult. The route following country lanes north of Ongar and the A414 to the Talbot roundabout at North Weald will be closed from 8am. The route south of the Talbot closes at 9am and is not scheduled to reopen until 5pm.

Essex County Council and Epping Forest District Council are working together with many partners including the Tour organisers and Government to raise public awareness. Detailed information is available on a range of websites. Leaflets and letters have been sent out while posters have been distributed to local shops and businesses.

Councillor Chris Whitbread, Leader of Epping Forest District Council said: “7 July is going to be truly amazing. The District has never seen anything like it and might well never do so again. Thousands of residents and visitors are preparing to enjoy the day with family and friends but if you run a business or are a resident with special concerns, the staff at the Council will do their best to help you organise yourself around the day. Just pop in to see us between 6.30pm and 8.30pm on 12 June for an informal chat.”

 

Making the most of Le Tour

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The Tourism Task Force, part of One Epping Forest, is hosting a free seminar to look at how local business can maximise returns from the opportunities offered by Le Tour de France coming through the local area.

The seminar is on Friday 2 May 2014 at 1pm at the Marriott Hotel in Waltham Abbey.

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The special event, sponsored by the Marriott Hotel, will look at the experience of other areas that have hosted the tour, in terms of what works and what doesn’t work, we will hear from the organisers about the arrangements being put in place to host the tour and hear about local businesses that have already taken up the opportunities the tour is bringing.

The event is open to local businesses, including major attractions, pubs, clubs, restaurants, hotels, bed and breakfasts, shops and other businesses thinking of engaging with the tour.

Book your place now

To book a free place, please go to Eventbrite-Le Tour Tickets – please book early to avoid disappointment.

Support our local economy

Councillor Tony Boyce, Chairman of the Tourism Taskforce said: “This is one of the biggest things to happen in the district in a sporting sense for many years. It’s important we give our businesses a chance to come together and see collectively and individually what we can do to ensure we make the most of it and support our local economy.”

Caroline Jenkins, Director of Sales from Waltham Abbey Marriott said: “We are very happy to be associated with this seminar and the work of the Tourism Task Force which is doing a great job in raising the profile of tourism and visitor economy, and co-ordinating the work of the many attractions the district hosts that make it such a great place to come and visit and stay.”

John Price, Chairman of the Epping Forest Chamber of Commerce said: “This is a great event and huge opportunity for the district, attracting tourists, cyclists and sports fans from across the district, country and continent. This seminar can help you to get the most for your business from this once in a lifetime experience.”

Tourism summit

The free seminar follows on from the successful tourism summit organised by the partnership, this saw the establishment of Visit Epping Forest a new task force to lead work on the tourism and visitor economy, new research showing the value of the industry locally in terms of jobs and income – estimated at £200m per year.

In addition, joint marketing of the district by local attractions, and has been undertaking new leaflets and posters produced. The Taskforce is shortly to employ a Tourism Development Manager, with funding from Epping Forest District Council, to lead and support future work.

For more information, please contact John Houston on jhouston@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.

 

Traders decline market offer

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Epping MarketTraders have declined an offer to hold Epping Market in Cottis Lane Car Park when the Tour de France comes to the District on 7 July.

See Epping Town Council website here.

Epping Town Council consulted traders on the temporary relocation of the market for one day after receiving the offer from Epping Forest District Council to make the Pay and Display car park behind Marks and Spencer available on a one-off basis. Councillor Will Breare-Hall, Mayor of Epping Town Council and a member of the District Council Cabinet said: “The Town Council sought permission to move the market to Cottis Lane because we considered it important to support the traders, on what will be one of the busiest days in Epping for many years. However, our consultation with them revealed that they don’t wish us to pursue this option further and we respect their decision.”

Thousands of spectators are expected to throng Epping High Street where the rolling sprint section of  Stage 3 of this Year’s Tour de France takes place. Estimates of up to 20,000 people lining the streets of Epping meant the holding of the market in its usual High Street location would be impossible.

Epping Forest District Council made the offer of Cottis Lane Car Park after establishing that temporary parking facilities will be made available by St John’s School. The District Council will now consider whether Cottis Lane should revert to its normal use or could provide a base for other activities such as a themed continental market.

 

Change to Epping Forest’s Tour de France road closures

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Tour de France LogoIn response to a request from Epping Forest District Council on behalf of local residents, businesses and commuters, a change has been made to planned road closures in Epping District for Stage 3 of the Tour de France on Monday 7 July 2014.

This change recognises the difficulties associated with closing the busy A414 commuter corridor, and is only possible due to the race arriving later in Epping Forest District compared to other host districts on the route.

  • Roads north of the A414 will close at 8am and open at 5pm
  • Roads south of the A414 and including the A414 will close at 9am (previously 8am) and open 5pm

Essex County Councillor Ann Naylor, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “Safety must come first in planning road closures for the Tour de France, but I am pleased this change was possible, making the morning of 7th July a little easier for the residents, businesses and commuters of Epping Forest.”

Further details of the Tour de France route and road closures in Essex, and a comprehensive list of FAQs, are available on the Essex County Council website.

Landmarks on the Tour de France Route through the Epping Forest district

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Tour de France market day offer declined

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Tour de France Essex LogoUpdate – Traders have declined an offer to hold Epping Market in Cottis Lane Car Park when the Tour de France comes to the District on 7 July 2014.

 

Tour de France market day offer

Epping Market looks set to go ahead when the Tour de France comes to Epping on 7 July. There were fears that the thousands of spectators in Epping High Street would make it impossible for the market to go ahead. Epping Town Council had been left with no choice but to cancel the regular High Street event. Now, an offer has been made by Epping Forest District Council to provide an alternative venue at Cottis Lane Car Park.

The announcement came at the meeting of Epping Town Council on Tuesday 25 March where Epping Forest District Council’s Emergency Planning Officer, Peter Charman was giving an update on the latest Tour related developments. The District Council has been working with many partners behind the scenes to ensure market traders don’t lose out. Following news that St John’s School would be able to provide additional parking facilities, senior district councillors agreed that Epping Forest District Council can put the Cottis Lane car park at the disposal of Epping Town Council for the market.

The Tour de FranceEpping Market has a charter going back to medieval times. The deal to use Cottis Lane as a one-off is still subject to detailed discussions but Councillor Chris Whitbread, Leader of Epping Forest District Council is confident the market can now go ahead.

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He said: “Overall, the arrival of the Tour de France in Epping Forest is one of the biggest boosts to the economy we could wish for. It will be a bonanza for High Street shops as thousands of extra visitors arrive early for the Epping Show on Sunday and take up their positions for the sprint on Monday. The problem has always been what to do with the market. It was clear that for health and safety reasons there wasn’t enough room for the anticipated 20,000 spectators and the market in the High Street. Cottis Lane Car Park behind Marks and Spencer’s is only a few seconds walk from the High Street and should make an excellent temporary location for the day.”

Epping MarketCouncillor Whitbread continued: “I agreed the principle with Cabinet Portfolio Holder Councillor Gary Waller and we will now be talking through the details with Epping Town Council.”

The next edition of the District Council magazine, The Forester due out in April, will provide local residents and businesses with more information about the arrival of the Tour. The message to all residents and businesses from the Council is to plan ahead. The Tour enters the District from Chelmsford and will follow country lanes past Willingale, Fyfield and Moreton before crossing the A414 at the Talbot roundabout. The route north of the Talbot will be closed to all other traffic from 8am.

After crossing the A414, the racers will continue through North Weald. The District Council is developing plans to handle many of the expected spectators by opening up North Weald Airfield as a ‘Park and Walk’ facility after persuading the organisers to keep access between the M11 and the airfield open. Limited caravan and campervan facilities will also be available to allow people to stay overnight at the airfield. Additional temporary campsites and car parks are being planned by a number of farmers to cater for visitors along the route.

The route south of the A414 will be closed to all traffic from 9am in another concession by the organisers to Epping Forest District Council. From North Weald, the racers will sprint down Epping High Street, race to the Wake Arms roundabout and then follow the A104 Epping New Road all the way past Loughton and Buckhurst Hill before leaving the District. The Stage finishes on the Mall outside Buckingham Palace.

Councillor Whitbread said: “It is going to be an incredible day. The Tour is one of the World’s greatest sporting events and it is entirely free to watch. There will be a carnival atmosphere unlike anything we have seen since the Olympics. It certainly won’t be business as usual, but by getting into the spirit of the occasion and making plans now, I am confident it will be a terrific boost to the District.”

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The Tour de France is coming to Epping Forest

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On Monday 7 July 2014, Essex will experience another fantastic sporting day and enjoy the spectacle of Le Tour de France.

Le Tour de France logo

An amazing and unforgettable spectacle

The tour takes to the streets of Essex as part of Stage 3 of the race.

It enters the county north of Saffron Walden taking in the quaint villages of Uttlesford including Finchingfield, the most photographed village in England. As riders journey further south, they will pass Braintree, Chelmsford and Epping Forest en route to London.

Essex County Council is working with a range of partners to help deliver the plans for the day. These include experts who were involved in the delivery of the traffic and crowd management plans for London 2012. This is a complicated process but very necessary to facilitate such a large sporting event.

Where and when is the Tour de France?

In 2014 the Tour de France returns to the UK for 3 stages. The Yorkshire Grand Depart comprises two stages – Leeds to Harrogate and York to Sheffield. The Tour moves south for a third stage which begins in Cambridge, before entering 4 districts of Essex (Uttlesford, Braintree, Chelmsford and Epping Forest). Stage 3 finishes in London.

  1. Saturday 5 July 2014 – Stage One:  Leeds to Harrogate – 190km (118 miles)
  2. Sunday 6 July 2014 – Stage Two:  York to Sheffield – 200km (125 miles)
  3. Monday 7 July 2014 – Stage Three:  Cambridge to Essex to London – 159km (106 miles)

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Which roads will close and when?

The scale of the event is huge with 200 riders, 2,000 vehicles and up to 5,000 officials and press staff. The event organisers will work with all agencies to ensure the minimum road closure timeframe is in place but it is anticipated the closures will be in place for up to 8 hours. Special dispensation will be given to emergency services.

Detailed lists of road closures throughout Essex can be seen on the Essex County Council website.

Preceded by a the colourful Caravanne Publicitaire, the Tour is expected to reach the District late lunch time. Keeping north of the A414, it will take in demanding country lanes with plenty of scope for incident and excitement on the narrow twists and curves. Residents of Willingale, Abbess Beauchamp and Berners Roding, Fyfield, Moreton, and the Lavers will have roadside seats as Wiggins, Froome and Mark Cavendish take on the best of the rest of the World.

The route then crosses the A414 at the Talbot roundabout, taking the main road through North Weald Bassett and past North Weald Airfield. The cyclists will speed up through the short section of Epping Forest to St Margaret’s Hospital before sweeping down the Plain into Epping High Road for the rolling sprint. Very large crowds are expected in Epping for the sprint with many British hopes resting on sprint-specialist Mark Cavendish. It is then down to the Wake Arms Roundabout and the long straight Forest sections of the Epping New Road past Loughton and Buckhurst Hill to Woodford, leaving the District on the way to the finish on the Mall via the Olympic Park.

Epping Forest district road closure details are detailed below.

  • Elms Road becomes Shellow Road and goes through Shellow Bowells
  • Continue on Shellow Road which becomes Dukes Lane and then left into Birds Green
  • Then left  turn onto Dunmow Road B184
  • Continue on the B184 which becomes Ongar Road and turn right into Moreton Road at Clatterford End
  • Continue on Moreton Road which becomes Fyfield Road and then Maltings Hill
  • Continue through Moreton on Church Road which becomes Harlow Road
  • Just north of Moreton turn left into Wind Hill
  • Continue on Wind Hill and then turn left into Weald Bridge Road
  • Continue straight across the Talbot Roundabout towards North Weald and Epping on the B181
  • Continue on the B181 High Road which becomes Epping Road and goes under the M11
  • At the traffic signals turn left towards Epping on the B1393
  • Continue through Epping High Street and then High Road on the B1393 which goes over the M25 Bell Common Tunnel
  • Continue on the B1393 which becomes Epping Road and at the roundabout go straight over into Epping New Road the A104
  • Continue on the A104 Epping New Road and leave Essex

The route of stage 3 of the Tour de France 2014 can be found on the Essex County Council website.

The route will be closed as follows

  • The route in Uttlesford and Braintree will close at 7.30am
  • The route in Chelmsford and Epping Forest to the north of the A414 Talbot roundabout will close at 8am
  • The route from the Talbot roundabout south through North Weald and Epping, down to Buckhurst Hill will close at 9am
  • Target reopening times are 4pm for Uttlesford and Braintree, for Chelmsford and Epping Forest at 5pm. Roads will be opened after the race as soon as possible.

Roads which lead directly to the route will be ‘access only’ from the junction closest to the route. A small number of these roads may be closed. More detailed updates will be published as they become available.

This length of time is needed to allow the route to be prepared, infrastructure to be put in place and removed afterwards, the Tour’s publicity ‘caravan’ of vehicles to travel through the stage, the race itself and the safe dispersal of spectators.

The route will need to be clear of  vehicles prior to the road closure time. Pedestrian access will be available while the roads are closed through stewarded crossing points.

The Essex part of the route is expected to be closed from early morning. Early road closure times are needed to install and remove the facilities needed for people to safely enjoy this unique sporting event.

Essex County Councillor Ann Naylor, Cabinet Member for Public Health & Wellbeing, said: “Monday 7th July will be a celebration of cycling in Essex. It’s with real pride that we will welcome the world’s elite sporting cyclists. An amazing and unforgettable spectacle is promised against the backdrop of our beautiful rural and urban county. This unique event can’t fail to inspire even more people to take to their own bikes to get around or explore the sport of cycling.”

Find out more

For further information please go to the Essex County Council website where you will be able to see more information and also a range of Frequently Asked Questions around the event.

You will also find a route map showing which roads are to be closed on the day.

The Visit Essex website also contains a wealth of information to help your understanding and enjoyment of the event on the day.