Aviva Tour of Britain
The Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site (DVMWHS) is very excited to welcome the Aviva Tour of Britain on Friday 11 September as it passes through Derbyshire. The race travels through the WHS twice, firstly past Arkwright’s Mills and the world’s first industrial housing in Cromford, then in Belper, the award winning Market Town which is home to the iconic Strutt Mills. Such a special occasion needed to be marked with something distinctive, so what better way than to create a piece of animation in which the World Heritage Site logo morphs into a racing cyclist – from water wheels to bicycle wheels! The World Heritage Site Partnership hopes everyone will enjoy watching this quick-moving transformation to celebrate our speedy cycling visitors.
To celebrate the event there will be lots to see and do from Friday to Sunday including a celebration on Belper Market Place on Friday 11 September from 12 noon with stalls and a community café. On Saturday it’s Farmer’s Market in Belper, Heritage Open Days across the World Heritage Site on Sunday, the Wirksworth Festival and trips on Birdswood along Cromford Canal over the whole weekend.
To find out more about Stage 6 of the Tour go to the Tour of Britain official website.
If you wish to come to Cromford or Belper you will find all the information including the timings for the race and how to get there. There will be rolling road blocks along the route but they should only last around 30 minutes at a time. We also have a King of the Mountains race taking place up Cromford Hill and a Sprint race along Bridge Street in Belper.