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EX­CITE­MENT is build­ing for the ea­gerly-an­tic­i­pated re­turn of the Tour of Bri­tain to Northum­ber­land.

Cov­er­ing 117 miles and pass­ing through 26 com­mu­ni­ties, the world’s elite riders will de­scend on the county next week.

The race - one of the most pres­ti­gious dates on the cy­cling cal­en­dar sees riders com­pete over eight days across the UK.

The Northum­ber­land stage starts in Kielder Wa­ter and For­est Park and fin­ishes in Blyth.

Here is ev­ery­thing you need to know about the event.

It is Bri­tish Cy­cling’s pre­mier road race and the coun­try’s largest freeto-watch live an­nual sport­ing event.

The event takes place from Septem­ber 3-10, with the Northum­ber­land stage on Septem­ber 4. Here are the key points and es­ti­mated tim­ings: 10.15am - Start on Kielder Dam 11am - First King of the Moun­tains climb starts out­side Els­don, climb­ing to the Win­ter’s Gib­bet

11.45am - Riders ap­proach Roth­bury fol­lowed by King of the Moun­tains hill climbs up Deb­don Bank and Corby Crag 12.10pm - Riders ar­rive in Al­nwick 1pm - Riders ap­proach Belford and head to Bam­burgh

1.20pm - Sprint through Sea­houses 2pm - Sprint through Wark­worth 2.40pm - Ar­rive in Mor­peth via Am­ble, Wid­dring­ton and Ul­gham

2.50pm - Ar­rive in Bedling­ton via Guide Post and Chop­ping­ton

3pm - Riders pass through Blyth for the first time

3.10pm - Sprint through Seaton Sluice

3.30pm - Riders race back through Blyth for the fin­ish.

The race will also be shown on ITV4 live.

A to­tal of 120 of the world’s top cy­clists will be rac­ing in the tour, in­clud­ing last year’s win­ner Steve Cum­mings.

The top five ranked teams - Quick­Step Floors, Team Sky, BMC Rac­ing, Mo­vis­tar Team and Orica-Scott - will all be in­volved in the event.

All roads on the route will be closed us­ing a rolling road­block sys­tem for around 40 min­utes - both 20 min­utes be­fore and af­ter the cy­clists pass through each com­mu­nity.

Pedes­trian ac­cess, and ac­cess for emer­gency ser­vices, will be main­tained.

But in some key parts of the race, in­clud­ing Roth­bury to Al­nwick, Belford to Sea­houses, Les­bury to Wark­worth, Mor­peth and Blyth town cen­tres, the roads will be closed through­out the race.

Yes, ac­cess to Al­n­mouth train sta­tion will be re­stricted be­tween 1.15pm and 2.45pm as the cy­clists go down the A1068.

Ac­cess to Mor­peth Bus Sta­tion, Mor­peth Rail­way Sta­tion and car parks in the town cen­tre will be dis­rupted be­tween 2pm and 3.30pm.

Mean­while, Go North East’s Seaton Sluice, Blyth 309 bus ser­vice will be af­fected be­tween 2.15pm and 4.15pm, and it will ter­mi­nate at a tem­po­rary bus stop by Hart­ley round­about.

Some Ar­riva bus ser­vices will also be dis­rupted - check with the ser­vice for de­tails.

Busi­nesses, com­mu­nity groups and the public are be­ing urged to dec­o­rate the route in red and yel­low - the colours of the Northum­ber­land flag.

They can dress their streets and shop win­dows with red and yel­low bunting, flags and flow­ers, or dis­play old or un­wanted bi­cy­cles to cel­e­brate the race.

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