Where and when in Hertfordshire to watch stage seven of the OVO Tour of Britain

PUBLISHED: 12:12 08 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:13 08 September 2017

Stage seven of the 2017 Tour of Britain starts in Hemel Hmepstead. Picture: Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com

Stage seven of the 2017 Tour of Britain starts in Hemel Hmepstead. Picture: Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com

Simon Wilkinson - simon@swpix.com

Spectators wanting to get up close and personal with riders from the OVO Tour of Britain will need to be up bright and early.

Stage seven starts in Hemel Hempstead tomorrow (Saturday) before heading west to the finish in Cheltenham.

Waterhouse Street is where the start line is although sign-on and team buses will be located around the Marlowes area.

When the cycling actually gets underway, it is neutralized until its official start, kilometre zero.

The neutral section takes the riders along Waterhouse Street, Leighton Buzzard Road, St. Albans Road, Maylands Avenue, Swallowdale Lane, Queensway, High Street, Piccotts End Road and back to Leighton Buzzard Road.

The flag will drop and the racing begins for real on Nettleden Road.

From there it will head out along roads well-known to club cyclists.

It akes in Nettleden, Little Gaddesden, Ringshall before dropping down Toms Hill into Aldbury.

It then heads to Tring before leaving the county via Long Marston and Wingrave.

Should anyone fee like travelling further afield, the nearest king of the mountain climb comes after 60km at Brill Hill, Oxfordshire.

Key times:

9am - teams start to arrive

9.30am - sign-on for the riders officially opens

10.20am - sign on closes and the race leaders are presented

10.25am - riders assemble on the start line

10.30am - start of stage seven

10.45am - start proper

10.47am - Nettleden

10.50am - Little Gaddesden

10.55am - Ringshall

11.01am - Aldbury

11.10am - Tring

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