Cycling Procession and Tour de France Fan Zone Viewing Party
People are invited to cheer Mark Cavendish on at a specially created fan zone in the Isle of Man on Sunday 18th July 2021 as he looks set to complete his record breaking Tour de France in Paris.
The Manx rider’s heroics have seen him win four stages at this year’s event already, to take him level with the legendary Eddy Merckx on 34 wins – a record that has stood for 46 years.
With two sprints still to contest, including Sunday’s final stage on the Champs-Elysees, it is possible that the 36-year-old could eclipse the Belgian and rewrite the cycling history books at the world’s most famous race.
- 12.30pm - Cav's Cycling Celebration viewing party in the Villa Marina Gardens opens to the public. Food and Drink available to purchase in the Villa Marina Gardens
- 2.00pm - TV coverage in the Villa Marina Gardens starts
- 2.30pm - Bring your bike to the NSC
- 3.00pm - We'll all parade to the Villa Marina in a cycle procession
- 4.00pm - Watch the final stage of the Tour de France on the big screen and cheer on Cav!
In honour of this, a fan zone is being created at the Villa Marina Gardens in Douglas, so locals and visitors can gather to watch his trademark sprint finish on a big screen. A number of local businesses will provide food and drink and bike parks will be created, meaning parking for cars will be extremely limited. This is a 'dry' event, so please don't bring any alcohol with you.
Cyclists are also invited to take part in a safe and inclusive procession to the fan zone which will start at the National Sports Centre, where Mark began his racing career as a young boy. People are asked to arrive with their bike at 2.30pm before the procession gets under way at 3pm with a lap of the raceway. It will then be led under police escort and flanked with experienced riders to the fan zone with cyclists asked to wear green, the colour of the sprinters’ jersey, but children under the age of eight (Year 4) cannot take part. Don't forget to wear a helmet too!
The ITV4 coverage will be screened live in the Villa Marina Gardens from 1pm and shots of the procession will also be relayed on the big screen so those not taking part can still watch the spectacle.
Meet at the NSC Outdoor Raceway at 2.30pm. The cycling procession will commence at 3pm with a police escort and film crew. Cyclists will travel around the raceway and cross over the bridge towards The Bowl car park and across Pulrose Bridge. Then the cycle route will continue on Peel Road past Belmont Terrace and along Circular Road. Finally, the route turns right onto Prospect Hill and left onto Finch Road and into the Villa Marina Gardens from Back Marina Road.
For full details view: Route Information
- NSC: Please use Pulrose Youth Club and Pre Assessment Centre, next to Manor Park School if NSC cark parks are full.
- Villa Marina: Please use Chester Street Car Park.
For full details view: Parking Information
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