The Tour of Britain cycle route is being thoroughly checked by Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP) before the race sweeps into Herefordshire on September 10.
BBLP’s keen cyclists Nick Goodchap and Rachel Dixon took to the B4232 Jubilee Drive, Colwall and the A449 this week (August 26) along with a support vehicle to log defects.
Andy Williams, BBLP’s contract director and a cyclist, said essential repairs will be carried out in good time.
“If you’re in a tight group rolling along at 30 mph with only inches to spare around you and your front wheel hits a pothole, you’ll get thrown off and a mass collision will inevitably ensue. At speed and in a peloton it’s impossible to avoid road defects so it’s essential the route is safe to ride.”
Following the inspection BBLP specialists are carrying out essential maintenance to make the roads fit for top riders including Sir Bradley Wiggins, who is set to defend his Tour of Britain title, and Mark Cavendish.
Thousands of fans are expected to line the route in Herefordshire to watch the UK's biggest professional cycle event which attracts 120 top cyclists in 20 teams from all over the world including Hereford-based cycling team NFTO (Not for the Ordinary).
Cllr Paul Rone, Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, added: “Herefordshire has attracted this prestigious event which will raise the profile of the area and we must provide a safe route otherwise it will reflect very badly on the county.
“This race is not only a great test of strength, endurance and ability for the participants, but it also highlights the mental and physical benefits of cycling to all.
“The Council’s Choose How You Move campaign aims to encourage people to get on two wheels and, thanks to our successful bid for government funding we are developing the city's cycle network.”
BBLP will repair defects including potholes, road surface cracking, missing or broken drain covers, over-hanging trees and hedges and pooling of water.
The cycling duo from BBLP is Nick Goodchap, Bromyard Depot Manager, and Rachel Dixon, Locality Steward for Mortimer.