THERE will be a chance to see Olympic medal winning cyclists Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish racing through the streets of a town near you on September 15 when the Tour of Britain takes them through Tavistock.

Many East Cornwall residents are expected to join in the flag waving when the tour passes through at around 12.30pm. The tour begins in Ipswich on Sunday (September 9) with the final stage in Guildford on September 16. It does not pass through Cornwall. However on Saturday, September 15, it comes to West Devon. From 10am to 2pm there will be a host of events in Tavistock's Bedford Square including live music, free activities for families in the grounds of St Eustachius Church, a cycle challenge and a competition.

Tavistock BID (Business Improvement District) has organised the celebrations and manager Adam Fleet said he was hoping that the buzz from all the recent cycling achievements at The Olympics and Paralympics will see hundreds lining the streets.

'The main event will obviously be welcoming the riders as they power through Tavistock,' he said. 'There will be a rolling road closure ahead of the tour as it approaches the town.

'We really want the crowd to let the tour know it has arrived in Tavistock so we will be putting up banners and handing out flags to welcome them.'