An artist’s impression of how the cyclist sculpture will look
An artist’s impression of how the cyclist sculpture will look

A five-metre high sculpture of a cyclist has been commissioned to mark the finish of stage four of the Ovo Energy Tour Of Britain in Newark.

The event, the country’s premier cycling race, will attract many elite cyclists as well as thousands of spectators to the town and district on the day.

The artwork, designed by local sculptor Phil Neal, will be made from recycled bike parts that have been donated by the public.

It has been commissioned by Newark and Sherwood District Council and will be  considered by its planning committee on August 8.

If approved, the sculpture will be set against the backdrop of trees and shrubs in the corner of the existing children’s playground, in Sconce and Devon Park.

It will fit in with the height of current play equipment and will be saffron yellow, the adopted colour for the Nottinghamshire stage four race, which matches the equipment.

The sculpture is not play equipment and will be raised from the ground on a green powder-coated three metre high plinth that will create the impression of a floating yellow bike during the summer while being easily distinguishable during the dark winter months.

The sculpture will have a dedication plaque on the playground fence explaining its significance.

It is hoped council chairman Mrs Linda Tift will officially unveil the sculpture on the day the race comes to town.

Stage four of the Tour Of Britain race will pass through Edwinstowe, Southwell and Sherwood Forest before looping north into Bassetlaw.

The competitors return to the district through the Trent villages along the A1133 before moving into Lincolnshire and then back into Nottinghamshire via Coddington.

They come into Newark down Beacon Hill Road and along Castlegate, Lombard Street on to Farndon Road for a grandstand finish near Sconce and Devon Park.