John Johnson to take part in the Energy Tour of Britain

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Fans of two-wheel sport will be able to rely on four wheels to see the biggest names in the cycling world when they come to Warwickshire next month.

Stage seven of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain takes place in Warwickshire and is set to stage a thrilling hill top finish in the south of the county.

John Johnson is seen with Izzi Seccombe and Chris Egan from Warwickshire County Council along with Penny Tyler from the British Motor Museum. JOHNSONS

The field – which is set to include stars of this year’s Tour De France – will complete two gruelling 12-kilometre circuits around Burton Dassett before crossing the finishing line at the end of the 185-kilometre course on the third ascent of the 700-metre climb.

Organisers believe the climax to the stage on Friday 13 September, will be one of the highlights of the whole event and are expecting big crowds on the country park hill top.

Warwickshire-based Johnsons Coaches has teamed up with Warwickshire County Council and the British Motor Museum to put on a free Park & Ride service to allow as many spectators to watch the action.

The company is laying on the service free of charge, and the museum is allowing free parking. Buses will run every 15 minutes from around 1030 to 1400hrs. It will resume to take spectators back to their cars at the museum once the podium presentations have concluded.

Johnsons has donated its time and vehicles free of charge – but the man who made the gesture will not be on board.

John Johnson who runs the family-run firm, which was founded in 1909, will be cycling the route and is a keen rider.

“I am an avid cyclist so was more than happy to help when the council mentioned that the finish was going to be at Burton Dassett,” he said.