PLANS are being laid for a fete in Porlock in September as the famous Tour of Britain cycle race comes to the village in September.

Ninety-six international cyclists are set to take part in the gruelling race, which will see riders pitting themselves against the punishing Porlock Hill Toll road, a category one King of the Mountains' climb in one of the most anticipated sections of the whole event.

The 350-metre climb will provide a great spot to see the cyclists close-up, and is part of stage two of the race from Yeovilton to Taunton, a distance of 169.2km or 105.2 miles.

A second King of the Mountains' challenge takes place at Wheddon Cross, and a sprint is due to take place at Dunster on the same day.

The race starts in the shadow of Concorde at 10.15am at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton, and finishes at around 2.20pm when the frontrunners are expected to arrive at the finish line in Taunton, having covered more than 105 miles and tackled dizzying climbs at an average speed of around 25 miles per hour.

Stage two of the Tour Of Britain takes place on Tuesday, September 11.

Look out for pictures of the race in the County Gazette, and on our website at