Let’s be honest – the best way to actually see a bike race is at home on the telly. You’ll actually see what’s going on.

But if you do that, you’ll miss out on the colour the noise and the speed of the event which makes it so thrilling, and keeps people coming back, and travelling miles, to see it

Here’s some tips:

If the race is coming right past your house, or the end of the street, just check out when it's due and stroll out to watch it

Otherwise, pick your spot

Really keen fans will pick a climb, such as Snowshill, to see the riders suffer a bit. They’ll be slower, so you get to see them for longer, and the race will separate, so you can tell what’s going on.

Otherwise, fund a spot in Worcester -it’s likely to be a very fast and exciting finish. It might be a bit of a blur but it’ll be an unforgettable impression of a top level cycle race up close

Be prepared

If you want a really popular spot, you will want to get there early. Have some water with you, and snacks. Dress for the weather. It’s June in Britain. A hat and sunscreen would be useful. But I’d also bring an umbrella or a waterproof jacket. Sensible comfortable shoes are a must

Be aware

Pro cyclists ride fast. Faster than you think. There have been fatal accidents when people have thought they have time to cross, and miscalculated.

Recently there’s been a trend of turning your back on the race and taking a selfie as the riders go past. Hmm. Some people have got a great pic, but the riders have been concerned about people stepping back into them to frame that perfect shot. A selfie is not worth bring 30 bike riders down.

If there’s a steward guarding the road, do what he or she asks you.

Be friendly

Worcester will be en fete. (It’s a bike race, French is allowed). Wave to the marshalls and police motorbike riders. Let small children stand in front of you

Cheer and clap the riders. All of them. Even the one at the back whose knackered, or is chasing back on to the back of the bunch after a puncture or a crash. Especially her, actually. Clap, and cheer. Wave a flag if you’ve got one.

But don’t be… that guy (or girl)

If you’ve ever watched the Tour de France on telly you’ll have seen (often drunk) blokes in fancy dress, running in the road about six inches from the riders bellowing into their ears as they toil up a mountain.

Don’t be like him.

Enjoy the race