Whitehall finish for 10th Tour of Britain

TourofBritainSweetSpot Group, organiser of the Tour of Britain, revealed yesterday details of the race, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary when it begins on September 15.

The The race will get underway from the Peebles in the Scottish Borders and visit the Lake District and Snowdonia for the first time, before ending in the heart of London on September 22 with a 10-lap circuit race finishing on Whitehall.

Headlining the features will be the finish at Haytor on Dartmoor on Stage Six, which will bring the drama of a summit finish to Britain’s biggest professional cycle race for the first time ever, as well as a 10-mile individual time trial based around Knowsley Safari Park on Merseyside on day three.

Challenges for the world’s top riders will be present throughout, with Stage Two seeing the tour’s longest ever leg, at 225-kilometres through the heart of Cumbria and the Lake District, with a tricky uphill finish in Kendal, whilst Stage Five through Wales includes two ascents of Caerphilly Mountain towards the end of a gruelling route.

“This year’s tour will be an exciting and dynamic route, building on the success of last year’s race and celebrating what has been an incredible 10 years of growth for The Tour of Britain and cycling in the UK,” said Hugh Roberts, chief executive of SweetSpot Group.

Added Mick Bennett, race director, The Tour of Britain: “This will definitely be the most challenging Tour of Britain yet. We have several unique features and are very excited about the inclusion of our first ever summit finish. Our longest ever time trial balances the course and will ensure that for spectators at the roadside and at home on television The Tour of Britain is a thrilling battle throughout.”