Tour of Britain returns to Devon in September
Posted on: 26 February 2016
Devon County Council (DCC) will host Stage Six of The Tour of Britain, on Friday 9 September.
The world’s top cycling teams and riders, including Sir Bradley Wiggins, will race from Sidmouth on the East Devon coast to the summit of Haytor on Dartmoor.
The latest edition and the route of British Cycling’s premier road cycling eventwas unveiled at a special event at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery on Thursday night.
Stage six will take in Sidmouth, Ottery St Mary, Honiton, Willand, Tiverton, Crediton, Moretonhampstead, Haldon Forest, and Chudleigh before climbing from Bovey Tracey to the only summit finish of The Tour.
At 152.7km long and with 3,101metres of climbs, the route is almost a repeat of the thrilling 2013 stage. That year almost 250,000 spectators lined the county’s roads to help boost the local economy by £5.9m.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, DCC’s Cabinet Member for Highways with a remit for cycling, and the County member for Sidmouth Sidford, said: “The Devon
Stages in 2013 and 2014 were unforgettable occasions. Record breaking crowds turned out across the county and boosted the local economy by almost £12m.
“This year’s stage promises to provide another great show case for our beautiful county as a premier destination for cycling tourism.
“We’re proud that Devon will be a key feature of the race, providing the only summit finish of the 2016 Tour and organisers were so impressed with the atmosphere and organisation of the Sidmouth start in 2013 that they didn’t hesitate in wanting to return.
“Thanks must also go to East Devon and Teignbridge District Councils and Sidmouth Town Council for their financial support towards the event.”
It will be the ninth time in ten years the Tour has visited Devon with the county hosting starts and finishes annually between 2009 and 2014.
Over the past eight Devon stages around 1.25million people have watched the race bringing in around £33m to the local economy.
Councillor Hughes said at the launch of the Tour of Britain in Bristol on Thursday that race is a massive economic boost for Devon
Councillor Iain Chubb, East Devon District Council’s Portfolio holder for the Environment, said: “East Devon’s stunning Jurassic Coast, which is a designated World Heritage Site, is a fantastic platform for showcasing the best of our beautiful district. People can enjoy the spectacle of top class professional cyclists battling for position, against a backdrop of our wonderful countryside and historic towns and villages.”
Councillor Jeremy Christophers, the Leader of Teignbridge District Council, said: “Teignbridge is a pro-cycling district, welcoming the Tour of Britain back to the finish at the summit of Haytor Rocks will be a great moment to complete a fantastic Summer of sport and cultural events in South Devon. We already have the Radio 1 Big Weekend and Academies in early Summer, followed by the Devon Games to Inspire and culminated with the Tour of Britain. Brilliant!”
Dartmoor National Park Authority Chairman, Peter Harper said “It’s great to see the Tour returning to Devon and especially to Dartmoor with what we hope will be another exciting hill-top finish at Haytor. “In 2013 the event was enjoyed by huge numbers of visitors, the riders loved it and the feedback from the organisers was fantastic. “It also provided a real boost to the local economy with many businesses benefitting from additional trade and accommodation providers reported being fully booked.”
Mick Bennett, Race Director said: “The return of the Tour of Britain to Devon after a year away has been much anticipated and we look forward to reacquainting the teams and riders with the summit finish at Haytor that proved so popular in 2013. The climb will once again be a key moment in this year’s route, and coming again on a Friday afternoon, is going to see thousands of cycling fans descending upon Dartmoor to witness the drama first-hand.
“We have worked with our partners at Devon County Council to create a route that is challenging for the riders, picturesque for the worldwide television pictures and takes in a number of towns and communities to bring the Tour of Britain to as many fans as possible.”
The Tour of Britain will begin in Glasgow on Sunday 4 September and finish in the heart of London on Sunday 11 September, including stages in the Lake District, Wales and Bath and Bristol.
For the fifth successive year fans can look forward to enjoying daily live coverage of all eight stages on ITV4, with the channel broadcasting a three-hour live programme from each stage, plus one-hour of highlights every evening during the race.
The Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event giving cycling fans the opportunity to see the world’s best teams and riders competing on their door step.
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