Tour of Britain full route announced

Stage towns include, Bristol, Exeter, Bath, Llandudno, Worcester & Brighton

by Simon_MacMichael   March 31, 2014  

The route of the 2014 Tour of Britain was unveiled this evening at Canary Wharf in London. As well as the Stage 1 circuit in Liverpool, revealed this morning, the race will also be visiting Bath and Brighton on an eight-day journey round the country that culminates in a double-header final day in London with an individual time trial followed by a road stage, as happened in 2011.

We'll bring you more later, but to start with, as the race raises its profile — this year, for the first time, it has UCI 2.HC status — there will be three hours of live TV coverage every day on ITV. Now that is something to look forward to.

Race director Mick Bennett says: "With our toughest summit finish yet, an individual time trial in London and several longer stages, this year's Tour of Britain has a varied and testing route that will present opportunities to a variety of riders.

"The route will again showcase some fantastic scenery, and combine major British cities with charming and picturesque towns and villages, as well as testing climbs, all of which will make for a memorable Tour.”

Jonny Clay, director of cyclesport at British Cycling, added: "This year's Tour of Britain is set to be the biggest and best yet and is a fantastic way to showcase the event's new, upgraded 2.HC status.

"The Tour of Britain will not only deliver on every level for cycling fans, giving them the opportunity to see the best teams and riders in the world competing on their door step, but it is also a great day out for people of all ages. Watching the race from the roadside is free, allowing thousands of spectators to get caught up in the excitement of the event passing through their city, town or village.”

Organisers have agreed with Transport for London that the Tour of Britain will finish in London for the next five years.

Here's the route:

Stage 1 Sun 7 Sep Liverpool
Stage 2 Mon 8 Sep Knowsley to Llandudno
Stage 3 Tue 9 Sep Newtown to the Tumble
Stage 4 Wed 10 Sep Worcester to Bristol
Stage 5 Thu 11 Sep Exmouth to Exeter
Stage 6 Fri 12 Sep Bath to Hemel Hempstead
Stage 7 Sat 13 Sep Camberley to Brighton
Stage 8a Sun 14 Sep London individual time trial, presented by TfL
Stage 8b Sun 14 Sep London circuit race, presented by TfL

 

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joemmo wrote:
Before The North gets too huffy I'd just like to remind everyone about that little bike race in Yorkshire this July.

Still had to have the 3rd stage finishing in the dump didnt we though rather than the east coast of Yorks which would have been far better.

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posted by Leodis [193 posts]
1st April 2014 - 11:32

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Oh at last! Something is coming down towards the South East! About time, lovely scenery Big Grin

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posted by fancynancy [58 posts]
1st April 2014 - 11:55

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It goes past the road one up from me in Sussex ... I'm happy Party

Extra bike? What extra bike dear?

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posted by goggy [90 posts]
1st April 2014 - 12:08

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I am not really sure when it last past my way, sure those with a better memory will tell me when the North East last had a visit?

It did Darlington - Gateshead in 2008 and 2009 with a loop up into Kielder Forest.

The NE hasn't seen as much of the Tour of Britain as some other areas but that's not necessarily down to the organisers - maybe one town really wants it but there's no suitable finishing town nearby on that day. Maybe one council won't allow it through their area on that day. Whole host of reasons.

Petition your council to bid for a stage.

posted by crazy-legs [506 posts]
1st April 2014 - 13:06

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solentine wrote:
God, not in the Cotswolds ....again!

Apart from most of Stage 4 Wink

Lets see if they do it properly...
anyone for Bushcombe Lane...

http://cyclinguphill.com/cleeve-hill-bushcombe-lane/

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1st April 2014 - 13:24

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goggy wrote:
It goes past the road one up from me in Sussex ... I'm happy Party

And thinking about it, they may even fill in some of the trenches in the town, especially if they don't want to see Pro riders sprawling outside the joys of Iceland and the 99p store

Extra bike? What extra bike dear?

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posted by goggy [90 posts]
1st April 2014 - 13:47

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goggy wrote:
goggy wrote:
It goes past the road one up from me in Sussex ... I'm happy Party

And thinking about it, they may even fill in some of the trenches in the town, especially if they don't want to see Pro riders sprawling outside the joys of Iceland and the 99p store

more likely they'll claim they are recreating the Forest of Arenberg

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posted by mrmo [1069 posts]
1st April 2014 - 14:44

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No stage of the Tour of Britain in Yorkshire yet again, Good enough for 2 stages of the Tour de France but not the Tour of Britain it seems.

Are you not taught to share in Yorkshire?

Not as greedy as it would seem that London is

Olympics route/Prudential or whatever they call it, a finish of le Tour and still "two stages" on top.

Personally don't think it's too bad for Yorkshire, we did have MTB world cup for two years, National Champs t'other year and now the greatest show on earth. Also after le Tour, TofB looks a bloody miserable affair and Liverpool is not a million miles away.

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1st April 2014 - 15:10

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no one complaining that Abergavenny gets a stage finish and the nationals then....

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posted by mrmo [1069 posts]
1st April 2014 - 15:42

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The "Tour of England and Wales".

posted by dreamlx10 [137 posts]
1st April 2014 - 16:33

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As others have said, you can;t cover the entire country decently in 8 days. So leaving aside the transfer concerns by the teams, there appear to be two options

1) spread it around geographically every year, and just expect people to drive up to 3 hours to see "their" region's leg.

2) Pick areas of the country each year to locate it... so the south gets it this year, the NW next, east anglia and the midlands in 2016 - etc.

Which ever is picked somebody somewhere will lose out. The past few years in the South-west has meant Sidmouth for us in Wiltshire - or London. Hardly "doorstep".

As it I am well chuffed that its coming within a mile of my front door this year. I'm happy enough that it probably won't be back around these parts for a few years. Them's the breaks.

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posted by didds [41 posts]
1st April 2014 - 18:35

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Just in preparation for Scottish independence. will enjoy watching tour of Scotland though, lots of mountain stages

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posted by Beefy [112 posts]
1st April 2014 - 18:53

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Dunks517 wrote:
Let's showcase the best Scotland has to offer by going past Glasgow Central Station...

erm.... it isn't going past Central Station, it's going past Queen Street Station, Argyle Street Station, High Street Station and Buchanan Street Underground. Cool

It looks like it is here:
http://www.glasgow2014.com/image/cycling-road-map

posted by Dunks517 [44 posts]
1st April 2014 - 19:04

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Have a look at this pipe dream for next year: http://www.strava.com/routes/92370

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1st April 2014 - 19:09

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Dunks517 wrote:
Have a look at this pipe dream for next year: http://www.strava.com/routes/92370

I like the look of that mate Big Grin

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posted by stumps [2706 posts]
1st April 2014 - 19:31

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Yorkshie Whippet wrote:

Not as greedy as it would seem that London is

Olympics route/Prudential or whatever they call it, a finish of le Tour and still "two stages" on top.

Okay, so London gets three days of racing at UCI HC or WorldTour level, and probably two HC in future.

One of those races, RideLondon, will take place mainly in Surrey, while this year the Tour de France spends maybe an hour in London.

But from next year, Yorkshire - and nowhere else - gets its very own THREE-day stage race, arranged by ASO and probably also at HC level.

Don't get me wrong, it's great that it will be taking place.

But it does rather shoot down the argument that London (home to around 60 per cent more people than Yorkshire, by the way) gets everything.

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8017 posts]
1st April 2014 - 19:39

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So leaving aside the transfer concerns by the teams, there appear to be two options

There is, of course, the third option where the whingers do a bit of growing up and recognise that it's not always going to go their way.
It'd probably a step to far to ask them to get behind the Tour and offer congratulations to those areas that have the opportunity to showcase this time round..

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posted by don simon [144 posts]
1st April 2014 - 19:45

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didds wrote:
2) Pick areas of the country each year to locate it... so the south gets it this year, the NW next, east anglia and the midlands in 2016

I like this idea. You could even take it further and use a couple of towns/cities as hubs and run the stages in a different direction from the hubs each day.

You could say have four days based out of Taunton, a rest day and then another four days based out of Stirling one year and the next year pick another two hubs. The rest day is only there to facilitate the relocation between hubs. Can you imagine the concentrated revenue brought into an area and the boost to local cycling.

Just an idle musing. Please don't shoot me, it's been a very long day. Big Grin

posted by levermonkey [360 posts]
1st April 2014 - 19:50

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Simon, i assume your from London, although i maybe wrong.

Its when your not from London you realise how much more the city gets compared to other areas. Its not just cycling but a lot of other sports as well and its the mentality of a lot of Londoners that becuase its the capital it should automatically get more and its this that annoys and frustrates people.

I dont particularly like London having worked and lived there for a while but i suppose being the capital it will get more.

In the end as long as the race showcases the country and the fans then all is well and good.

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posted by stumps [2706 posts]
1st April 2014 - 20:01

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Time to make this a two week race and spread it around a bit more. A lot of the country is left untouched, central britain, the east and northeast, nothing.

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1st April 2014 - 20:39

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No lake district stage..... BOOOOOOOOO ! At Wits End

Endorphines going up and adrenaline going down, who needs drugs?

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1st April 2014 - 22:45

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I guess the Scottish referendum has already happened, new to be, why are there no stages anywhere even remotely close to Scotland at all, the highlands would be an epic stage and easy to get from Aberdeen to watch some form of professional cycling

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1st April 2014 - 22:51

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Haha! Some South East action, definitely pop to Brighton for the day

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posted by Miles253 [198 posts]
2nd April 2014 - 6:09

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Simon_MacMichael wrote:
Yorkshie Whippet wrote:

Not as greedy as it would seem that London is

Olympics route/Prudential or whatever they call it, a finish of le Tour and still "two stages" on top.

Okay, so London gets three days of racing at UCI HC or WorldTour level, and probably two HC in future.

One of those races, RideLondon, will take place mainly in Surrey, while this year the Tour de France spends maybe an hour in London.

But from next year, Yorkshire - and nowhere else - gets its very own THREE-day stage race, arranged by ASO and probably also at HC level.

Don't get me wrong, it's great that it will be taking place.

But it does rather shoot down the argument that London (home to around 60 per cent more people than Yorkshire, by the way) gets everything.

Simon, not quite sure what your point is, other than you can cut and paste to take things out of context.

posted by Yorkshie Whippet [290 posts]
2nd April 2014 - 9:19

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Unless I'm mistaken, the ToB takes the route to places that support it financially so it can only go where the councils are willing to a) host it and b) pay for it. That's one of the main issues behind the long transfers and the geographic inequalities. If you want a stage, a council near you has to be willing to do it and to put its hand in its pocket.

posted by Spofferoonie [18 posts]
2nd April 2014 - 10:30

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As well as cost, from an armchair perspective there's hopefully consideration given to choosing a course that showcases some of the country's areas of natural beauty and obviously some decent gradients. Basically it needs to look good on telly!

Then of course you'll get the NIMBYs not wanting spectators and everything else descending end masse into the national parks......and also if the stages are out in the sticks there'll be fewer spectators.

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2nd April 2014 - 11:33

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stumps wrote:
Simon, i assume your from London, although i maybe wrong.

Its when your not from London you realise how much more the city gets compared to other areas. Its not just cycling but a lot of other sports as well and its the mentality of a lot of Londoners that becuase its the capital it should automatically get more and its this that annoys and frustrates people.

I dont particularly like London having worked and lived there for a while but i suppose being the capital it will get more.

In the end as long as the race showcases the country and the fans then all is well and good.

Would you like some help with that chip on your shoulder? Perhaps a flower in your hair would make you feel better?

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2nd April 2014 - 11:37

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We've been spared a Stoke stage! Party

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2nd April 2014 - 13:22

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stumps wrote:
Simon, i assume your from London, although i maybe wrong.

Born in Scotland, lived there a few years and have often gone back, grew up and started working in London, went to university in Wales and have lived last several years in Oxford and, more recently, the Cotswolds. So been around a bit and certainly don't have London-centric mindset.

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Stage 2 Braemar - Dundee, having a summit finish up Craigowl Hill (3.4km at 9.3%)

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