Summit finish & longest TT as Tour of Britain 2013 promises to be toughest yet

Race takes in Scotland, Lake District, Snowdonia, Devon, Surrey & Central London celebrates 10 anniversary in style

by Tony Farrelly   March 21, 2013  

"This will definitely be the most challenging Tour of Britain yet," according to race director, Mick Bennett and looking at today's route announcement it's hard to argue.

This year's race which starts on Sunday 15th September in Peebles and finishes on Sunday the 22nd in London will take riders to Cumbria and the Lake District, Snowdonia, Dumfries and Galloway, the Devon Moors, and what's sure to be an up and down stage through Surrey on the way to a finishing circuit in Central London.

On the way they will race over the longest stage in the race's history a 225Km battle through the heart of Cumbria culminating in an uphill finish in Kendall, on stage 2. Stage 3 follows that up with the longest individual time trial the race has run in the 10 year's since British Cycling and Sweet Spot revived it. Stage 4 takes the race across the middle of the country from Stoke-on-Trent to Llanberis in Wales, before stage 5 treats racers to a double helping of Caerphilly mountain - which proved such a spectacle last year.

Stage 6 may well prove one of the most decisive of the week with last year's winner Jonathan Tiernan Locke, racing over home roads from Sidmouth in Devon to  the Tour's first ever summit finish at Haytor on Dartmoor. After that there's a 150km blast through Surrey from Epsom to Guildford which should still have enough ups and downs to keep things interesting - especially if the Guildford finish is the same as last year's before the race heads to Central London for what's always an exciting finale.

Announcing the route Bennett said that the aim was to produce a challenging race and to ensure that it stayed an open and competitive spectacle from start to finish.

“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.”

The route of the 2013 Tour of Britain:

Stage One        
Sunday 15th Sept              Peebles to Drumlanrig Castle                                       201km


 
Stage Two        
Monday 16th Sept              Cumbria, The Lake District Stage, Carlisle to Kendal  225km


 
Stage Three      
Tuesday 17th Sept             Knowsley Individual Time Trial                                    16km


 
Stage Four       
Wednesday 18th Sept        Stoke-on-Trent to Llanberis                                   190.9km


 
Stage Five        
Thursday 19th Sept            Machynlleth to Caerphilly                                     177.1km

Stage Six         
Friday 20th Sept                Sidmouth to Haytor, Dartmoor                                   137km


 
Stage Seven     
Saturday 21st Sept            Epsom to Guildford                                                  150.4km


 
Stage Eight      
Sunday 22nd Sept             The London Stage, presented by TfL                           88km

To find out more visit www.thetour.co.uk

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Where to go on Stage 2.
Kendal for the uphill 15% finish or Honister Pass for the 25% climb.

Great route.

posted by jayme [114 posts]
21st March 2013 - 20:17

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Asdfghjkl the Tour is doing the Lake District properly for once! Honister and pass of Dunmail Rise are the only proper climbs but lots of up & down along the way.

Stewie

posted by stewieatb [298 posts]
21st March 2013 - 20:47

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Only one l in Kendal. Is the finish in Kendal on Beast Banks? Cav won on there a few years back. Looks a decent route for the Lakes stage. And they have left plenty of passes to tick off for future visits Smile

posted by Scottsparkrider [9 posts]
21st March 2013 - 21:22

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Wot no Yorkshire stage?! Wink

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posted by Ghedebrav [996 posts]
21st March 2013 - 21:22

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Yet again no stage in Yorkshire, or in actual fact ANY WHERE IN THE EAST!

And whats that? Oh yes, Stoke getting a stage AGAIN! They must have some good dirt on Tour organisers to get them back each year. How about sharing it out?!

Strax

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posted by jdstrachan@yaho... [53 posts]
21st March 2013 - 21:35

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Can't wait for stage 2. With a bit of careful planning I reckon it's possible to see the riders at least a couple of times.

posted by matdicko [8 posts]
21st March 2013 - 21:42

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Great I live in Epsom Surrey. Bring it on Smile

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posted by Davetillyer [18 posts]
21st March 2013 - 22:01

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No JTL, Tony - he's lined up for his GT debut at the Vuelta

posted by Sam1 [212 posts]
21st March 2013 - 22:12

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'Wot no Yorkshire stage?!'

They can't afford it.

posted by andyp [783 posts]
21st March 2013 - 22:35

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Fantastic there are some great stages and local to me too, but when will they be bringing out some proper OS maps for these stages, I need to plan my time off work and where I can go to get a good spot! The maps at the moment are lacking in detail.

posted by 60kg lean keen ... [56 posts]
21st March 2013 - 22:47

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As a Cumbrian - great to see a stage in the Lakes and Carlisle.

as a Cumbrian living in the South West - superb, yet another year without the ToB touching the Cotswolds, Mendips, any of the large cities in the region.

Apparently Bristol is the UK's first "cycling city". Unless you run the UK's only major stage race that is.

posted by turboprannet [41 posts]
22nd March 2013 - 0:20

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Excellent My home town has gthe Tour of Britain going through - Mold - so I'll be asking for the day off and come home for the day. Good to see North Wales get included for the first time in ages. I'm so excited they'll be riding the roads of my youth!

posted by bikerdavecycling [71 posts]
22nd March 2013 - 0:41

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Scottsparkrider wrote:
Is the finish in Kendal on Beast Banks? Cav won on there a few years back.

Yes it is Smile

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7835 posts]
22nd March 2013 - 0:57

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Two loops of Caerphilly mountain last year was fantastic - great to see that again this year. I would definately recommend a vist,the hill is so steep that they have to ride 'slow' - great photo opportunities are guaranteed!

Lets hope Wiggo rides again but makes it to the Caerphilly stage this time and doesn't cry off with a bad gut.

posted by dugganinwales [1 posts]
22nd March 2013 - 7:27

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Disappointed to see the token Scottish stage once again starting in the borders. Do you think they will ever go north of Edinburgh? I won't be holding my breath.

posted by bauchlebastart [83 posts]
22nd March 2013 - 9:28

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I'd have thought that pure logistics are a reason why the Scottish stages are generally in the borders!

Asolare

posted by Goldfever4 [165 posts]
22nd March 2013 - 9:59

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The stage finish on Haytor should be epic.

Anyone complaining about a region not being visited needs to lobby the relevant county council. SweetSpot go where the councils will sponsor and support a stage.

posted by kingsouth [1 posts]
22nd March 2013 - 11:15

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Lake District stage should be awesome, the section along Crummock water is probably the best bit of road I've ridden in the UK. Honister should be cool too. Section along Coniston will be ace too, with a few little climbs between Ambleside and Coniston also proving some possible action. All my old riding haunts, ridden some of those roads hundreds of times when I was younger.

posted by MattT53 [126 posts]
22nd March 2013 - 11:47

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Unlikely to ever happen- but a truly epic mountain stage could take Drummochter and finish at Cairngorm ski area. The logisitics would be a nightmare though.

posted by Al__S [480 posts]
22nd March 2013 - 11:58

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We could have epic stages in Britain to almost match the continental etapes through the highlands, lakes or N Wales, it's just that British Cycling and the sport in general do not have enough clout yet to organise them?

Also a typically useless set of stage maps and even more useless stage profiles, look at the TDF website for exemplars?

posted by markyboy007 [20 posts]
22nd March 2013 - 12:29

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Record breaking crowds not enough to bring the Tour back to East Anglia Crying At least we have a couple of rounds of the Tour Series as a consolation prize.

posted by grahamdenny [57 posts]
22nd March 2013 - 12:47

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markyboy007 wrote:
We could have epic stages in Britain to almost match the continental etapes through the highlands, lakes or N Wales, it's just that British Cycling and the sport in general do not have enough clout yet to organise them?

Also a typically useless set of stage maps and even more useless stage profiles, look at the TDF website for exemplars?

I don't think it's to do with 'clout'. As has already been said, if an authority isn't interested in supporting the event it's not feasible. Additionally, the logistics of transporting the whole race from the highlands to north Wales would be a nightmare. I'm sure the riders would really enjoy the transfers too.

As for the maps, the race is six months away. Are full detailed routes available on the website the TdF, which is a whole lot sooner? As with previous years (and all other races I'm aware of) the maps will be released once the route is finalised and agreed with the authorities.

Anyway, I think it looks a cracking route, can't wait to get out and see some top class riders on my doorstep.

posted by nellybuck@msn.com [156 posts]
22nd March 2013 - 13:11

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bikerdavecycling wrote:
Excellent My home town has gthe Tour of Britain going through - Mold - so I'll be asking for the day off and come home for the day. Good to see North Wales get included for the first time in ages. I'm so excited they'll be riding the roads of my youth!

If they use the main Mold – Ruthin road A494 up to Gwemymynydd Then I will be there. It a good climb so should slow them down enough to get a good look.

posted by 60kg lean keen ... [56 posts]
22nd March 2013 - 13:37

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Hope they take the Mountain road through Dylife on the way out of Machynlleth. That hill is brutal.

posted by mattheww385 [45 posts]
25th March 2013 - 1:25

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