Tomorrow the Tour of Britain heads south again, but there's nothing soft about the route from Carlisle to Blackpool as Dan Lloyd demonstrates in this video preview.
As well as riding and previewing the route the IG Sigma Sport ridertakes us through fuelling strategies on a stage like this. Dan also talks about post-ride recovery and how riders with an eye on the days to come conserve energy even in the midst of the race. Oh, and if you want to pick up some free Tour of Britain team memorabilia - Dan has advice on the best places to find it.
Last year's stage to Blackpool was cancelled when high winds on the fells raised safety fears this time out the weather forecast looks a lot more benign and after some serious ups and downs through the Lake District and the Lancashire hills Mark Cavendish and co will be hoping things are set up nicely for a sprint finish in the shadow of Blackpool Tower.
road.cc's founder and first editor, nowadays to be found riding a spreadsheet. Tony's journey in cycling media started in 1997 as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - finally handing on the reins in 2021 to Jack Sexty. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes, though he'd like to own a carbon bike one day.