The Tour of Britain will celebrate its tenth anniversary in style, with the hardest ever route including the first ever summit finish for a stage and the race’s longest ever individual time-trial.
The race will get underway from the Peebles in the Scottish Borders on Sunday 15 September and visit the Lake District and Snowdonia for the first time, before ending in the heart of London on Sunday 22 September with a ten 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.
“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."
Race director Mick Bennett
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.
The Tour will also visit Dumfries & Galloway, Stoke-on-Trent and Surrey during the eight stage event.
“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 ten years of growth for The Tour of Britain and cycling in the UK,” said Hugh Roberts, Chief Executive of SweetSpot Group, the organisers and promoters of The Tour of Britain.
The Tour of Britain was revived by SweetSpot Group in 2004, with Jonathan Tiernan Locke becoming the first British winner in the modern race’s history last year.
“This will definitely be the most challenging Tour of Britain yet,” said race director Mick Bennett.
“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.”
2013 Tour of Britain route
Stage one - Sunday 15 September
Peebles to Drumlanrig Castle 201km
Stage two - Monday 16 September
Cumbria, The Lake District Stage, Carlisle to Kendal 225km
Stage three - Tuesday 17 September
Knowsley Individual Time Trial 16km
Stage four - Wednesday 18 September
Stoke-on-Trent to Llanberis 190.9km
Stage five - Thursday 19 September
Machynlleth to Caerphilly 177.1km
Stage six - Friday 20 September
Sidmouth to Haytor, Dartmoor 137km
Stage seven - Saturday 21 September
Epsom to Guildford 150.4km
Stage eight - Sunday 22 September
The London Stage, presented by TfL 88km