Plans are underway to welcome back The Tour of Britain to Carlisle, as the city hosts the Stage Two start of the national cycle race on Monday, 5 September.

The return of the Tour of Britain to Cumbria on Monday 5 September is a welcome opportunity to showcase the county’s flood recovery work as well as provide a boost to the local economy following the winter storms.
The extensive media coverage the event brings will demonstrate Cumbria is open for business and highlight infrastructure repair work, including key roads and bridges across the county damaged in the December storms. During the 188.2km Cumbria stage of the Tour of Britain, riders will pass through some of the communities worst affected by last winter’s storms and flooding.

Stage Two will begin in Carlisle city centre at 11am, outside the Old Town Hall.

The route through Carlisle is as follows:

City Centre – English Street – The Crescent – Lowther Street – Drover’s Lane – West Tower Street – Castle Way – Caldewgate  – Castle Way – Hardwicke Circus – Georgian Way – Victoria Place – Warwick Road – Eastern Way – London Road – Cumwhinton Road – Cotehill – Armathwaite.

It will head through the heart of Cumbria and the Lake District and passing through Penrith, Cockermouth, Keswick and Ambleside, before the finish atop the testing 11% climb of Beast Banks in Kendal.

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The Cumbria stage of the Tour of Britain is sponsored by the following organisations: United Utilities, Carlisle City Council, Allerdale Borough Council, Eden District Council, South Lakeland District Council, University of Cumbria, Lake District National Park Authority and Cumbria County Council.

Leader of Carlisle City Council, Cllr Colin Glover, said:

“We’re delighted to be welcoming back the Tour of Britain this autumn. Carlisle will once again be showcased to a global audience and we’re thrilled to be part of an exciting event that attracts thousands of spectators. We look forward to providing a warm welcome to the Tour of Britain competitors and supporters. Carlisle and other parts of Cumbria were badly affected by the December storms and the Tour of Britain will send a clear message that ‘Cumbria is open for business’ and provide a boost to hard hit businesses and communities across the county.”
 
Race Director of The Tour of Britain, Mick Bennett added:

“We are looking forward to Carlisle kicking off what will be one of the highlights of this year’s Tour of Britain. The stage through the heart of Cumbria and the Lake District will be spectacular, and we know that Carlisle and the many thousands of spectators will give us and the world’s top riders the best possible send off.”

The Tour of Britain will begin in Glasgow on Sunday 4 September and finish in the heart of London on Sunday 11 September. Following on from the Cumbrian stage the race will re-start in Congleton, Cheshire East on Tuesday 6 September for a stage to Tatton Park, Knutsford.

Subsequent stages will take the race to Wales and the South West of England, including a summit finish at Haytor on Dartmoor and a challenging circuit race in Bristol on the penultimate day.

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.

Chain Reaction Cycles continue their partnership with the race and sponsorship of the Chain Reaction Cycles Points Classification, won in 2015 by Team WIGGIN’s Owain Doull, while UK parcel carrier Yodel will continue to sponsor the daily intermediate YodelDirect Sprints classification, which Peter Williams of ONE Pro Cycling won last September.

ŠKODA remain official car suppliers and sponsors of the King of the Mountains jersey, also won by Williams in 2015.
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.

For more information about the Stage 2 Route click HERE

Carlisle Cycle Sunday
Sunday 4 September • 11am – 3pm • Carlisle city centre

""The cycle themed event will include trade stands from local cycling providers and cycle groups. Organised as part of the build up to Carlisle staging a Tour of Britain stage start on Monday 5 September, the fun packed family event will be held in the city centre. The programme will include cycling stunt teams, street entertainment and lots of ‘have a go’ cycling activities.