BAE Systems are proud to be the main sponsor of Stage Six, which is hosted by Cumbria County Council.  United Utilities are also proud to be an official sponsor of the Cumbrian stage of the race.

If the OVO Energy Tour of Britain’s GC took shape during its first-ever team time trial stage, day six of the race will give fans the biggest hint yet as to who will be crowned the 2018 champion in London.

Riders will climb Whinlatter twice more, from its harder eastern side, during a 168.3-kilometre road stage that starts in Barrow-in-Furness and passes north along the Coast Road to Ulverston. The second of the ascents up the three-kilometre climb (complete with a gradient that averages 7%) will culminate with a finish at the Forestry Commission’s visitor centre.

Attending the stage start in Barrow? Then don’t miss the town’s Fanzone, which is open all day on Friday 7 September! Click here for more information.

Host venue for the first time

The start of Stage Six – sponsored by BAE Systems – will begin outside Barrow’s iconic red sandstone Town Hall located in the heart of the town. Known for its industrial and shipbuilding heritage, Barrow has the largest maritime construction workforce in England, and provides access to one of the largest offshore windfarms in the world. Situated just south of the Lake District National Park, the town is ranked first in England for the number and quality of its natural landscapes and assets.

From the Town Hall the teams will begin the 10-kilometre neutralised section heading through the town along Abbey Road leading to the 12th century Furness Abbey, passing shops, pubs, schools and a number of Barrow’s historical buildings and attractions – such as the Nan Tait Centre, which was designed by architects Woodhouse and Willoughby and was the town’s technical school from 1903 to 1970, and the Victorian Railway Station. 

The route will then take the riders towards the docks and past BAE Systems, one of Cumbria’s largest employers, with its Submarines business employing more than 9,000 people, including over 750 apprentices.  Upon leaving the town, the world-class field will be greeted by views of the beautiful nature reserve on Walney Island, taking them past the spectacular Morecambe Bay along the coast road, through South Lakeland and ultimately up towards Whinlatter.

Host venue for the first time (on Stage Five)

Whinlatter Forest provides the perfect finish for the summit finish stage of this year’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain.  Not only is Whinlatter England’s only mountain forest, it’s also a hub of adventure, and no stranger to cycling!

The Coast to Coast Cycle route goes through the forest, and on site, the Forestry Commission provide 26 kilometres of single track blue, red, and black mountain bike trails, the longest in the Lake District.  There is bike hire and a repair centre on site managed by Cyclewise, and the trails are enjoyed by over 55,000 bikers each year.

For visitors wanting even more adventure, try the Go Ape tree top course and Segway.  The world’s first permanent orienteering course was developed at Whinlatter, and this remains popular to this day.

Aside from the adventure offer, the forest is still a haven for Wildlife, and is designated as a National Red Squirrel Reserve, and home to the Lake District Osprey Project.

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