Gateshead will welcome the return of Britain’s biggest professional cycle race, the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, for the first time in a decade this September.

Stage four of the race comes to the area on Tuesday 10 September, taking riders from the North East of England to an uphill finish in Kendal, Cumbria, via the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Where and when?

Gateshead will host the OVO Energy Tour of Britain on Tuesday 10 September, following the previous day’s finish to the North of Tyne stage on Grey Street in Newcastle city centre.  It will be the shortest distance between a stage finish and subsequent stage start in OVO Energy Tour of Britain history, making for two days of spectator friendly action in the North East of England.

Stage four begins alongside the famous Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and Sage Gateshead, with a route that will pass through the centre of Gateshead and past Anthony Gormley’s world famous Angel of the North sculpture.

Sunniside, Whickham and Blaydon all feature on the route through Gateshead, which heads into County Durham via High Spen.  The 171.5-kilometre (106-mile) leg will cross the Pennines to Brough before heading through the Howgill Fells to an uphill finish in the South Lakeland town of Kendal as used on three previous occasions by the OVO Energy Tour of Britain.

Stage four will feature three intermediate Eisberg sprints, sponsored by the UK’s number one alcohol-free wine brand Eisberg, and three SKODA King of the Mountains climbs, supported by official car partner SKODA.

The OVO Energy Tour of Britain’s only previous visits to Gateshead came in 2008 and 2009. 

Reaction to the news

Councillor Angela Douglas, Gateshead’s Cabinet member for Culture, Sport and Leisure, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome the return of this premier cycling event. Gateshead’s iconic Quays, the Angel of the North and our beautiful countryside will provide the riders and spectators a spectacular backdrop to this stage of this race.

 “Events of a national scale like the Tour of Britain help inspire spectators of all ages as well as providing a welcome boost to the local economy.”

Commenting on the announcement OVO Energy Tour of Britain Race Director Mick Bennett added: “It will be great to return to Gateshead 10 years on from the last visit of this country’s national tour.  We are delighted to be working with Gateshead Council for what will be an iconic start location on the banks of the River Tyne, while the race passing the Angel of the North for the first time will be very special.”

Downloads and links

Click here to visit the stage four hub | Click here to explore the 2019 OVO Energy Tour of Britain route