Cornwall will host the Tour of Britain for the first time ever in September 2020, with the Grand Depart of next year’s race seeing riders travel 170 kilometres through the Cornish countryside, starting in Penzance and ending in Bodmin.

The stage’s provisional route (subject to final approval) will also visit St Just, St Ives, Hayle, Camborne, Pool, Redruth, Falmouth, Penryn, Truro, Newquay, St Austell and the Eden Project.

An agreement to hold the race was confirmed at a special signing ceremony with the Tour of Britain organiser SweetSpot and Cornwall Council at Chy Trevail in Bodmin in March 2019.

Not only will the race’s visit be the biggest-ever sporting event to take place in the county, it will also give a massive boost to Cornwall’s economy. Independent economic reports estimate that the race will generate over £3 million of extra spending within Cornwall over the stage and it is hoped that around 180,000 people will line the roads to watch.

The Tour of Britain stage in Cornwall will also present an opportunity for national and local businesses to sponsor the event. Click here for more information.

Further details of the Cornish stage will be announced in the autumn, followed by the race’s national launch in Spring 2020.