This year the overall winner of the Tour of Britain will be awarded with a bespoke Crystal trophy, created by Cumbria Crystal who is the last remaining manufacturer of it’s kind in the UK.

The London podium which has seen the likes of Edvald Boasson Hagen, Dylan Van Baarle and Sir Bradley Wiggins in recent year’s all collecting the overall winners prize, will soon welcome a new victor to the history books with the 2016 edition of the race only a matter of weeks away.
After seven grueling stages the world’s best riders take on the final stage on an iconic central London circuit (11 Sept) where this year’s overall winner will receive a trophy fit for a king – a bespoke, hand-crafted glass bowl which has been created by Cumbria Crystal, the last producer of completely hand-blown and hand-cut, full-lead English crystal in the United Kingdom.
Based in the small Lake District town of Ulverston, a region that has seen previous editions of The Tour pass through it and plays host to Stage 2 of the 2016 race Carlisle to Kendal, you will find 22 highly skilled artisans who are committed to making superb crystal of the highest quality, using techniques and processes that have hardly changed since the Roman era.

""The masters at work – Cumbria Crystal. 

Such is the quality of their work it’s hardly surprising that Cumbria Crystal is the crystal of choice for the British Embassies, many Royal Families and Luxury Stores worldwide. It has been featured extensively in almost every episode of Downton Abbey, James Bond and numerous period dramas as it epitomizes luxury living. October will see the 3rd series of Poldark air and once again it is to be featured heavily.
Chris Blade, Managing Director of Cumbria Crystal said,
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to support the Tour of Britain. Glassmakers, like cyclists, train for years to develop the skills and stamina required to perform optimally and this trophy is a magnificent example of the skills, dedication and artistry our artisans possess. Each piece of crystal passes through the hands of at least seven craftsmen and women and takes between 10-14 days to complete.
It is appropriate that the trophy – crafted through sweat, endurance, heat and energy will mirror the achievements and efforts of the competitors. We hope winner will see the trophy not just as a symbol of recognition for their heroic efforts, but as a lasting testament to the dedication required to becoming the best, whether in the arena of sports or the arts”
Hugh Roberts – SweetSpot CEO said,
“The Tour of Britain travels around the UK showing off the best that this nation has to offer, whether it is our rich and varied landscape, historical locations, important cities or quaint villages. The race attracts over a million spectators who watch it free of charge and the TV pictures are broadcast to over 150 countries around the world. We are proud to be promoting all things British and now by working with Cumbria Crystal we are delighted to be able to support and celebrate Britain’s rich and illustrious history of craftsmanship and manufacturing.
Their bespoke trophy will be a fantastic edition to our final podium ceremony and we would like to commend all that have worked on the piece for their skill and dedication to their craft"
To find out more about Cumbria Crystals, view their product range or perhaps visit their workshop and see the masters in action check out their website here
What’s New in 2016?
Three new contemporary Collections are being developed to celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary and to attract customers who might not traditionally think of purchasing cut crystal, but who demand exceptional craftsmanship and design. The company is currently working with award winning designer Peter Ting, whose name is synonymous with luxury goods, to develop a Collection called Boogie Woogie. Dr Jessamy Kelly, a lecturer in glass at Edinburgh University and ex-designer from Edinburgh Crystal is developing two further Collections – Loop and Palm.  The Collections will be launched 2nd – 6th September 2016 at Maison et Objet, Paris.
In March 2015 Chris Blade MA (RCA) was appointed Managing Director. His appointment has helped the company develop new products, initiatives and strategic alliances that will help secure the heritage of luxury English glassmaking over the coming years.
In recent years the company secured support through ERDF and in 2016 won an Innovus development grant, amongst other things, enabling the commissioning of a smaller furnace capable of expanding the company capabilities to include colour and enable Lake District visitors to try glass blowing.
In 2016/17 the company intends to extend its brand into new markets including Japan, China and North America.