Dorset procyclist Danni Shrosbree is counting down the days until the AJ Bell Tour of Britain, the UK’s leading cycling event, races through her home county for the first time this September.

Shrosbree, who races for the CAMS – Basso team, competed in the Women’s Tour – the sister event of the AJ Bell Tour of Britain – in June and claimed the Adyen combativity award for her efforts on day one of the UCI Women’s WorldTour race.

The 28-year-old believes that the stage, which that will see over 100 of the world’s best riders tackle a 175.9km (109.4mi) route from the West Bay Esplanade to the heart of Ferndown on Saturday 10 September, will be as spectacular as it is challenging.

“I am super excited to watch the Tour of Britain around the roads I grew up on,” said Shrosbree. “Dorset hasn’t had enough exposure within the professional side of cycling, so I believe after the Tour of Britain everyone will be down to cycle on the beautiful, undulating coastal roads. Hopefully we’ll see some more bike racing too!

“As the riders climb out of Weymouth towards Lulworth there will be sections that get pretty narrow throughout. The first climb will be a small bite on the legs, however the second [ŠKODA King of the Mountains] climb, Whiteways Hill, is one of my favourite climbs. Every time I come home, I have to go up it!

“It’s only around four-to-five minutes, but the views as you climb up are sensational, it’s also slightly deceiving around the first corner – it gets pretty steep.”

Photo: Corfe Castle’s Norman fortress will be an unmistakable sight along the stage seven route

“After this climb, the riders will have a fast descent down to the iconic Corfe Castle. As they come off Steeple, which is steep, they will need to have their wits about them! From Corfe they will turn left up a slight kicker then continue along a fast and wide road to Wareham. I expect a lot will be chasing back on here from splits in the narrow lanes and punchy climbs. The roads are wider here until they head towards Milborne St Andrews, where again they become smaller, undulating lanes.

“The riders will descend down Bulbarrow, which is a famous climb for the locals and where I have done many intervals during training myself.

“The back half of the race after Blandford will again be on wider roads and it passes through the beautiful Wimborne Minster, which is where I went to school. There is likely to be a big crowd here watching the riders, which I am sure at this point they will appreciate!

“As the riders come back in from north Dorset towards Ferndown it will be a fast finish. I am sure the bunch will have been whittled down a lot, but teams will have worked to ensure their sprinters are looked after and if dropped brought back in for the finish.”

Danni Shrosbree

Photo: Shrosbree receives the Adyen combativity award during the Women’s Tour 2022

Discover stage seven

 Over 100 of the world’s best riders will tackle a 175.9km (109.4mi) stage that begins on the Esplanade at West Bay (11am) and culminates in the heart of Ferndown (approximately 3pm) on Saturday 10 September. The route will pass alongside the historic Jurassic Coast, through Abbotsbury, Weymouth, Dorchester, West Lulworth, Corfe Castle, Wareham, Bere Regis, Blandford Forum and Wimborne Minster. A large crowd is expected to turn out to watch this free-to-attend sporting spectacle.

Full stage details are available online at tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/stage-seven.

Stage seven will be shown live and in full on ITV4 from 10:45am on race day, with highlights following that evening at 8pm.

While fans can watch all the action by the roadside for free, race day hospitality packages offering guaranteed prime views of stage starts and finishes, as well as unforgettable experiences featuring Tour de France stage winner Dan Martin are now available. Visit sportsbreaks.com and destinationsportexperiences.com for more information.

Tour of Britain hospitality