A free Carlisle Cycle Sunday event will be held as part of the build up to city hosting the stage start of the Tour of Britain. Organised by Carlisle City Council, with the support of Cumbria County Council and the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, the event will be held outside the Old Town Hall in Carlisle’s city centre pedestrianised area between 11am and 3pm on Sunday 4 September.

This will include FREE family activities including:

  • Trade stands: Border City Wheelers, Brampton and Longtown Rotary Club’s bike juicer, British Cycling and Watchtree Wheelers
  • Savage Bike Skills stunt BMX displays at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm
  • Get Cycling cycled powered velodrome and BMX bike track
  • Face painting and balloon modelling
  • Street entertainment provided by the Bread and Butter Theatre Company.

The family fun day will be held the day before Carlisle welcomes back the Tour of Britain. On Monday 5 September, the city will once again welcome back the international cycling event. 

Local cyclists will be leading off the elite Tour of Britain cyclists as part of this year’s Carlisle stage start.

The 188.2km leg will take many of the world’s leading cyclists, including some medal- winning Olympians, south to Kendal. It will be the fourth time that Carlisle has hosted a start of the Tour of Britain, having previously hosted the race in 2005, 2012 and 2013.

Carlisle City Council has invited local cycling groups to join in with the event. British Cycling will lead off the cyclists who will cycle from the start line, past the Citadel, around The Crescent onto Lowther Street and then stop at the end of Bank Street. 

The Carlisle start will be in the city centre pedestrianised area, outside the Old Town Hall. The warm up begins at 9am for an 11am start. 

The return of the Tour of Britain to Cumbria on Monday 5 September is a welcome opportunity to showcase the county’s flood recovery work as well as provide a boost to the local economy following the winter storms.

The extensive media coverage the event brings will demonstrate Cumbria is open for business and highlight infrastructure repair work, including key roads and bridges across the county damaged in the December storms. During the Cumbria stage of the Tour of Britain, riders will pass through some of the communities worst affected by last winter’s storms and flooding.

The route through Carlisle is as follows: City Centre – English Street – The Crescent – Lowther Street – Drover’s Lane – West Tower Street – Castle Way – Caldewgate  – Castle Way – Hardwicke Circus – Georgian Way – Victoria Place – Warwick Road – Eastern Way – London Road – Cumwhinton Road – Cumwhinton – Cotehill – Armathwaite

It will head through the heart of Cumbria and the Lake District and passing through Penrith, Cockermouth, Keswick and Ambleside, before the finish atop the testing 11% climb of Beast Banks in Kendal.

You can find an interactive map of the full Stage Two route here as well as a download of the race timings (ETA) for the Cumbrian stage.

The Cumbria stage of the Tour of Britain is sponsored by the following organisations: United Utilities, Carlisle City Council, Allerdale Borough Council, Eden District Council, South Lakeland District Council, University of Cumbria, Lake District National Park Authority and Cumbria County Council.

The Tour of Britain will begin in Glasgow on Sunday 4 September and finish in the heart of London on Sunday 11 September. Following on from the Cumbrian stage the race will re-start in Congleton, Cheshire East on Tuesday 6 September for a stage to Tatton Park, Knutsford.

Subsequent stages will take the race to Wales and the South West of England, including a summit finish at Haytor on Dartmoor and a challenging circuit race in Bristol on the penultimate day.

For the fifth successive year fans can look forward to enjoying daily live coverage of all eight stages on ITV4, with the channel broadcasting a three-hour live programme from each stage, plus one-hour of highlights every evening during the race.

Chain Reaction Cycles continue their partnership with the race and sponsorship of the Chain Reaction Cycles Points Classification, won in 2015 by Team WIGGIN’s Owain Doull, while UK parcel carrier Yodel will continue to sponsor the daily intermediate Yodel Sprints classification, which Peter Williams of ONE Pro Cycling won last September.

ŠKODA remain official car suppliers and sponsors of the King of the Mountains jersey, also won by Williams in 2015.

The Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event giving cycling fans the opportunity to see the world’s best teams and riders competing on their door step.