GKN Aerospace have today been unveiled as the official fan hub sponsor of the Isle of Wight stage of this year’s Tour of Britain, which takes place on Sunday 11 September.

More than 100 of the world’s top cyclists will be racing from Ryde to a thrilling uphill finish at The Needles in a 148.9-kilometre stage that will take in Sandown, Yarmouth, Cowes, Newport, and Ventnor as well as many other communities across the island.

Through the partnership GKN Aerospace will be the presenting partner of the Tour Villages at the start in Ryde and the finish of the stage at The Needles.  GKN Aerospace will also be supporting communities across the Isle of Wight to celebrate the Tour of Britain’s arrival through special ‘Tour Takeover’ packs that will be available in the build-up to the race.

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. As a global company serving the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers, GKN Aerospace develops, builds and supplies an extensive range of advanced aerospace systems, components and technologies for use in Defence and Commercial aircraft ranging from helicopters, business jets, passenger planes to the most advanced fighter aircraft. GKN Aerospace operates in 12 countries at 38 manufacturing locations employing approximately 15,000 people.

GKN Aerospace has two facilities in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight where they design, manufacture, test and repair high performance aircraft structures and systems, employing the company’s distinct competencies in major assemblies and composite structures for the global aerospace market.

GKN Aerospace join Wightlink and Mountbatten as partners of the Isle of Wight’s first-ever Tour of Britain stage.


John Pritchard, President Civil Airframe GKN Aerospace, said: “It is great to be partnering with the Tour Series and to support this fantastic bike-racing event. GKN Aerospace is the global technology leader in innovative lightweight composite aircraft components. Lightweight composites are also a key material for racing bikes. We are a good match and we cannot wait to get involved.”

Councillor Julie Jones-Evans, Cabinet member for regeneration and business development at the Isle of Wight Council, said: “It’s fantastic to have one of the world’s leading aerospace suppliers, and such a prominent Island employer, supporting the Isle of Wight stage of the Tour of Britain.

“As we edge closer to the event, I’m excited to hear more about the special ‘Tour Takeover’ packs which will support our local communities celebrate this most wonderful occasion. The positive support of GKN is most welcome and continues the good news as we build up to the big day!”

Will Myles, Managing Director at Visit Isle of Wight, said: “I am very pleased to welcome the support from GKN on the Isle of Wight stage of the Tour of Britain.

“The support from local people and companies is very welcome. The Tour of Britain is an incredible opportunity to show the UK – and millions of viewers across the world – how fantastic the Island is as a destination, not just as a mecca for cycling, but also as a welcoming and fun place for all visitors.”

About the Isle of Wight stage

The Tour of Britain will become the biggest-ever sporting event to take place on Isle of Wight soil when the race finishes there on Sunday 11 September.

Stage eight promises unforgettable for riders and fans alike, owing to the spectacular route from Ryde to The Needles. Not only will the route showcase the island to a worldwide TV audience – its county town of Newport, as well as the popular tourist locations of Cowes, Sandown, Shanklin, Totland, Ventnor and Yarmouth all feature – fans will be able to catch the race in multiple locations owing to the way it loops around the Isle.

The final 20 kilometres will take the peloton along the stunning Military Road, which offers breathtaking panoramic views out across the English Channel, towards The Needles Landmark Attraction. This year’s race culminates with a two-kilometre climb up to Tennyson Down, the final 400 metres of which average a gradient of 9.6%, making it the toughest ending to any Tour of Britain in modern history.

Full stage timings can be found here.