The countdown is on to the Tour of Britain’s first-ever full stage in Gloucestershire and South Gloucester.

This year’s seventh and penultimate stage will cover 170.9 kilometres (106.3 miles) between the medieval market town of Tewkesbury and the finish alongside the historic Gloucester Docks on Saturday 9 September.

The route – which takes in Bishops Cleeve, Winchcombe, Cirencester, Tetbury, Chipping Sodbury, Yate, Dursley, and Stroud – is that originally scheduled to feature in last year’s Tour of Britain until cancellation following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

Riders will face more than 2,200 metres of ascent on an undulating route that will start from Church Street in Tewkesbury at 11am, with the estimated finish time on Southgate Street in Gloucester between 2:54pm and 3:43pm.

The picturesque route features two categorised King of the Mountains locations at Winchcombe Hill (2.8 kilometres average 7.2% gradient) after 18 kilometres of racing, and Crawley Hill above Uley (4.6 kilometres with a maximum gradient of 21.5%) and an intermediate cottages.com sprint on Kingshill Road in Dursley with points available towards the cottages.com Points jersey.

A thrilling finale into the cathedral city of Gloucester is guaranteed, as the closing 30 kilometres feature the climbs of Crawley Hill and Painswick (3km long, average gradient of 5%, maximum of 15.8%). The latter, located 12 kilometres to the south east of the finish line, will likely see some of the day’s most thrilling racing.

With the start and finish locations separated by a little over 10 miles and a bus fare from Tewkesbury to Gloucester costing just £2 for a single fare, fans will easily be able to attend both on race day.

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Councillor Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to bring the Tour of Britain and world-class cyclists to Gloucestershire. This route will showcase what is so great about Gloucestershire, passing through the Cotswolds and Stroud on its way from Tewkesbury to Gloucester. Events like the Tour of Britain are key to helping our economy thrive and showcase, to a significant international audience, all that Gloucestershire has to offer.”

Councillor Claire Young, Leader of South Gloucestershire Council, added: “We are excited to welcome the Tour of Britain to South Gloucestershire this September. The event is a great way to bring communities together to spectate as the riders pass through our countryside, towns, and villages and will also showcase our wonderful area to its global audience of millions. The excitement of the race has the potential to inspire more people to get out on their bikes in the local area and enjoy the benefits of cycling and travelling sustainably.”

About stage seven

After starting at Tewkesbury at 11am the times for key points along the route through Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire are as follows (based on the expected race times): Winchcombe Hill (11:44am); Cirencester (12:42pm); Tetbury (1:16pm); Yate (1:54pm); Wotton-under-Edge (2:21pm); Dursley (2:34pm); and Stroud (2:58pm).

Click here for full details of stage seven.