Gloucestershire’s first-ever full stage of the Tour of Britain, the UK’s leading cycle race, will feature Tewkesbury, the Cotswolds and a finish alongside the historic Gloucester Docks.

Organisers SweetSpot have more details of stage six (Friday 9 September), which promises to be one of the most picturesque in the event’s modern history.

The medieval market town of Tewkesbury will host the stage start, before over 100 of the world’s best riders head into the Cotswolds and South Gloucestershire during the 169-kilometre (105-mile) route.

A thrilling finale into the cathedral city of Gloucester is guaranteed, as the closing 30 kilometres feature the climbs of Crawley Hill (4.6km long, maximum gradient of 21.5%) 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, fans will easily be able to attend both on race day, which will further add to the atmosphere at this free-to-watch sporting spectacle.

Gloucestershire County Council’s commitment to supporting tourism and active travel will see the Women’s Tour, the UK’s most prestigious women’s cycle race, also visit the county in 2022 for a Tewkesbury to Gloucester stage (Wednesday 8 June, albeit using a different route).

While the 2016 race passed through the county, and the penultimate day of the 2017 event culminated in Cheltenham, this will be the first stage set entirely in Gloucestershire. On average, the net economic benefit of hosting a stage of the Tour of Britain since 2016 has been worth £3.5m to venues.

Stage map

Quotes

Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain race director, said: “The Gloucestershire stage of the Tour of Britain really has it all: an historic start location, stunning scenery, challenging climbs and a brilliant finish venue. We’re thrilled that the 2022 race is able to feature our first-ever full stage of the Tour in the county and we thank Gloucestershire County Council for their support. Of course, before that, we cannot wait to also bring the Women’s Tour, the UK’s most prestigious women’s race, to Gloucestershire in June!”

Mark Hawthorne, Leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “With details of the fantastic route the men’s tour will take through Gloucestershire now revealed, we can all begin making plans for where in the county we’ll go to watch cycling’s most elite race. We are also thrilled that we’ve been able to secure a stage of the Woman’s Tour for Gloucestershire. Although details of the route the woman’s race will take are yet to be announced, we are confident wherever you live in the county, the tour will be coming to a town or village near you. The benefits to the county from having two stages will be significant so I hope everyone is getting excited, I know I am!”

Councillor Toby Savage, leader of South Gloucestershire Council, said: “We are delighted that the Tour of Britain will be visiting South Gloucestershire in September for stage six of the race. The Tour presents an excellent way to showcase our beautiful area to its viewers as the cyclists pass through some of our towns, villages and countryside. The event will help bring local communities together as they spectate from their own neighbourhoods and hopefully provide an economic boost to local shops and businesses too.”

Full stage details

An interactive stage map, SKODA King of the Mountains and sprint locations, full timetable, and local resident information will be released in advance of race day on Friday 9 September.