A much-anticipated return to Yorkshire and first-ever full stages in Dorset and Gloucestershire will feature in the 2022 Tour of Britain, the first details of which have been revealed today.

The host regions for this year’s edition of Britain’s leading cycle race (Sunday 4 – 11 September) combine a return to areas familiar to the Tour with those that will see the free-to-watch event continue to break new ground in 2022.

This year’s Tour of Britain will visit the following regions:

  • Stage one | Sunday 4 September | Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire
  • Stage two | Monday 5 September | Scotland
  • Stage three | Tuesday 6 September | North East of England and Sunderland
  • Stage four | Wednesday 7 September | Redcar & Cleveland and North Yorkshire
  • Stage five | Thursday 8 September | Nottinghamshire
  • Stage six | Friday 9 September | Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire
  • Stage seven | Saturday 10 September | Dorset
  • Stage eight | Sunday 11 September | Isle of Wight
Video: Relive the 2021 Tour of Britain, won by Wout Van Aert (Team Jumbo – Visma)
2022 route details

Never before will the Tour of Britain have started so far north than when Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire hosts the race’s Grand Départ on Sunday 4 September, one year on from the region welcoming the final stage of the 2021 race. The Tour will start from the city of Aberdeen, where a full weekend of activities to run alongside the race, including the Scottish Cycling Criterium Championships, is planned. The stage will finish in spectacular style in Aberdeenshire, taking a different route to the one raced in 2021, bringing the event into the heart of brand new communities.

For the third edition running, Scotland will host multiple days of the race as part of the country’s commitment to hosting world-class racing ahead of the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships. More details and the location of stage two will be announced in due course. The Tour’s first foray into England comes on stage three, which will take in the North East and Sunderland. While a new venue to the modern race, Sunderland has recent experience welcoming cycling events, having hosted a round of the Tour Series domestic racing event last year.

The race’s fanbase will be buoyed by the news that the Tour will return to Yorkshire for stage four (Wednesday 7 September) for the first time since 2009, when York welcomed the opening day’s finish. A hotbed of cycling in the UK, a large crowd is anticipated for this stage, which will begin in the seaside town of Redcar and promises to be a must watch.

The Tour returns to familiar terrain on day five as it heads to Nottinghamshire for the first time since 2018. The county has an acclaimed list of stage winners to its name, with former world champion Tom Boonen (2004); Tour de France stage winners Matteo Trentin (2015) and Fernando Gaviria (2017); and British rider Ian Stannard (2018) all previously victorious in Robin Hood Country.

While the 2016 race passed through the county, and the penultimate day of the 2017 event culminated in Cheltenham, picturesque Gloucestershire will host an entire stage of the Tour for the first time on Friday 9 September. The route will also take in South Gloucestershire. Stage six will mark the first of three-consecutive stages to take place in regions entirely new to the race, as he historic county of Dorset makes its race debut on the penultimate day.

This will be followed by a spectacular finale to the 2022 Tour of Britain across the Solent on the Isle of Wight. Known worldwide for its annual music festival, the island will host its biggest-ever sporting event when this year’s overall champion is crowned on Sunday 11 September. The 2022 finale has been two years in the making, having first been announced in July 2020, with today’s announcement confirming that the seaside town of Ryde will host the start of the final stage.Tour of Britain awards

Photo: The 2021 Tour of Britain podium: left to right – Ethan Hayter (INEOS Grenadiers), race winner Wout Van Aert (Team Jumbo – Visma) and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step)

About the Tour of Britain

Last year’s star-studded race was won by Belgian rider Wout van Aert (Team Jumbo – Visma), with reigning world road race champion Julian Alaphilippe finishing third overall.

A roadside crowd of over one million spectators resulted in the Tour of Britain generating £29.96m of net economic benefit for the UK economy, according to research by Frontline. The race is a finalist in the Sporting Event of the Year category at the Event Production Awards, which takes place in London next Thursday (17 February).

ITV4 will continue to broadcast live flag-to-flag coverage of every stage, as well as a nightly highlights show, allowing fans in the UK to watch wherever they are. The race will also be shown in over 150 countries worldwide, in part thanks to the event’s partnerships with Eurosport and the Global Cycling Network.

While spectators can watch all the action by the roadside for free, race day hospitality packages offer guaranteed prime views of stage starts and finishes, complete with fine dining experiences. Visit sportsbreaks.com/Cycling for more information.

With the cycling industry enjoying a continued boom in the UK, there are hundreds of thousands of new and returning cyclists taking to two wheels. The Tour of Britain and Women’s Tour, the UK’s leading cycle races, have a number of sponsorship opportunities available in 2022. Packages range from title partnerships of the events to sponsorship of the prestigious jerseys and daily awards.