The first-ever OVO Energy Tour of Britain stage to link all of the areas of the North of Tyne Combined Authority, with the route taking in Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle Upon Tyne is now under 50 days away.

Stage three of Britain’s biggest and most prestigious cycle race will see the world’s top riders and teams contesting a 182.2-kilometre (114-mile) route from Berwick-upon-Tweed through Northumberland, heading along the North Tyneside coast and into Wallsend, before continuing to Newcastle city centre, with a spectacular uphill finish on Grey Street.

The stage was officially launched with events at historic Berwick, Whitley Bay and by Newcastle’s iconic Grey’s Monument.

Berwick-upon-Tweed

Tweedmouth Middle School and members of the Berwick Wheelers cycle club joined Northumberland County Council Leader Peter Jackson and Cllr Cath Homer, cabinet member for culture, arts, leisure and tourism with the official OVO Energy Tour of Britain mascot, ToBi.

Cllr Jackson said: “We’re incredibly proud to be part-hosting the third stage and what better way to welcome the riders into England than in our border town of Berwick.

“Following the success of previous Northumberland stages that witnessed huge crowds throughout the county, we can’t wait to see thousands of residents and schoolchildren lining the streets to watch this year’s race.”

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Whitley Bay

In Whitley Bay, North Tyneside pupils from Wellfield Middle School greeted mascot ToBi (above) onto school grounds as they gear up for the Coast to Coast challenge from 20-23 September. Twelve Year 8 pupils are in training to take part in the 140-mile challenge from Whitehaven to Tynemouth over four days.

Elected Mayor of North Tyneside, Norma Redfearn, said: “Excitement is mounting as this prestigious race draws closer.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to support our own efforts to get more families involved in cycling, and I look forward to welcoming all the riders and spectators to our fantastic borough when the race passes through.”

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Newcastle-upon-Tyne

The final miles will see the race heading alongside the banks of the River Tyne on the Quayside, before the final turn on to Dean Street and Grey Street for a spectacular city centre finish.

North of Tyne Mayor Jamie Driscoll and Newcastle City Council’s Cllr Arlene Ainsley, cabinet member for transport and air quality, met with Tour of Britain organisers Sweetspot outside the Theatre Royal on Grey Street to discuss the Stage Three finish.

Cllr Ainsley said: “It is a pleasure for us to host the finish of the third stage of Tour of Britain in Newcastle city centre, closing what will be a wonderful weekend of sport in the city including the Great North Run and Rugby World Cup warm-up game between England and Italy.

“We love cycling events in this city, it’s a sport that has a huge following and I can’t wait to see the impact this spectacular event will have as we continue to encourage more and more people onto their bikes.”

North of Tyne Mayor Jamie Driscoll added: “The Tour of Britain is a really exciting sporting event.

“You’ve got elite cyclists coming from Berwick, along the Northumberland coast, through North Tyneside and then along the Newcastle Quayside, with an uphill sprint finish along Grey Street to the Theatre Royal, all in a single day. I’m a keen cyclist, but this stage is a test of endurance that’s worthy of admiration!

“Our challenge is to get the message across that you don’t have to be super fit to take up cycling. As a means of transport and just staying healthy it’s a great way to tackle the climate emergency we’re facing. And the lycra is strictly optional.”

Downloads and links

Click here to visit the stage three hub | Click here to download a stage three leaflet (PDF)