The countdown to the Tour of Britain’s return to Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire for what promises to be one of the most spectacular stages in race history has officially begun.

Today (Thursday 4 August) marks one month until the UK’s leading cycling event heads to the North East for what will be the most northerly Grand Départ in the Tour’s history. The stage is presented by TotalEnergies.

Over 100 of the world’s best riders will tackle a 181.3km (112.7m) stage that begins in the heart of Aberdeen city centre at 11am and culminates at the Glenshee Ski Centre (approximately 3pm) on Sunday 4 September. The route will pass through Inverurie, Insch, Glanderston, Kennethmont, Alford, Kintocher, Craskins, Tarland, Ballater and Braemar. A large crowd is expected to turn out to watch this free-to-attend sporting spectacle.

Quotes

Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain race director, said: “The opening day of the Tour of Britain is always something I look forward to, and knowing that we’re returning to Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire only makes me more eager for the race to start! It promises to be a truly spectacular day of racing, topped off with what will be a stunning finish at Glenshee Ski Centre.”

Aberdeen City Council Educational Convener, Councillor Martin Greig, said: “It is a great pleasure to welcome the international cycling community to our area. Aberdeen and the North East are natural locations for the Tour of Britain. The local scenery is magical. The environment offers great opportunities for competitive and recreational cycling. Hopefully the visitors will return again and again to enjoy our area.

“The Tour of Britain is a positive reminder of the importance of cycling. It’s good to promote cycling as a sport and as a daily green transport option. We need to keep on improving the network to ensure there is safe infrastructure for cyclists.”

Information for fans

Full stage details are available online at tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/stage-one.

Stage one will be shown live and in full on ITV4 from 10:45am on race day, with  highlights following that evening at 8pm.

Spectators wishing to drive and park at Glenshee Ski Centre for the stage finish will need to pre-book their passes: click here for more information

While fans can watch all the action by the roadside for free, race day hospitality packages offering guaranteed prime views of stage starts and finishes, as well as unforgettable experiences featuring Tour de France stage winner Dan Martin are now available. Visit sportsbreaks.com and destinationsportexperiences.com for more information.

Tour of Britain hospitality