The historic seaside town of Ryde will host the start of the Tour of Britain final stage this September, securing its place in what will be the biggest sporting event to ever take place on the island.

Over 100 of the world’s best riders will compete on the island, with a large crowd comprising both local residents and race fans expected to turn out for this unforgettable, free-to-watch spectacle on Sunday 11 September.

Ryde is no stranger to cycling, having previously hosted the opening round of the Tour Series, the leading domestic racing series, that is also run by Tour of Britain organiser SweetSpot.

Video: Relive the Tour Series’ visit to Ryde in May 2015
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The race’s 2022 finale has been two years in the making, with preliminary details having first been announced in July 2020. The full route for stage eight and its finish location will be revealed in due course.

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Councillor Julie Jones-Evans, cabinet member for regeneration and business development, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the stunning landscapes of the Island as a top class cycling and holiday destination, as well as providing a stern test for the riders in what will be a challenging finale.

“I hope our local communities and businesses embrace having this prestigious, high profile event on the Island and take full advantage of the array of opportunities it has to offer. It’s going to be a brilliant occasion — one we as a council are proud to be involved with.”

Councillor Michael Lilley, Mayor of Ryde, added: “As mayor, I am delighted to hear the great news that the Tour of Britain is starting on the Isle of Wight from Ryde. 

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our historic town’s economy and community. Ryde Town Council are committed to the Isle of Wight UNESCO Biosphere status and a strong green agenda.

“Therefore, celebrating a major cycling event in our town will enable residents and tourists to embrace, enjoy and health-wise benefit cycling as a first choice of mode of transport for work, leisure and tourism.

“This will contribute to reduction of climate change and mental well-being. Ryde has so much to offer visitors to the with events throughout the year and the Tour of Britain will be a crowning glory to our event programme.”