South Lakeland is gearing up to welcome some of the world’s best road cycle racers when the Tour of Britain pedals its way through the district on Monday, 5 September. The second stage of the race, which starts in Carlisle and takes place entirely within Cumbria, will pass through Grasmere, Ambleside, Windermere and Bowness en-route to the finish line at the top of Beast Banks in Kendal.

Spectators are being encouraged to line the route to cheer on the riders, with popular viewing points in South Lakeland likely to include the Yodel sprint section in Grasmere, where time bonuses will be available and points towards the Yodel Sprints Jersey, the SKODA King of the Mountains climb up The Struggle, as it climbs a steep 394 metres out of Ambleside to the summit of Kirkstone Pass, and in Kendal town centre to see the drama of the stage finish.
 
Stage Two of British Cycling’s premier road cycling event has been planned to showcase the county’s flood recovery work as well as providing a boost to the local economy following the winter storms.
 
The extensive media coverage the event brings, including three-hours of live coverage on ITV4, will highlight infrastructure repair work including key roads and bridges across the county damaged in the December storms.
 
During the 188.2km Cumbria stage of the Tour of Britain, riders will pass through some of the communities worst affected by last winter’s storms and flooding, including taking in the newly-reopened section of the A591 at Dunmail Raise, the temporary bridge at Pooley Bridge and repaired roads in Carlisle and Kendal.

You can view an interactive map of the stage, download a PDF map and profile and view the full ETA by clicking here.

Key points and timings for South Lakeland section of the Tour of Britain:

2.06pm-2.45pm – A591 riders approaching Grasmere
2.13pm-2.54pm – Yodel Sprint – Broadgate/Church Stile, Grasmere
2.18pm-3pm – A591 Rydal
2.20pm-3.03pm – Arrive Ambleside
2.21pm-3.04pm – Start of King of the Mountains – The Struggle, Ambleside
2.28pm-3.12pm – Finish of King of the Mountains – Kirkstone Inn, Kirkstone Pass
2.37pm-3.23pm – Rayrigg Road, Windermere
2.39pm-3.25pm – A592/Promenade, Bowness
2.41pm-3.27pm – Longtail Hill, Bowness
2.47pm-3.36pm – B5284 Crook
2.52pm-3.41pm – Windermere Road, Kendal
2.54pm-3.44pm – Stricklandgate/Highgate, Kendal
2.55pm-3.45pm – Stage Finish – Beast Banks, Kendal

NB: Timings are approximate. Earlier time refers to expected times for lead riders, later time for when most riders are expected to have passed.

""When the second stage of the Tour finished in Kendal in 2013, the county received an estimated £4.1m economic benefit from the race. TV coverage of the 2013 stage showcased Cumbria to over 150 countries around the world.

An average of 435,000 British viewers watched the second stage live on ITV4, with the highlights programme later in the day recording the highest viewing figures of all the eight stages and an average reach of 696,000 viewers.

More than 15,000 people lined the streets in Kendal to cheer on cyclists at the 2013 stage finish, and this year's event will again feature 20 of the world's top cycle teams, including the likes of Team Sky and a Great Britain national team.

Spectators planning to attend the stage finish in Kendal will find plenty to do in the town while they wait for the race to arrive, with a ‘promo village’ featuring the stands of race sponsors close to the finish line at Beast Banks and other stalls and activities centred around Market Place. A big screen will be showing the race inside Kendal Town Hall during the afternoon.

Residents are being advised that the visit of the Tour will require some rolling road closures along the route and in Kendal some full road closures around the finish location.

This means roads on the race route will be temporarily shut to traffic for approximately one hour before, during and after the race has gone through but will be re-opened as soon as possible.

At the finish location at Greenside and Beast Banks in Kendal a number of roads in the vicinity will need to be closed from 11pm on Sunday, 4 September, until 10pm on Monday, 5 September, to allow for the finish line facilities to be put in place.

Letters have been sent to all affected residents and a drop-in event to allow residents to view the traffic management details and ask any questions is being held at Kendal Town Hall on Thursday, 25 August, from 3pm to 7pm.

South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) is co-ordinating arrangements around the stage finish in Kendal and has also helped to fund another big screen in Ambleside, which has been arranged by Ambleside Together, the community-led group that launched a Love Ambleside campaign following December’s floods.

The big screen will be broadcasting live coverage of the stage from 1pm to 4pm, so cycling fans can continue to watch the race before and after it has passed through the town.

Councillor Chris Hogg, Culture and Wellbeing portfolio holder at SLDC, said: “It is wonderful to have the Tour of Britain return to South Lakeland.

“I am sure this will provide a significant boost to the local economy and inspire people to get cycling. 

“SLDC has an excellent track record of delivering on these types of events, but we also place great emphasis on the importance of the environment and the health and wellbeing of our residents.

“We will continue to work with partners and promote cycling across the district, supporting schemes such as British Cycling’s Sky Ride Local programme, which offers free guided bike rides in South Lakeland. 

“Our focus is to get more people to cycle as part of their daily routine, not just for leisure but also for things such as commuting, which is great for your health and the environment."

Mick Bennett, Race Director for the Tour of Britain said: “This year’s Tour of Britain will be a great opportunity for the people of Cumbria to showcase their county and the beautiful scenery while at the same time providing a stern test for the riders in what will be a challenging stage. 

“The route has been designed to take in many of the communities affected by the flooding, while at the same time incorporating iconic climbs like The Struggle, so we can’t wait to see the Cumbrian crowds lining the route.”

The Cumbria stage of the Tour of Britain is sponsored by the following organisations: United Utilities, Carlisle City Council, Allerdale Borough Council, Eden District Council, South Lakeland District Council, University of Cumbria, Lake District National Park Authority and Cumbria County Council.

For more information about the Tour of Britain stage in South Lakeland visit: www.southlakeland.gov.uk/tourofbritain2016

You can relieve the 2013 Kendal stage finish of the Tour of Britain below.