After a year’s absence the OVO Energy Tour of Britain returns to the South West of England on Stage Two, which also represented the race’s 10th visit to Devon in the past 12 years. Day two of this year’s race departs from the UK’s newest town – Cranbrook – and finishes in Barnstaple, which last welcomed the race back in 2012.

Stage Two’s final climb, the one-kilometre ascent of Challacombe, near Woolacombe (which averages 13%), is situated close enough to the finish to encourage attacks while also enabling the sprinters’ teams to mobilise their trains in support of their leaders. A nail-biting finale awaits!

Cranbrook
Host venue for the first time

Stage Two will start in Cranbrook, one of Devon’s newest towns. Situated in the beautiful East Devon countryside, vibrant Cranbrook is less than six miles from the Cathedral City of Exeter and has easy access to the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Cranbrook is not only a young town in terms of the age of its buildings, but also its residents. There are almost four times as many 0-4-year-olds in the town than the UK average and roughly double the amount of 25-34-year-olds!

And Cranbrook is unique in being the only town in the South West to be designated a ‘Healthy New Town’ by NHS England.  Activities like cycling are a large part of that, with designated cycle routes through the town, an Active Mums cycling group, and the newly created Cranbrook cycling club.

The town is delighted to be hosting the stage start, and is looking forward to welcoming visitors with a party atmosphere and fun activities before the riders set off across the county.

If you would like to join us this summer, find us at visitdevon.co.uk.

To see why Devon is the #PlaceToBe for cyclists, visit exploredevon.info.

Barnstaple
Host venue for the second time

The thriving market town of Barnstaple, with its rich history stretching back hundreds of years, is the finish location for the 2018 Devon stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain. Situated on the beautiful River Taw, the former trading port is now a key location on the traffic-free Tarka Trail cycle route.

On their way to Barnstaple, the peloton will travel through three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, skirt along the western borders of Exmoor National Park and visit the North Devon Biosphere Reserve.

There will be a surprise in store for the riders when they travel through the centre of South Molton’s famous indoor pannier market – the first time the Tour of Britain has ever been through a building!

North Devon is famously home to some of the best beaches in the country, and the race will speed by holiday makers and surfers as they pass the spectacular scenery and beautiful beaches of Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton Sands.

The Devon stage, as always, promises to be some of the most unpredictable and explosive racing of the whole OVO Energy Tour of Britain, so don’t miss out!

For more information about the Devon stage, including all the spectator information you need to make the most of your stay, visit the Devon Tour of Britain website or follow on Twitter @DevonToB.