The AJ Bell Tour of Britain will return this weekend after a two-year hiatus, although things may look and feel a little different to normal.

We’re delighted to be back and we cannot wait to see the faces of our long-standing fans, as well as those people who have never previously attended the event, particularly since over half of the start and finishes venues in 2021 are new.

However, as part of the protocols we’re required to introduce to ensure that the race is safe and secure for everybody involved, we would like to remind spectators of the following details:

  • The team paddock will be closed to spectators at ALL stage starts and finishes.
  • Following consultation with local stakeholders and the Welsh Government, the stage starts in Llandeilo (stage three, Tuesday 7 September) and Aberaeron (stage four, Wednesday 8 September) will also be closed to the public. Only race staff, team personnel and hospitality guests will be permitted.
  • Follow local health guidance and protocols – do not travel if you have any COVID-19 symptoms. Racegoers travelling between countries should note the COVID-19 rules and guidance in Wales and Scotland.

 

These are only planned to be one-year protocols – we love being part of such an accessible sport and seeing the reaction of fans when they meet riders!

Additionally, essential race day information – including details of sustainable transport, vehicle access and parking, and local amenities – can be found in our spectator guides.

Tour of Britain COVID-19

Additionally, if you plan to watch the race at any time across the eight stages you should remember the following advice:

  • Have a plan B – if you arrive to any point on the routes and find it busy, please be prepared to move on to another location.
  • Take personal responsibility – only stay at a location if you have space. Consider wearing a mask if it makes you feel safer.
  • Give people space – avoid crowded areas and remember face coverings are advised as they often help others to feel safe.
  • Respect the safety of the riders – please give them space as they pass along the routes. Please note that you will not be able to access the team parking areas at the start and finishes.
  • Travel sustainably where possible – can you cycle or walk safely to the location where you want to watch the race pass? Is public transport an option? Parking is limited, particularly on rural stretches, and we encourage fans to avoid leaving vehicles along the route.

About the 2021 AJ Bell Tour of Britain

The 17th edition of the modern AJ Bell Tour of Britain will break new ground, taking the world’s best riders on a south-to-north journey from Cornwall to Aberdeen in just eight days. British sporting hero Mark Cavendish, reigning world champion Julian Alaphilippe and Tokyo 2020 medallist Wout van Aert are among the star names in action.

Click here to discover the stages | Click here to discover the competing riders