Gateshead Council is thrilled to confirm Britain’s biggest professional cycle race, the Tour of Britain, will be returning to Gateshead in September.

The race arrives on Friday 10 September, with the finale of stage six taking place alongside the world-famous Angel of the North.

This is the fourth time that Gateshead has hosted a stage of the Tour of Britain event – it previously hosted the race in 2008, 2009 and 2019 – but this year will be the first time a stage has culminated alongside Sir Antony Gormley’s famed sculpture. Stage six departs from Carlisle in Cumbria.

About Gateshead

We want to use the visit of the Tour of Britain as an opportunity for the people of Gateshead to leave their cars at home, to help us make this an enjoyable day where we celebrate not only the joy of cycling, but also promote a traffic-free environment around the event, so everyone can breathe clean air and help reduce carbon emissions.

School children across the borough are also getting behind the event and showing their support by creating designs for a jersey themed around climate change and how active travel can make a huge difference to improve air quality.

Gateshead declared a climate emergency in 2019 and is committed to all council operations going carbon neutral by 2030.

Our carbon emissions have already fallen by 55% since 2010 and we are working hard on further initiatives to reach our net zero goal.

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Councillor Angela Douglas, Gateshead’s Cabinet member for Culture, Sport and Leisure, said: “Gateshead has a reputation for hosting major international sporting events and we are thrilled to welcome the return of this premier cycling event.  It was fantastic to see thousands of residents and schoolchildren line the streets to show their support in 2019.

“Gateshead’s iconic Angel of the North and our beautiful countryside will once again provide the riders and spectators with a spectacular backdrop to this stage of the race.

“Events of a national scale like the Tour of Britain help inspire spectators of all ages as well as providing a welcome boost to the local economy. We also hope that it will encourage future generations to consider sustainability and enjoy cycling.

“It is also a fitting way to celebrate a great sporting weekend as it coincides with the start of a weekend of sport with the Great North Run.”

Downloads and links

Click here to visit the stage six hub | Click here to explore the stage six timetable