The Tour of Britain will further add to Warrington’s rich sporting heritage when it heads there in September, marking the first time that the town will host the UK’s leading cycle race.

Famed for its Grade II Listed Golden Gates, which have stood proudly outside Bank Hall since 1895, Warrington lies on the banks of River Mersey and is home to a vibrant town centre.

Sporting heritage comes in the form of the Warrington Wolves rugby club, the reigning Challenge Cup holders, who play at the nearby Halliwell Jones Stadium – a host venue for the Rugby League World Cup in 2021. Time Square – a vibrant leisure hub – will open in 2020 as part of an ambitious regeneration project overseen by Warrington Borough Council.

Further details of the Warrington stage and the full route for the 2020 Tour of Britain will be unveiled at the national launch of the race in April.

Facts and figures

  • Although 2020 will mark the first time Warrington will host the Tour of Britain, the race previously passed through the town during stage two in 2020 en route from Nottingham to nearby Knowsley Safari Park
  • The race’s visit will showcase Warrington to a substantial worldwide television audience, as well as generating a likely economic benefit of £1m for the local area
  • Over 85% of roadside spectators at the 2019 race described the event as “very enjoyable”, with half of them saying the Tour of Britain inspired them to cycle more often

Warrington Tour of Britain

Photo: Team Sky’s Bernie Eisel leads the peloton through Culcheth during the 2012 Tour of Britain

In quotes

Warrington Borough Council Leader, Cllr Russ Bowden, said: “Becoming a host venue for the Tour of Britain is great news for Warrington. It’s a hugely prestigious, high profile event, which is watched by people from all over the world. To be selected for a stage is a real honour for our town and will further add to our rich sporting heritage.

 “There’s no doubt that the event will bring huge benefits for Warrington – attracting additional visitors to our town, boosting our economy and giving local people the chance to experience world class sport in their community. The evidence shows that hosting the Tour of Britain also inspires local people to take up cycling themselves, which will support our own plans to build sustainable travel into Warrington’s future.”  

Julie Harrington, CEO of British Cycling, said: It’s always incredibly exciting to see new towns and cities hosting the Tour of Britain for the first time, and we’re sure that that people of Warrington will give riders, teams and spectators from elsewhere a memorable welcome to this year’s edition.”

About the 2020 Tour of Britain

The 17th modern Tour of Britain takes place from Sunday 6 to Sunday 13 September 2020. Welcoming the race for the first time, Cornwall will host this year’s Grand Départ with a stage between Penzance and Bodmin. The final stage in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire marks the furthest north the race has ever been in the UK.

In November 2020 race organiser SweetSpot announced that they are looking for a new title partner for the Tour of Britain following the conclusion of the three-year partnership with OVO Energy.