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Tour of Britain 2018

This September Cumbria and Lake District provided the ideal location to experience the thrill of two full stages of the UK’s largest cycle race the OVO Tour of Britain 2018.

Featuring the world’s top cyclists, including Olympic and World Champions and Tour de France stage winners, as they raced through the stunning landscape of our county - from coast to mountains and Lakes, through valleys and Forests – it was a breath taking and inspiring experience.

If the tour has inspired you and you fancy getting out there too, take a look at our cycling inspiration and tips to plan your visit. Also take a look at our guide to cycling in the county.

Stage 5

Thursday 6 September (Stage 5) saw the Tour’s first ever Team Time Trial start in the market town of Cockermouth and follow a 14km route up to England’s only Mountain Forest, Whinlatter.

Dowload the stage 5 timetable here

Stage 5

20 teams in the race cycled the route one at a time against the clock, with the first team departing from Main Street Cockermouth at 13:00, and the final team setting off at 13:58.

Stage 6

Friday 7 September (Stage 6) - Riders climbed Whinlatter twice more, from its harder eastern side, during a 169-kilometre road stage that started in Barrow-in-Furness and passed north along the Coast Road to Ulverston before winding its way through the central Lake District via Ambleside, Grasmere and Keswick to finish at the Forestry Commission’s visitor centre in Whinlatter.

Stage 6 information

Timings and locations
11:00 Barrow: Fanzone with big screen - START
11:37 Ulverston
12:08 Coniston
12:26 Ambleside
12:33 Grasmere
12:58 Keswick
13:07 Braithwaite
13:43 Workington
14:14 Cockermouth
14:41 Keswick
14:46 Braithwaite
14:51 Whinlatter Visitors Centre: Tour Village with big screen - FINISH

King of the Mountain Climbs
12:12 Hawkshead Hill KOM
12:41 Dunmail Raise KOM
13:11 Whinlatter KOM
13:35 Fangs Brow KOM
14:51 Whinlatter Pass KOM

11:37 Ulverston
12:27 Ambleside
14:02 Broughton Moor
14:16 Cockermouth

Full route details can be seen on OVO Energy Tour of Britain for Stage 5 and Stage 6:

This sporting event offered an exciting spectacle, impressive displays of physical prowess and a great atmosphere for everyone to enjoy, whether road cycling fans or not!

If the tour has inspired you and you fancy cycling in the county, you can bring your bikes with you or hire a bike when you arrive to enjoy the many road cycle routes around the county or explore the fells and forests on mountain bikes trails. If the hills seem a bit daunting why not try an electric bike to give you an extra boost and take the hard work out of any climbs.

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Tour of Britain - Experience the thrill in Cumbria

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