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Tour of Britain 2019


Get ready to enjoy the spectacle of the Tour of Britain as it arrives in Cumbria on Tuesday 10th September for more thrilling race action all set to the beautiful backdrop of our county’s dramatic landscape.

If the tour inspires 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.

Tour of Britain 2019
The thing that makes a big cycle race like the Tour of Britain so exciting is that at every stage of the route there is something interesting going. It’s a highly tactical and highly changeable beast. The energy of the main group of riders (known as the peloton) is a bit like a flock of birds in tight formation, organically and gracefully reshaping and reforming as it flows along the roads.

Tour of Britain 2019

Each athlete has their own challenge and specialism - there are the sprinters, bunched up and battling on the flats, narrowly dodging obstacles and riding at close to 50miles an hour on a narrow on a thin layer of rubber, the hill climbers defying gravity to propel themselves up the steepest gradients to cross the mountain passes first, and maybe pull on the polka dot jersey of the King of the Mountains, and there are the domestiques who are the worker bees of a team, they support the star riders and work for the good their team.


Cumbria Welcomes stage 4 of the Tour of Britain on Tuesday 10th September.

Estimated times:
Brough 13.18
Kirby Stephen 13:30
Sedbergh 13:58
Barbon 14:22
Old Hutton 14:44
Kendal 14:56

Spectator Info

Coming to Kendal for the OVO Energy Tour of Britain stage finish?
Please consider the following information when planning your journey ahead of race day.


Oxenholme station is Kendal’s closest mainline train station, with direct connections to Glasgow, Manchester and London.

From there, hop on a quick Lakes Line connection to Kendal Station, which is a short walk from the town centre, or just under a mile from the finish at Beast Banks through the main shopping area.


Kendal Bus Station is on Blackhall Road, right in the centre of town behind Westmorland Shopping Centre and the bustling high street. Many routes pass through this bus station, and continue into the Lake District too.
Plan your journey via the Cumbria County Council website here.


Race fans will find plenty of cycle parking on racks in prominent places throughout the town centre, while Kendal also has 20 free to use secure bike boxes available for up to 24 hours at a time. For more details click here.


There are a number of public car parks in Kendal town centre, more details of which can be found here.

There is no car parking at the finish itself on Beast Banks or in and around the Greenside area of Kendal and we encourage the use of public transport wherever possible.


Road closures come into force in the Greenside area of Kendal from early morning on Tuesday 10 September.

Rolling road closures will be in place for most of the route through Cumbria, with temporary parking restrictions in operation to prevent obstructive parking along the event route. Advanced warning signs will be in place along the route promoting the restrictions.


Don’t forget to visit the Tour Village close to the finish at the top of Beast Banks on Greenside, offering fans a big screen showing full live coverage of the stage, plus exhibits from race partners.


The beautiful market town of Kendal is set on the doorstep of the Lake District. But before rushing to explore the beautiful countryside that makes the town a perfect base, don’t forget to visit the shopping opportunity that combines independent retailers with high street brands, plus countless local food and drink opportunities that abound throughout Kendal town centre.

Key stage timings

South Shore Road, Gateshead (stage start): 11:00
Whickham (Eisberg sprint): 11:32
Snods Edge (SKODA King of the Mountains): 12:08
Bollihope Common (SKODA King of the Mountains): 12:37
Kirkby Stephen (Eisberg sprint): 13:46
Sedbergh (Eisberg sprint): 14:17
Gawthrop (SKODA King of the Mountains): 14:32
Beast Banks, Kendal (stage finish): 15:22

You can view and download a full stage 4 schedule here


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Tour of Britain - Experience the thrill in Cumbria

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