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Cumbria is the place to be for the Tour of Britain cycle race

Discover the delights of Cumbria and its dramatic landscape from the perspective of two wheels as the county hosts two full stages of the Tour of Britain cycle race this September. For fans of road cycling this September will be a real treat and marks a major return of the Tour to the county.

This year’s edition of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain will take place from Sunday 2 to Sunday 9 September, across eight stages of racing.
The last time the race was held here was in 2016, when it started in Carlisle and finished in Kendal after passing through the heart of the Lake District, including the packed crowds on ‘The Struggle’ to summit of Kirkstone Pass which has also featured in the annual Fred Whitton Challenge.
Fred Whitton Challenge
This year the race stages feature an exciting time trail element and several gruelling hill climbs to test the pro-riders speed and endurance. There will be plenty of places along the route for visitors and cycle fans to watch and soak up the atmosphere of this world class sporting event.
Stage 5 will see the Tour of Britain’s first-ever Team Time Trial, where pro riders race against the clock, taking place on a route from Cockermouth to Whinlatter Visitor Centre on Thursday 6 September.
Route 5
Stage 6 starts in Barrow-in-Furness, where the riders will start from outside Barrow Town Hall and head out on a 170km-long route through South Lakeland and Allerdale, culminating with a summit finish on Whinlatter on Friday 7 September.
Piel Castle

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