London set to welcome Tour of Britain


Last year’s Tour of Britain has played an important role in enabling more people to discover the joy of abandoning their cars and taking to two wheels instead.

There has been some strong British success in the cycling world over the past few years, including the development of talent such as Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, and this means lots of people want to see the top cyclists in action.

In 2014, record numbers of people came out to see the Tour of Britain pass by and of course, it has to pass through the capital city – so a great sight for tourists staying in London during the time.

The most recent Tour of Britain included eight different stages and begin in Liverpool on September 7th and ended in London on September 14th. Over 100 riders started the race, although not all of them managed to make it to the finishing line in the capital.

The title was eventually won by 22-year-old Dylan van Baarle of the Netherlands, after he held on to the yellow jersey despite strong challenges from Sir Bradley Wiggins and Poland’s Michal Kwiatkowski.

Riders in the 2015 race will have to face one of the roughest ever summit finish with a revamped stage in London and an opening race in Wales.

The London stage on September 13th will start and finish on Regent Street St James and include a circuit through Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, the Strand and Whitehall.

Commenting on the brand new route for the London Stage presented by Transport for London, Ben Plowden, director of surface strategy and planning at Transport for London, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to welcome back Britain’s biggest professional cycle race to the streets of the London.

“With a revamped route touching new areas of the city, I’ve no doubt that this year’s race will inspire a new breed of cyclists, who will soon be able to make use of our new and upgraded cycling infrastructure, including segregated Cycle Superhighways.”

In total, 11 different venues will welcome the Life Tour of Britain for the first time in 2015 and it is set to be a real spectacular for those with the chance of watching. Competitors will cover 1,451 km – the longest in its history – and includes three stages of 215 km or above and an 8 km climb to Hartside Fell in the Pennines.

Mick Bennett, Race Director, said: “Overall we are absolutely delighted with the course for the 2015 Friends Life Tour of Britain and believe it offers something for everybody across eight very different stages.

“Our hope and intention is to again encourage eight days of aggressive, uninhibited racing, the sort of action that we hope is becoming the trademark of the race. We want our national Tour to reflect the tough terrain which is part and parcel of our cycling scene in the UK, and to showcase both the race and the British countryside to spectators at the roadside and to the television audience both at home and around the world.”