/ Tour of Britain Route
Stage four is looking good for me. Calling past home. So should be able to get to watch it if I time work well!
I see Sheffield and the rest of Yorkshire has been ignored yet again....
Hay Tor finish -woohoo!
Another finish in Guildford.
We don't have much climbing down here but we have been blessed with cycling!
Pretty much the entire of Scotland ignored too.
Bit of a shame given the scenery, but I guess you'd get fewer punters by the road up in Achnasheen.
2 stages in Scotland would be overkill, but having a stage finish at Drumlanrig is a great move. I wonder how many people are aware of it's claim to be the birthplace of the bicycle.
The exclusion of Yorkshire does seem a poor decision though. The local authorities could have used it as a test event for the TDF - I seem to remember they've had a few issues about 7 years with the T of B and I don't think it has been back since.
I wonder if the fact that British Cycling had a rival bid for the TDF has anything to do with it ?
Edinburgh to Newcastle would always make a great stage -- basically straight down the A68 to Chollerford, then up Brunton Bank in to the Toon from the west before finishing up Dean St and Grey street.
A Newcastle to Kendal stage would also be a 'cracker'. -- Up Weardale and over Killhope Moor ( the highest through road in the UK - it's actually about a metre higher than the Bealach Na Ba in Scotland.)
I remember the great Milk race stages of the 60's over the Northumberland and Durham moors, and the heroic exploits of the likes of the Baty's, Chisman & Bill Bradley.
> Hay Tor finish -woohoo!
First summit finish for the modern tour. Always wondered about the lack of a summit finish, given the fact that they tend to determine the outcome of the other tours and people will be used to that.
I know they tend to prefer city centre finish to draw the crowds in, and theres a lack of proper ski resorts in the UK, but I'm sure they could be more imaganitive. Why finish in Llanberis, rather than a the top of Llanberis pass ? Likewise Kendal and Kirkstone ?
Even in cities, I'm sure you could finish up a hill. Plenty in Sheffield with 3 miles of the city centre.
You need quite a bit of infrastructure (read big car parks) at summit finishes to accommodate all the officials, support, press, etc. Then you have to accommodate the crowds.
It's going to be crazy up there. It was mad 2 years ago and the Dartmoor climbs last year had the feel of the tour de France mountain stage I saw in the Pyrenees. I reckon people will camp up there the night before. Already planning our clubs ride out to do the climb on the day :-)
Cairngorm and Glenshee were the two locations that came to mind when writing the previous post.
Beast Banks - F*** me! Wouldn't like to be heading up that at the end of a stage.
In reply to Baron Weasel:
Convenient for popping straight into the riflemans for a post 225km pint.
Just hope they bother opening!
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