In reply to steev:
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.
> (In reply to sleavesley)
> 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.
In reply to a lakeland climber: You could have a cracker of a stage starting from Perth/Dundee/Forfar/Pitlochry going over Glenshee, The Lecht and then finishing at Cairngorm where they'd have the parking and infrastructure required.
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