Tour of Britain 2016 route confirmed

Tour of Britain 2015: Stage 2 - Clitheroe to Colne.  Picture Bruce Rollinson

Tour of Britain 2015: Stage 2 - Clitheroe to Colne. Picture Bruce Rollinson

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The Tour of Britain 2016 will take place between September 4th-11th with two of the eight stages in the North of England.

The route for the national tour was unveiled on Thursday evening, with Glasgow hosting the start of the race, followed by a Lake District leg from Carlisle to Kendal on day two. On Tuesday, September 6th, cyclists will race the 182km from Congleton to Tatton Park, Knutsford.

The longest stage of the race is stage four’s 217-kilometre trek down from north to southern Wales, finishing in Builth Wells.

London will host the race’s finale on September 11, with a 100-kilometre circuit race.

“We are confident this year’s route for the Tour of Britain will provide the opportunity for eight exciting days of racing and a multitude of opportunities for riders and teams to be aggressive and make the race,” said race director Mick Bennett.

“We believe that with the combination of longer stages of over 200-kilometres, the tough circuit and time trial in Bristol and the summit finish at Haytor we have not just a great preparation for the World Championships but also a fantastic race that will showcase the British countryside and stands alone in its own right as a race riders will want to win.”

The Tour of Britain 2016 route is:

Stage one, Sunday, September 4th

Glasgow – Castle Douglas, 168km

Stage two, Monday, September 5th

Carlisle – Kendal, 195km

Stage three, Tuesday, September 6th

Congleton – Tatton Park, Knutsford, 182km

Stage four, Wednesday September 7

Denbigh – Builth Wells, 217km

Stage five, Thursday, September 8th

Aberdare to Bath, 205km

Stage six, Friday, September 9th

Sidmouth to Haytor, 150km

Stage seven – split stage, Saturday, September 10th

Bristol ITT, 15km, Bristol circuit race, 76.5km

Stage eight, Sunday September 11th

London circuit race, 100km

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