Experience the Tour of Britain
Published: Friday 10th Aug 2018
Written by: Joanna Bailey
The Tour of Britain is the UK’s biggest and most prestigious bike race that attracts the world’s top cyclists – including Olympic and World Champions along with Tour de France winners – to compete over eight days each September.
The race is an incredible spectacle, with fast-paced action, an exciting, friendly atmosphere and over 100 of the world’s best riders! Crowds will gather at the start and finish towns of each stage, as well as lining the route – focusing at the key climbs.
The 2018 Tour of Britain will be made up of eight stages, beginning in Wales, ending in London and of course visiting Cumbria in between.
The Cumbria Stages
The 2018 race will take place between Sunday 2nd September and Sunday 9th September. And for the first time in The Tour of Britain history there will be two stages being held in one county, Cumbria.
Stage five, on Thursday 6th September, will see the Tour’s first every Team Time Trial start in the market town of Cockermouth and climb up to England’s only Mountain Forest, Whinlatter Pass. There will be gradients of more than 20% midway up – it’s sure set to be an exciting stage in the tour!
On Friday 7th September, during stage six of the race, the riders will climb Whinlatter twice more, during a 169km road stage that starts in Barrow-in-Furness and passes north up the along the Coast Road to Ulverston before winding its way through the central Lake District via Hawkshead Hill, Ambleside, Grasmere and Keswick, finishing at the visitor center in Whinlatter.
It comes as no surprise that Cumbria has been chosen to host two of the eight stages as Cumbria is a cycling heaven. So why not bring your own bike with you and enjoy some cycle routes yourself? Or perhaps shake things up a little and take a trip to Grizedale Forest to hire mountain bikes and explore some of the fell trails! Bikes can be carried on the Ullswater Steamers and Windermere Lake Cruises, creating an easy way to explore the Lakes on your bike. There's plenty of off road trails and family friendly routes right across Cumbria, including the delights of Windermere's West Shore, old railways tracks at Keswick and Coniston and the quiet coastal lanes on the Solway can be enjoyed without worrying about the traffic.
If you want to get in on the action and be stood on the sidelines of this fantastic cycling event and even get some miles under your own belt, you can view our properties that are available over the Tour of Britain Cumbrian stages here.