Tour of Britain

Tour of Britain

Britain's answer to the Tour de France will stretch the length of the country this September, as the tenth edition of the Tour of Britain gets underway.

On Sunday 15 September, some of the world's leading cyclists will gather at Peebles in the Scottish Borders to embark on a gruelling eight day tour that will take them the length and breadth of Britain. 

Starting in Scotland, the 19 teams and 114 riders will travel through parts of the Lake District and Wales before completing the final stage in Whitehall, London on Sunday 22 September

In total, the riders will cover a gruelling 649.6 miles (1,045.4 km). Over that distance the riders will cross difficult terrain; climbing the Honister Pass, one of the steepest mountain passes in the Lake District before negotiating the Brecon Beacons - climbing the fearsome Caerphilly Mountain not once, but twice in Stage Five.

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Forecast

15-22 September - Check the weather forecast if you are cheering on the riders in the Tour of Britain cycle race.

Whilst not quite as renowned as the event held just across the Channel, the Tour of Britain dates back to events held just after the Second World War. However, the Tour of Britain as it is known today first took place in 2004; taking place over five days in early September. The event was won by Colombian Mauricio Ardila, but was perhaps more remembered for the thrilling sprint finish between Britain's Bradley Wiggins and Enrico Degano at the final stage in London, which was seen by an estimated 100,000 people.

Last year the modern Tour of Britain was won by a British rider for the first time. Jonathan Tiernan-Locke won the event, while Mark Cavendish won three stages crossing the line first in Dumfries, Blackpool and Guildford. Will British riders be as successful in 2013?

The weather will play a major role as the riders cross the UK, keep an eye on the forecast for each of the stages if you are going to cheer on the riders.

To check the daily routes for each stage, visit the Tour of Britain official website.

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