Britain's answer to the Tour de France will stretch the length of the country this September, as the Tour of Britain gets underway between the 4-11 September.
On Sunday 4 September, some of the world's leading cyclists will gather on George Square in Glasgow to embark on a gruelling eight day tour that will take them the length and breadth of Britain.
The 20 teams will cover a distance of 1308.5 km across the UK to then finally reach London on the eighth and final stage of The Tour on Sunday 11 September.
The weather will play a major role as the competitors cross the UK, keep an eye on the forecast for each of the stages if you are going to cheer on the riders.
4-11 September - Check the weather forecast if you are cheering on the riders in the Tour of Britain cycle race.
The Tour of Britain is the country's largest annual free-to-spectate sporting event and dates back to just after the Second World War. However, the Tour of Britain as it is known today first took place in 2004; when it took place over five days in early September.
The weather is an important aspect of cycling, particularly that of competitive road cycling. Wet weather can slow you down and poses as a danger as there is much less grip on the roads and the rain may distort a cyclist's vision. This event in particular will require good weather due to the masses of competitors, so it will be much safer in good conditions.
To check the daily routes for each stage, visit the Tour of Britain official website.
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