On Monday 5th September Stage two of Britains biggest professional cycle race will see the Tour of Britain return to Cumbria once again as the county emphatically declares itself ‘open for business’ after this winters devastating flooding with a stage from Carlisle city centre to the tough finishing climb of Beast Banks in Kendal, via Cockermouth, Keswick and Windermere and Ambleside.
From Carlisle the riders will immediately head South to Penrith before turning West and tackling the hills of the Lake District including Whinlatter Pass. The sternest of these tests is likely to come in Ambleside as the peleton take on the climb notoriously known as ‘The Struggle’ to cap a stage with 3,779m of climbing. The subsequent descent will take them down to Windermere before the run in to the finish in Kendal with the 200m, 11% average climb of Beast Banks awaiting riders in the finale.
A huge television screen in Keswicks Market Square will broadcast the Cumbrian stage of this year’s Tour of Britain, which is due to pass through the centre of the town mid-stage on Monday 5th September.
The all day event which will see a range of great activities taking place in addition to the screen has been organised by Keswick Tourism working closely with Keswick bikes, Rather be Cycling, Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre and Allerdale Borough Council.
Tour of Britain organisers have announced the first top riders for this year’s Tour of Britain, with Britain’s record Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish leading the way.
Cavendish, who has 30 stage victories in the Tour de France, won his first Olympic medal on Tuesday evening, taking Silver in the Omnium track event.
Posted by Hawksmoor Admin