Where to watch the 2016 Tour of Britain in Devon
PUBLISHED: 12:48 07 March 2016 | UPDATED: 12:48 07 March 2016
Top cyclists will ride from Sidmouth to Haytor on Dartmoor when the Tour of Britain cycle race returns to Devon
The Tour of Britain cycle race – British Cycling’s premier road cycling event – will return to Devon in September 2016.
The county will host Stage Six of the race on Friday 9 September. Top cycling teams and riders will set off from the East Devon coastal resort of Sidmouth and finish at Haytor on Dartmoor.
The 152.7 kilometre route will take in Ottery St Mary, Honiton, Willand, Tiverton, Crediton, Moretonhampstead, Haldon Forest, and Chudleigh before climbing from Bovey Tracey to the only summit finish of The Tour.
With 3,101metres of climbs, the route is almost a repeat of the 2013 stage. In that year almost 250,000 spectators lined the county’s roads and the event is thought to have boosted the local economy by £5.9m.
This year will be the ninth time in ten years the Tour has visited Devon, with the county hosting starts and finishes annually between 2009 and 2014.
Over the past eight Devon stages around 1.25million people have watched the race bringing in around £33m to the local economy.
The Tour of Britain will begin in Glasgow on Sunday 4 September and finish in the heart of London on Sunday 11 September, including stages in the Lake District, Wales and Bath and Bristol.
For the fifth successive year fans can look forward to enjoying daily live coverage of all eight stages on ITV4, with the channel broadcasting a three-hour live programme from each stage, plus one-hour of highlights every evening during the race.
The Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event giving cycling fans the opportunity to see the world’s best teams and riders competing on their door step.