The 2019 Tour de Britain route was revealed today. Taking place between 7th and 14th September, the race will once again comprise 8 stages. Starting in Glasgow, Scotland, race will cover a 1,250-kilometre route through the south of Scotland, England’s North East and North West and the Heart of England before the finale in Manchester on Saturday 14 September.
The race route looks tough throughout and will feature no less than three uphill finishes: at Newcastle-upon-Tyne city centre, Kendal in Cumbria and Burton Dassett Country Park in Warwickshire.
Updated: 17 July 2019
For domestic teams, the race acts as an end-of season grand finale – at least for those who qualify. And for many of the world’s top riders, the race will be provide an important last step in their preparations for the world championships in Yorkshire, which kick-off on 22nd September, just 8 days after the Tour finishes.
|1||Glasgow – Kirkcudbright||7 Sep||201.5km|
|2||Kelso – Kelso||8 Sep||166.4km|
|3||Berwick-upon-Tweed – Newcastle-upon-Tyne||9 Sep||182.2km|
|4||Gateshead – Kendal||10 Sep||171.5km|
|5||Birkenhead Park – Birkenhead Park||11 Sep||174km|
|6||Pershore Individual Time Trial||12 Sep||14.5km|
|7||Warwick – Burton Dassett Country Park||13 Sep||186.5km|
|8||Altrincham – Manchester||14 Sep||165km|
Stage 1 will take the race from Glasgow city centre Kirkcudbright in Dumfries & Galloway. At 201 kilometres the opening day will be the longest of the 2019 race. With the Bankhead hill placed shortly before the finish, it could provide a launch pad for a late attack to deny the sprinters of an opening day bunch finish.
Stage 2 takes place entirely within the Scottish Borders, starting and finishing on the cobbled Market Square in Kelso on Sunday 8 September. It’s another lumpy affair, but the final hill is placed far enough away from the finish that it could all come back for a sprint.
The race then moves to England’s North East for the next two stages. Stage 3 is a North of Tyne stage from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Newcastle-upon-Tyne. This stage will feature the first uphill finish of the race in Newcastle’s city centre.
Stage 4 begins just across the River Tyne in Gateshead and takes the riders to a finish in Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District, which hosted two stages of the 2018 edition of the race. The race will cross the Pennines and go through the Yorkshire Dales National Park in a 171-kilometre stage containing almost 3,000 metres of climbing. The stage finish will be on the 500 metres, 11% average climb of Beast Banks.
Stage 5 takes the race to the Wirral, which also hosted a round of this year’s Tour Series. The leg will start and finish in Birkenhead Park and include a finishing circuit, making it one of the most spectator friendly of the whole Tour. With Flaybrick Hill positioned near the finish line, this could be another stage for the puncheurs.
A 14.5 km individual time trial, this stage is sure to be a decisive factor in the overall classification. Starting and finishing in the market town of Pershore, the stage passes through Little Comberton and Bricklehampton during a scenic anti-clockwise loop.
The penultimate stage of the race is in Warwickshire with a 186.5-kilometre route from historic Warwick finishing with three ascents of the 1.4-kilometre, 4.9% average gradient climb of Burton Dassett. The stage will take in two laps of a 12.5-kilometre finishing circuit providing spectators with an opportunity to up close to the frantic action at the end of the stage.
The final day stage will see the peloton taking on a 165-kilometre route starting in Altrincham that includes almost 2,000 metres of climbing, including the famous climb of the Rake at Ramsbottom and passes through all ten boroughs of Greater Manchester before finishing in Deanstage.
Featured photo: Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com. 04/09/2018 – OVO Energy Tour of Britain 2018 – Stage 3 Bristol to Bristol – The Peloton passes through Cheddar Gorge in Somerset