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Tour of Britain 2018

  • Date(s): 03/09/2018
  • About:

    Tour of Britain returns to Devon in 2018!

    The UK's largest cycle race, The Tour of Britain, is returning to Devon this autumn.

    Stage 2 of the race will take place on Monday September 3, starting in the UK's newest town, Cranbrook, in east Devon and finishing in Barnstaple, north Devon.

    The race will travel into North Devon, through the Pannier Market in South Molton and into Barnstaple before embarking on a 70km loop, only to return to the town for the grandstand stage finish.

    The loop takes in the communities of Bratton Fleming and Combe Martin, where the race first touches the North Devon coast.

    It then continues on the coast road to Ilfracombe with an approximate arrival time of 14.30, then onto Woolacombe, where the riders will feel they may almost be riding onto the beach – Croyde and Saunton Sands, Braunton and back to Barnstaple.

    This North Devon section will include a sprint close to Castle Hill and the last real test for the riders, the brutal 23 per cent incline of Challacombe Hill just 20 kilometres from the finish.

    It will be hosted by Devon County Council, supported by North Devon Council and East Devon District Council and working with Barnstaple Town Council and Cranbrook Town Council.

    It will be the tenth time in 12 years The Tour of Britain has visited Devon with the county hosting starts and finishes annually between 2009 and 2014 with the last Devon Stage held in 2016.