Tour of Britain – 50 days to go


With 50 days to go until the start of the Tour of Britain, more details revealed on stage 1 from Glasgow to Castle Douglas

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Tour of Britain – 50 days to go

The stage will include a circuit in the heart of Glasgow to the start the race, which riders will tackle twice, as well as a trio of SKODA King of the Mountains climbs and intermediate Yodel Sprints, sponsored by parcel delivery company Yodel.

Three hours of live coverage will be shown on ITV4, with a further hour’s highlights package on the same channel in the evening.


The stage will start from George Square at 11:30 on Sunday 4 September, finishing at around 15:15 on King Street in Castle Douglas. Riders will complete one neutralised lap of Glasgow before racing begins. The route will include the opening Yodel Sprint in the city centre, and will brush past the city’s Style Mile, taking in famous landmarks such as Glasgow Green.

Following the depart of the Tour of Britain members of the public will have the chance to ride on sections of the traffic-free circuit in the Sky Ride Glasgow.

The route then heads south west to Stewarton (approximately 12:25) and on to Kilmarnock, where the second Yodel Sprint takes place on London Road at around 12:40.

The first two SKODA King of the Mountains climbs come in East Ayrshire just after Cumnock, at Skares and Kerse (approximately 13:25 and 13:45 respectively) before the race heads through the town of Dalmellington (14:00) where the final Yodel Sprint and SKODA King of the Mountains climb will take place in quick succession.


Stage One then crosses into Dumfries and Galloway shortly after the summit of the Dalmellington climb, passing through St John’s Town of Dalry and alongside the picturesque Loch Ken.

The stage is expected to finish in Castle Douglas at around 15:15, racing into town via the A713/Abercromby Road before a left turn onto King Street for the finish.

It will be the first time that the Tour of Britain has begun in Glasgow since 2006, and the first time the race has visited the city since 2008.

The 2016 Tour of Britain will feature 120 of the world’s top cyclists from 20 teams, with further details of the teams riding the race to be announced next week. Spectators in Scotland will have the chance to see the teams at first hand on the evening of Saturday 3 September, with a free-to-attend team presentation event in George Square, Glasgow. More information about the team presentation will be published in the coming weeks.




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