The Tour of Britain

What is the Tour of Britain?

From the 6th to the 13th of September 2020, the Tour of Britain will be returning to the nation. The Tour of Britain is the UK’s largest free-to-attend multi-stage cycling race, and will play host to more than 100 of the world’s best riders battling it out to be on the top spot in this prestigious event.

The Tour of Britain will span the UK, starting in Cornwall and finishing in Aberdeen, totalling around 1,250km. British cycling heroes Sir Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish have all previously competed in the event, signifying its importance for the British cycling scene.

The Cornish stage

September 2020 marks the first time the Tour of Britain will be coming to Cornwall. Being at the end of the country, Cornwall makes a perfect location for The Grand Départ, where the seven days of racing will be kicking off. The tour is expected to attract 180,000 people along the roads throughout the county alone, making it a great calendar date for local cyclists to watch the world greats. 

The Cornish stage, named The Grand Départ, will be starting in Penzance and concluding in Bodmin, taking a zig-zagging coast to coast route across the county. They will be passing by some of Cornwall’s most iconic tourist attractions and through towns such as St Ives, Falmouth, Newquay and St Austell.

An exciting time for cycling enthusiasts, especially us Cornish folk who get to enjoy our first ever tour coming through the county, summer 2020 is shaping up to be a great time for veteran cyclists or those looking to get involved in the sport.

Self guided Cornish Cycle Tour at Hustyn Hill, near Wadebridge, Cornwall.

Cycle your own tour

Whilst the 175km route in Cornwall is to be completed in one day, this will be outside of most normal cycling abilities. So here at Cornish Cycle Tours, we are offering some similar style Cornish tours at a much more realistic pace.

Whether taking inspiration from the Tour of Britain in Cornwall, or just simply looking for a leisure ride around some of the best cycling paths in the county, Cornish Cycle Tours has something for everyone looking to get active outdoors in 2020.

For those looking to best replicate the Tour of Britain experience, why not get stuck in with our 8-day road cycling tour? This advanced tour will test your stamina and push you to your limits whilst giving you a great overview of Cornwall and its many beautiful locations. 

If you fancy something a little less intense but are still hankering for a pedal-powered Cornish experience, our new luxury tour might just be for you. You will get the chance to see some of the best coastal scenery whilst enjoying some of the best hotels and luxuries the area has to offer.


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