There was exciting news for cycling fans when the Tour of Britain 2016 was announced at Bristol Museum this evening (25th February) - the penultimate stage will take place in the city on Saturday 10th September!
The Tour of Britain will begin in Glasgow on Sunday 4th September and finish in London the following Sunday, the day after the riders complete a challenging double-stage in Bristol, returning to the city for the first time since 2014, when it hosted a stage finish.
In the morning competitors will take part in Stage 7a, an individual time trial, before Stage 7b, a 15.3km circuit race in the afternoon.
The proposed circuit will start and finish on The Downs, taking in the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Ashton Court and the Harbourside as well the SKODA King of the Mountains climb of Bridge Valley Road (600 metres, 9% incline). The riders will complete one lap for the time trial and five laps for the race. We suspect they won’t be riding Bromptons, as seen above in Diana Powell’s Brompton World Championships print.
Bristol is known as a cycling city and many of our artists and designers are inspired by the popular two-wheeled mode of transport, including Boodle:
And not forgetting Katcha Bilek who transforms bike tyres into belts!
For further information about the Tour of Britain 2016 visit www.tourofbritain.co.uk