18 Aug Tour of Britain Comes to Northumberland
3 SEPT TOUR OF BRITAIN COMES TO NORTHUMBERLAND
On Sunday 3 September, cycling’s Tour of Britain will bring some of the world’s best cyclists to Northumberland.
This top cycling event is organised by British Cycling, the sport’s governing body in the UK, and is a multi-stage race held over eight days.
Internationally the Tour of Britain is one event in the UCI Europe Tour season in which professional teams from around the world compete. Teams for the Tour of Britain will be announced in the summer and each will pick their six rider line-up from a squad, which may number up to 30 riders.
Tour of Britain in Wooler
The stage passing nearest to Wooler is on day 2 of the Tour. The stage will see 120 of the world’s top cyclists racing from Kielder Water and Forest Park to Blyth, building on the success of the 2015 race when two stages visited Northumberland for the first time ever.
At just over 211-kilometres the Northumberland stage will be the longest of the 2017 Tour, and also include a finishing loop, giving spectators at the Blyth finish the chance to see the race twice. The route will also take in the likes of Rothbury, Alnwick, Bamburgh and Morpeth plus the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Of course, Wooler is no stranger to cycling events. The Tour will see the pros’ route include sections of the increasingly popular Wooler Wheel sportive routes.
If you are thinking of bringing your own bikes on holiday then Homildon Cottage has space to store them in our lockable games room with a floor 4 bike, dual-height cycle rack. There’s an outdoor tap for washing bicycles and outdoor clothing, and space for drying outdoor clothing and footwear. We also have maps of local bridleways as well as the nearby Sandstone Way. Alternatively why not hire a bike once you’re here?