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Cumbria’s Tour of Britain stage launched

Published on: Wednesday 6th July 2016
Categorised under: Play, Active , Events, Lake District, Sport, Tourism

The world's top cyclists will return to Cumbria to take on a challenging route through The Lake District for the Tour of Britain 2016.

Organisers have confirmed the route of Stage Two, from Carlisle to Kendal, which will see the peloton whiz through the county on Monday, September 5.

Last year, Cumbria hosted two stages of the tour, bringing top name cyclists such as Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins and thousands of spectators to the county.

This time, riders face 3,779m of climb during this section of the race, which includes Whinlatter Pass and The Struggle up to Kirkstone Pass in The Lake District.

The route also takes in Penrith, Keswick, Ambleside and Windermere, with sprints held in Hesket Newmarket, Cockermouth and Grasmere.

Last year’s event attracted 105,000 visitors and a TV audience of 1.5m viewers, giving a net economic benefit of £3.4m to Cumbria’s economy.

Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain Race Director, said: "We are delighted to be returning to the heart of Cumbria with the Tour of Britain so we can once again showcase the fantastic scenery and celebrate the local communities we will pass through.”

UPDATE 23.8.16 It has been confirmed that Bradley Wiggins, who recently won his eighth Olympic medal as he took Gold in the Team Pursuit in Rio for Great Britain, will take part in this year's Tour of Britain alongside Team WIGGINS teammates Owain Doull and Jonathan Dibben.

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