Details of the 2017 Tour of Britain route, which runs from September 3 to 10

The route of the 2017 Tour of Britain (September 3-10) has been officially unveiled, with a numbers of firsts in the British stage race’s history.

Edinburgh will host the opening stage on Sunday, September 3, for the first time, with Cardiff hosting the finish of the eighth and final stage on Sunday, September 10, for a conclusion in Wales. Not since 2012 has the race has finished outside London.

Stage one kicks off in the prestigious surroundings of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, heading south to Kelso in the Scottish Borders for a crowd-friendly finishing loop.

Stage two is hosted by Northumberland, with the stage starting near the picturesque Kielder Water and Forest Park before heading to Blyth on the race’s longest stage.

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The it’s further south to North Lincolnshire for stage three, which plays host the race for the first time since 2009. The day kicks off in the Normanby Hall country estate and finishes in Scunthorpe.

Tour of Britain 2017 overall map

Stage four on Wednesday, September 6, is again hosted in its entirety by one county – this time, Nottinghamshire. Mansfield hosts the stage start with the finish taking place in Newark-on-Trent. It’s the first time that the race has visited both venues.

A 10-mile (16km) time trial stage takes place the following day in Tendring, Essex, which will undoubtedly help to shape the general classification. It’s the longest test against the clock in the race since 2013.

Then it’s west to the undulating roads of the Cotswolds for stage seven from Hemel Hempstead to Cheltenham.

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The race concludes on Sunday, September 10, with a stage starting in Worcester and tackling the roads of Worcestershire and Herefordshire before finishing in the Welsh capital of Cardiff.

British independent energy supplier OVO Energy has been unveiled as the race’s title sponsor.

“This year’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain route is a race of firsts, with nine new venues welcoming the race plus our first overall start in the city of Edinburgh,” said race director Mike Bennett. “We will be bringing Britain’s biggest professional cycle race to new areas this September and look forward to our first finish in Wales and the chance to race into Cardiff.

“We introduced summit finishes for the first time in 2013, this year we are giving a chance to the sprinters and rouleurs in the OVO Energy Tour of Britain. Following the success of the Tatton Park finish last year we have introduced several finishing circuits, this will add a new dimension for both the sprinter’s teams, who will get to see the finish beforehand, and the fans as a whole who will enjoy the spectacle of the race twice.

“The addition of an individual time trial over a classic British 10-mile distance will be a great contest between our National Time Trial Champion Alex Dowsett, on his home roads in Essex, and the world’s best time trialists.”

ITV4 will be broadcasting live television coverage of the race, with three hours of live coverage each day plus a one-hour highlights package.

Twenty teams will line up for the race, with an announcement of the squads taking part due in the summer.

British rider Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) won the 2016 edition of the race.

OVO Energy Tour of Britain 2017 stages

Stage one, Sunday September 3, Edinburgh to Kelso, 188km

Tour of Britain 2017 stage one

Stage two, Monday September 4, Kielder Water & Forest Park to Blyth, 211km

Tour of Britain 2017 stage two

Stage three, Tuesday September 5, Normanby Hall Country Park to Scunthorpe, 182km

Tour of Britain 2017 stage three

Stage four, Wednesday September 6, Mansfield to Newark-on-Trent, 175km

Tour of Britain 2017 stage four

Stage five, Thursday September 7, Tendring Stage Individual Time Trial, 16km

Tour of Britain 2017 stage five

Stage six, Friday September 8, Newmarket to Aldeburgh, 183km

Tour of Britain 2017 stage six

Stage seven, Saturday September 9, Hemel Hempstead to Cheltenham, 186km

Tour of Britain 2017 stage seven

Stage eight, Sunday September 10, Worcester to Cardiff, 180km

Tour of Britain 2017 stage eight

  1. 1. OVO Energy Tour of Britain 2017 stages
  2. 2. Tour of Britain 2016 route
  3. 3. Tour of Britain 2015 route
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  • Andrew Bairsto

    I remember when there was no Tof B it is growing in popularity perhaps next year it will be ten days and then back to its original two weeks lets hope.

  • Andrew Bairsto

    The UK went metric years ago everything now on a bike is metric every engineering company is metric if you want to be a dinosaur please do but do it quietly and alone.

  • wattleberry

    There isn’t much kissing of the girls at the awards-British reserve ?

  • poisonjunction

    You seem to be a very young newbie . . . . using daddy’s computer? If you have nothing factual or anything much to contribute . . . . say nowt.
    Evidently not being a cyclist, if you opened your eyes before opening your mouth, you would see signpost’s show distances in miles, cycle computers measure in miles. Time to wake up, you want to go metric, go and live elsewhere . . . . you probably do.

  • bing

    Tour of britain, take it that the southwest is no longer britain..

  • Alexfc7

    Welcome to the 21st Century! We went Metric years ago……your Imperial Highness!!
    Don’t worry …….The referendum should be here ….soon enough for you 🙂

  • poisonjunction

    CW . . . . PLEASE this is the Tour of Britain, stop pandering to Europe and express distances in MILES!!!!!!!
    Next you’ll be quoting prize money in euro’s!!!

  • andreos

    i used to ride stage 2 as a school kid and lived in colne so know the area well.
    they could have added winewall to trawden that would have sorted the boys

  • andreos

    i used to ride stage 2 as a school kid and lived in colne so know the area well.
    they could have added winewall to trawden that would have sorted the boys

  • Mel_drew

    2014 was south west. Don’t be greedy. You want it on your doorstep every year?

  • David Bazely

    This web site is showing the London stage as SATURDAY 13th September. The 13th is SUNDAY

  • Paul Jennings

    Should rename it tour of north Britain. Totally disappointing that no stages in the southwest.

  • Robert Bury

    I cycle round these very routes a lot. I absolutely adore the scenery around there, especially Pendle and Dunsop Bridge. Cant bloody wait! Nick o’Pendle should be interesting too!

  • The Bolton Bullet

    On my “doorstep” ! Can’t wait!

  • Mark Jones

    I’ve seen it described on another website as a relatively flat stage!!

  • Mark Jones

    I really like the look of stage two and it will be great to see the race going through places I used to ride when living back in lovely Lancashire. Some of these stages should look great on the TV and hopefully there will be great racing throughout just like last year’s race.

  • barry davies

    Think somebody needs to ride a bike on stage one – ‘couple of climbs’ !!!

  • J M

    Yippee a date for the diary!