Tour of Britain brings in £5.8m to South West

Climb out of Honiton, Tour of Britain 2009, stage seven

Somerset and Devon County Councils have announced that the 2009 Tour of Britain brought in £5.8 million of spending into the two south west counties.

An estimated 230,000 people turned up to watch two consecutive stages of the British race hosted by Somerset and Devon. Between them, visitors to the race spent £5.8 million in local shops and facilities, according to an independent survey carried out by consultation company, Ekosgen.

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Nigel Wynn
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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.