Glasgow, Bath, Dartmoor and Bristol all look set to star in the 2016 Tour of Britain, Cycling Weekly understands.
Ahead of its official unveiling at the end of February, CW has pieced together what it believes to be the route of the eight-day race (September 4-11), in similar style to how French cycling fan Thomas Vergouwen predicts each year’s Tour de France parcours.
This year’s national tour will take place largely on the western side of Great Britain, with a stage from Glasgow to Dumfries getting the event underway.
Day six’s Devon leg, sandwiched between two west country stages into Bath and Bristol, will likely be the race’s decisive day. CW believes the race will finish atop the climb of Dartmeet, a one-kilometre, 12 per cent average gradient hill that reaches 20 per cent in places. That follows a challenging, Ardennes-style approach to the finish, with short, challenging climbs at North Tawton, Totnes and Poundsgate all positioned in the closing kilometres.
Five stages of the 2015 race ended bunch sprints, and given the following month’s World Championships in Qatar is well-suited to the sport’s fast finishers, designing the national tour’s route to attract as many of them may not be accidental.
A spokesperson for race organiser SweetSpot told CW: “The 2016 Tour of Britain will be launched at February when we’ll announce this year’s venues and route as well as further news about this September’s race.”
See this week’s Cycling Weekly magazine (February 11 issue) for more.
Predicted Tour of Britain 2016 route
Stage one, Sunday September 4
Glasgow to Dumfries
Stage two, Monday September 5
Carlisle to Kendal
Stage three, Tuesday September 6
Knutsford to Congleton
Stage four, Wednesday September 7
Mold to Builth Wells
Stage five, Thursday September 8
Abergavenny to Bath
Stage six, Friday September 9
Sidmouth to Dartmeet (hill-top finish)
Stage seven, Saturday September 10
Bristol to Bristol
Stage eight, Sunday September 11
London circuit race