The Stage Route
Cornwall Grand Départ Stage of the Tour of Britain 2021
“111 miles of smiles”
On Sunday 5th September 2021, Cornwall hosted the Tour of Britain, the UK’s premier road cycling event. The Grand Depart stage of the 2021 race saw riders travel 180 kilometres through the Cornish countryside, starting in Penzance and ending in Bodmin. The stage’s route also visited St Just, St Ives, Hayle, Camborne, Pool, Redruth, Falmouth, Penryn, Truro, Newquay and St Austell.
The Tour of Britain cycle race has been held across the UK for 15 years. It is an international professional race organised by The Tour of Britain Limited and SweetSpot Group Limited in collaboration with the British Cycling Federation.
The Tour of Britain is the UK’s leading professional multi-Stage cycling race and the biggest free to watch spectator event in the country. The race attracts some of the world’s best cyclists which have previously included Mark Cavendish and Sir Bradley Wiggins.
The race is televised on ITV4 and Eurosport and also covered extensively on BBC Radio 5Live and local radios. The race is the most prestigious road race cycling event in the UK. It also has the potential to draw a large number of visitors and spectators, bringing considerable economic boost, increased overnight stays and providing the opportunity to showcase the location of each Stage as a tourist attraction to a wider UK audience.
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