New details of the Devon leg of the Tour of Britain – from Sherford to Exeter – have been revealed a year ahead of the race coming to the county.
The second stage of the nation’s biggest professional cycling event will take in the South Hams, Dartmoor and climax with a city centre finish in Queen Street.
Top athletes from around the world will take on the 115-mile route on Monday, September 6, 2021.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council cabinet member with responsibility for cycling, said: “We’ve got a year to prepare for the Devon stage of the 2021 Tour of Britain, so we want to make it the biggest and best ever and try to inspire even more people to take to two wheels.
“Next year’s stage should be a good challenge for the world’s best riders.
“It would be fantastic to see the likes of the Yates brothers racing on Devon’s roads once again and it will provide a very welcome boost for our local economy.
“We always try to make it a special occasion when The Tour of Britain comes to Devon and it’s great to hear that one of our local professional riders, Freddie Scheske, was inspired by watching one of the Devon stages on Dartmoor a few years ago.
“Hopefully next year he will have the opportunity to compete in The Tour of Britain.”
The stage will feature three intermediate sprints; the first of which at Torcross as the route crosses the road along the narrow shingle bar that separates Slapton Ley from the sea.
Others will take place in Kingsbridge and Tavistock.
Three ‘King of the Mountain’ climbs will also feature; the first on the coast at Strete at the end of a two-kilometre climb from Blackpool Sands.
The others both come at Dartmoor National Park; the first an 8.7km climb of Rundlestone above Tavistock.
Cyclists will also ascend 434m above sea level to Postbridge and the famous Warren House Inn.
It will be the eleventh year that Devon has featured in the Tour of Britain, which has seen 1.7million people line the routes and the local economy boosted by £41million.
“We are delighted to be continuing our relationship with Devon County Council and being back here with the Tour of Britain in September 2021,” said Hugh Roberts, managing director of organisers SweetSpot.
Devon-based professional cyclists Natasha Reddy and Freddie Scheske, both University of Exeter students, helped launch the new details at the city’s quay.
Freddie said: “It’s the biggest race in Britain and would be a dream come true to race in it,”
“If I could ride the 2021 Tour of Britain it would be the biggest cycling achievement of my life, the run in goes past my university halls.
“It’s very inspirational and very motivational for me to keep training knowing that there will be a race here and I could be riding it.”
The 2021 Tour of Britain is due to take place between September 5 and 13 next year. It will start in Penzance, Cornwall, and finish in Aberdeen.
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