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30 August 2016

Tour of Britain - plan ahead when travelling in Cumbria on Monday 5 September

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The Tour of Britain - the country’s premier road cycling event - is coming to Cumbria on Monday 5 September.

Some of the world’s top pro riders, including Team GB Olympic heroes Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, will be racing on Cumbria’s roads during Stage 2 of the Tour, from Carlisle to Kendal.

The 117-mile route through the county starts in Carlisle city centre and the riders will then head off via Penrith, Cockermouth, Keswick, Grasmere, Ambleside and Windermere to the finish atop the challenging climb of Beast Banks in Kendal.

Some key points and timings along the route:

  • 11am: Start on English Street, Carlisle

  • 11.46am - 11.54am: Riders approach Penrith

  • 12.47pm - 1.09pm: 1st Sprint through Hesket Newmarket

  • 1.21pm - 1.50pm: 2nd Sprint through Cockermouth

  • 1.32pm - 2.10pm: 1st King of the Mountains climb, Whinlatter Pass

  • 1.48pm - 2.26pm: 2nd King of the Mountains climb, Chestnut Hill, Keswick

  • 2.13pm - 2.54pm: 3rd Sprint through Grasmere

  • 2.21pm - 3.12pm: 3rd King of the Mountains climb, The Struggle, Ambleside

  • 2.55pm - 3.45pm: Finish on Beast Banks, Kendal

Note all timings are approximate. Earlier time refers to expected times for lead riders, later time for when most riders are expected to have passed.

People travelling on the county’s roads on race day are being advised to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys to minimise disruption.

Traffic and parking restrictions will be in place on a number of roads in the centre of Carlisle from 6pm on Sunday 4 September to 1pm on Monday 5 September. Full details here: LINK

Once the race officially gets underway in Carlisle at 11am on Monday 5 September, a rolling road closure will be in place as the riders progress along the route. Roads affected are likely to be closed for approximately 30 minutes while the cyclists and support teams pass through. Every effort will be made to keep any disruption to a minimum but drivers should expect some delays on race day. Access for pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained throughout.

The Struggle in Ambleside and the A592 from Brothers Water down to the roundabout with A591 will be closed to traffic from 9am. Spectators are advised to park in Ambleside and walk or cycle up to vantage points for the 3rd King of the Mountains climb.

A number of roads will be closed in the centre of Kendal for the race climax. A road closure encompassing Stricklandgate and Highgate, from Library Road to the Town Hall, Market Place, Branthwaite Brow, Finkle Street and Allhallows Lane will be in place from 2pm to 5pm. A number of roads in and around the finish on Beast Banks, Kendal, will also be closed from 11pm on Sunday 4 September to 10pm on Monday 5 September.


Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We’re thrilled to once again be hosting the Tour of Britain, which will attract many visitors to the county, boost the local economy and showcase Cumbria’s magnificent landscape to a worldwide television audience. There will be a number of road closures to ensure the race can take place safely but we will be working hard to ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum and we would ask drivers to plan ahead for the day.”



Two stages of the Tour of Britain 2015 took place partly in Cumbria and boosted the local economy by nearly £3.4 million. A total of 105,000 spectators attended the two stages in Cumbria, with 55% coming from outside the county. 1.59m viewers watched national TV coverage of the Cumbria stages on ITV4.

For the full route map and list of ETAs for the Cumbria stage, visitwww.tourofbritain.co.uk

The Cumbria stage of the Tour of Britain is sponsored by the following organisations: United Utilities, Carlisle City Council, Allerdale Borough Council, Eden District Council, South Lakeland District Council, University of Cumbria, Lake District National Park Authority and Cumbria County Council.

The Tour of Britain – the country’s premier road cycling event – is coming to Cumbria on Monday 5 September.