When the Tour of Britain, the UK’s largest cycle race, returns to Devon this year Cranbrook will play a major role, with Stage 2 of the race starting here on Monday September 3!
The Devon stage will begin opposite St. Martin’s C of E Primary & Nursery School and will be the first time Cranbrook has ever hosted a global or national sporting event. The race will finish in Barnstaple and further details of this year’s route will be announced by the Tour of Britain team at their national launch at the beginning of June.
The event will be hosted by Devon County Council, supported by North Devon Council and East Devon District Council, working with Barnstaple Town Council and Cranbrook Town Council.
The race will mean another massive boost to Devon’s economy. Independent economic reports estimate the race has generated around £37million of extra spending over the past nine Devon stages, with around 1.5 million people lining the county’s roads to watch.
For your chance to win a pair of VIP hospitality tickets to the Tour of Britain Devon Stage you can visit the Devon County Council stand at the Devon County Show from May 17-19.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, DCC’s Cabinet Member for Highways Management with a remit for cycling, commented: “The last two Devon Stages were unforgettable occasions….this year we have decided to take a different route, starting in the UK’s newest town Cranbrook and returning to North Devon for the first time since 2012.”
Councillor Tom Wright, East Devon District Council’s Portfolio holder for the Environment, commented: “Starting the stage in Cranbrook will underline our commitment to the young families who have made Cranbrook their home.”
Councillor Kevin Blakey, Chairman of Cranbrook Town Council, said: “This is great news for Cranbrook. I am sure everyone in the town will be delighted that, as one of Britain’s Healthy New Towns, we have been chosen as the starting point for the second stage of one of the biggest sporting events of the year. We look forward to welcoming everyone involved in the Tour, and the spectators who will be sure to give the competitors a rousing send-off. “