CW reveals the leaked 2016 Tour of Britain route, with Glasgow, Bath, Dartmoor and Bristol all set to feature.

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

  • AlexM

    Just this wee little range full of mountain passes called the Scottish Highlands.

  • Billy

    There isn’t anything north of the M8.

  • Joel

    Aye mate, good point. We do tend to go on a bit. Ha!!

  • Jacob Tipper

    Probably want to avoid people from Yorkshire going on about it all the time.

  • Sharon Crawford

    It might be purely down to logistics. Last year a lot of riders/teams complained about the long transfer times, that some of them were longer than the stages themselves, so that may have been part of the decision. Hence why this year’s race is more concentrated on one side of the country too perhaps.

  • Joel

    Aye lad, probably right. It all comes down to cost.

  • Dave

    Shame the organisers haven’t realised the stunning potential of Northern Scotland.

  • Mark Jones

    Like you say, they have the Tour de Yorkshire, so councils are unlikely to also bid to host a stage of the Tour of Britain.

  • zero

    There are many, many counties not featured…

  • Joel

    How come it’s called the Tour of Britain but it miss’s out the largest county in England, Yorkshire?
    I know we’ve now got the TdY but, is Yorkshire not part of Britain these days? We’ve got some of the best riding in the country.
    Probably too hard for em?

  • Tom Sharp

    Can’t wait to see the routes around bath and bristol, some very punchy climbs around!

  • AlexM

    As per usual total disregard for anything North of the M8. Brilliant!

  • Mark Jones

    That’s potentially a very good route, but it will depend on the bits in between the start and finish towns. Carlisle to Kendal will hopefully include at least one of the Lakeland passes and finish up Beast Banks again. Knutsford to Congleton sounds like a lumpy route through the Peak District. Good to see stages in Bristol and Bath again and I would have thought the Cheddar Gorge will feature on the Bristol stage.

  • Why do you have to leak things? We can wait for the official you know.