Riders in the 2011 Tour of Britain took a neutralised ‘parade’ circuit of Kendal in Cumbria on Monday morning after the second stage of the race was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.

Earlier in the morning race organisers had made the decision to cancel the stage after high winds and heavy rain had rendered parts of the day’s route from Kendal to Blackpool unsafe for racing.

“In my thirty years of organising cycling events I have never once had to cancel a stage before it even started, so this is not a decision that has been taken lightly,” said race director Mick Bennett.

“However today has presented as with a set of extreme circumstances. The safety of competitors, officials, staff and of course spectators is of more importance than the spectacle of the event. We cannot, and will not take the slightest risk when it comes to safety, hence today’s decision.

“Pockets of the route, including the start at Kendal were more sheltered but still experienced extremely blustery conditions. In the main though there were large sections of the stage on exposed hillsides, including the three Skoda King of the Mountains locations, plus the final five kilometres of the stage along Blackpool Promenade, where conditions were deemed unsafe by ourselves as organisers, hence the regrettable decision to cancel the stage.

“I would like to thank the teams and riders for their assistance today, and apologise to the many spectators out on the route who have missed out on the opportunity to see The Tour of Britain, but we hope that they will understand the reasons behind our decision.”

The sizeable crowd that had turned out in Kendal had a longer-than-expected chance to see the riders and grab some photographs and autographs.

More photos from Kendal in our gallery section>>

Jersey presentation, Tour of Britain 2011, stage two (cancelled)



Jersey presentation

Thor Hushovd, Tour of Britain 2011, stage two (cancelled)



World Champion Thor Hushovd turns his nose up at the weather

Young fans in Kendal, Tour of Britain 2011, stage two (cancelled)



Although they didn’t get to see any racing the fans did get a chance to see the riders

Kendal start line, Tour of Britain 2011, stage two (cancelled)



A moment of sunshine on a windy, wet morning as the riders line up for a parade lap of Kendal

Kendal parade lap, Tour of Britain 2011, stage two (cancelled)



Stage one winner Mark Cavendish out front

Kendal parade lap, Tour of Britain 2011, stage two (cancelled)



Peloton’s parade lap of Kendal

Soggy terriers, Tour of Britain 2011, stage two (cancelled)



Soggy doggies: Ruff weather

Geraint Thomas, Tour of Britain 2011, stage two (cancelled)



Geraint Thomas stays wrapped up

Pieter Ghyllebert charm, Tour of Britain 2011, stage two (cancelled)



Pieter Ghyllebert’s lucky charm

Mark McNally, Tour of Britain 2011, stage two (cancelled)



Mark McNally enjoys a moment in the dry

McEvoy, Brammeier and McNally, Tour of Britain 2011, stage two (cancelled)



Johnny McEvoy, Matt Brammeier and Mark McNally

Hugh Roberts explains cancellation, Tour of Britain 2011, stage two (cancelled)



Hugh Roberts, race organiser, explains cancellation of stage to ITV4’s Ned Boulting

Mark Cavendish



Mark Cavendish’s bike

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  • Ade Moore

    Though I can see Mick Bennett’s predicament and reasoning perhaps the race could have been neutralized through the worst conditions on the road then the finish brought back to the last sprint or somewhere sheltered?
    A bit like when the race is blocked by a level crossing.
    Just a thought ;-)

    Ade.