Details of all of the 2017 Tour of Britain route, which runs from September 3 to 10
Glasgow hosted the start of the race last year, and it was reported in 2015 that Scotland would once again host the race’s Grand Depart in 2017, with the country’s capital Edinburgh playing host.
Organisers SweetSpot have in previous years spent no more than two days in Scotland, and a photo on Twitter by the Tour Series – also run by SweetSpot – shows a map depicting a number of routes across the UK, with one appearing to start from just south of the border and ending by the Northumberland east coast.
This would suggest that the first stage will be held entirely in Scotland, with the second stage finishing in the north-east, which would tie in with previous comments by Northumberland councils who have repeatedly stated their aim to bring the national tour back to the region after hosting a stage finish in Blyth in 2015.
— The Tour Series (@TourSeries) January 20, 2017
From there, it looks like the race could resume, probably on stage three, in East Yorkshire and end in Lincolnshire. There is also a marked route starting in North Lincolnshire – perhaps Scunthorpe, which hosted the race’s start in 2009 – and heads due south. However, there are no council minutes that suggest Lincolnshire have bid for the race.
Ipswich Borough Council have already stated that one of their key events of the year is hosting a stage of the tour, although whether that’s a start or finish, and what stage it would be, has not been speculated.
The Tour of Britain route tends to spend a lot of time in the south-west of the country, and although the Exeter Express and Echo have reported that it won’t revisit Devon this September, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and south-east Wales are all very much in the running and appear on the aforementioned map.
Worcester City Council announced last October that they needed £80,000 to bring the race back to the city, having last held the start in 2014.
Meanwhile, successful hosts of last year’s race, Rhondda Cynon Taf council are aiming to bring the race back to the Cynon Valley in Wales once again. Stage five of the 2016 race, won by Jack Bauer, started in Aberdare Park and finished in Bath.
The map seemingly shows a route starting on the Welsh border and then ending in Worcester.
The nearby Cotswolds have also bid to host the race, with the idea being that the race would take in Tewkesbury before a finish in Cheltenham on the penultimate stage, Saturday, September 9, as documented in January 19 council minutes.
The final stage will be at the traditional circuit race around London, which was recently confirmed in a recent TfL document.
The 2017 race commences on Sunday, September 3 and finishes on Sunday, September 10.