Excitement is mounting on a huge scale for the Tour of Britain 2018 cycle race. Returning back to Cumbria after a break last year, The Tour of Britian is hold not one but two highly anticipated stages in the 2018 race. This route will showcase some amazing locations in Cumbria including Whinlatter near Keswick twice and then a stage running through the heart of the Lake District National Park on Friday September 7th. Cumbria and the Lake District have been some of the busiest stages for spectators in the last 5 to 7 years of the ToB with highlights being Beast Banks in Kendal (summit finishes on 2 stage occasions) to Honister Pass where hundreds lined this stunning pass in true Grand Tour style (although the Lakes being the Lakes, everyone was waterproofed up!).
With two stages and such routes, it’s all about trying to decide where to watch. Ambleside due to the race location and route is surely going to be one of the must watch locations.
During the 168 km stage, the riders will tackle three sprints and three KoM’s for extra points and for spectators, even more excitement.
As well as Ambleside being a scenic location, most definitely one that is going to attract hundreds of people, it is also around the half way mark. The town is set to be buzzing during the whole week with visitors arriving. Remember also, the team time trial the day before, Thursday 6th September. Starting from Cockermouth, anyone visiting Ambleside for the Barrow to Whinlatter stage should look to travel the relatively short distance to Keswick to watch this. Whinlatter is a hill top forestry park and for any of those who have cycled or watched the Fred Whitton from there, it’s a great cycling spectator point.
The route will pass directly past Rothay Garth Bed & Breakfast in Ambleside, a great tip for somewhere to stay should nothing have been booked yet. From there the route follows the one way system through Ambleside north and out of the village via the A591 to Grasmere, through this pretty village and then onto Cockermouth, Keswick before finishing at Whinlatter.
Come rain or shine, it’s set to be a fantastic couple of days. Accommodation is running out fast so get booking asap to avoid disappointment.