A sunny Ceredigion welcomed the Tour of Britain for the start of the fourth stage of the race on Wednesday.
Leader of the Ceredigion County Council, Ellen ap Gwynn said: “What a beautiful sunny day to welcome the cyclists, event organisers, fans of the Tour of Britain to Ceredigion. The positive atmosphere in Aberaeron and along the routewith spectators enjoying the sun while practising safe distances as the race began is to be commended. As a county, we can be proud of being a host county for this momentous race. Congratulations to Gruff Lewis, a Welsh road cycling champion from Talybont who was taking part today and won the sprint at Borth. We wish him the best of luck with the rest of the event.”
The 2021 race will take place during the second week of September, as is now traditional: Sunday 5 to Sunday 12 September. The 2021 dates were confirmed by the UCI, the sport’s governing body, last year.
ITV4 who televised the whole event commentated on the ‘friendly feel’ felt in Aberystwyth and throughout the route. Aberystwyth has a great track record of holding successful cycling events in the past.
Councillor Rhodri Evans, Cabinet Member for ‘Economy and Regeneration: “The fourth stage of Britain has been a big success here in Ceredigion with the cyclists racing through the county with positive fans and spectators giving a warm welcome; the event really has showcased our fantastic coast and countryside. Ceredigion has long supported cycling in the county and we look forward to building on this success by welcoming further events in the coming years. As we say here, once you’ve visited once, you will ‘Caru Ceredigion’ (Love Cerdigion) and want to come back again.”
Where is the 2021 Tour going?
Cornwall will host the Tour of Britain for the first time ever in September 2021, with the Grand Départ of this year’s race seeing riders travel 170 kilometres through the Cornish countryside, starting at Penzance and ending in Bodmin.
The stage’s provisional route (subject to final approval) will also visit St Just, St Ives, Hayle, Camborne, Pool, Redruth, Falmouth, Penryn, Truro, Newquay, St Austell and the Eden Project.
The agreement to hold the race was confirmed at a special signing ceremony with the Tour of Britain organiser SweetSpot and Cornwall Council at Chy Trevail in Bodmin on Friday 22 March 2019.
STAGE TWO: SHERFORD TO EXETER – MONDAY 6 SEPTEMBER
Taking place on Monday 6 September, the Devon stage will start in the new community of Sherford in the South Hams and finish in the city of Exeter. The cathedral city last hosted a stage finish in 2014 when Austrian Matthias Brändle soloed to the victory.
Details of the stage were first revealed on Tuesday 5 November 2019 by SweetSpot and Devon County Council.
STAGE THREE: CARMARTHENSHIRE TEAM TIME TRIAL – TUESDAY 7 SEPTEMBER
A team time trial features for only the second time in Tour of Britain history on stage three. The Carmarthenshire team time trial stage will see the world’s best tackle an 18.2-kilometre route, starting from outside Llandeilo and finishing at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, which is home to the world’s largest single-span glasshouse. Carmarthenshire previously welcomed the Tour in 2018, when it hosted the race’s Grand Départ.
STAGE FOUR: ABERAERON TO GREAT ORME, LLANDUDNO – WEDNESDAY 8 SEPTEMBER
Stage four – the Queen stage of the 2021 race – will culminate with a finish atop the Great Orme in Llandudno. The 215-kilometre route will take the race to parts of mid-Wales for the first time in modern Tour history, including Aberaeron, the start host venue in Ceredigion, Aberystwyth, Borth and Barmouth. A tough ending to the stage sees the race heading through the Snowdonia National Park and an ascent of the Great Orme’s Marine Drive toll road before tackling the 1.9km, 9.8% average climb to the finish.
STAGE FIVE: ALDERLEY PARK TO WARRINGTON – THURSDAY 9 SEPTEMBER
North West England will play host to stage five of the 2021 Tour of Britain, a day of racing that begins at the world-leading biotech campus Alderley Park and culminates in Warrington for a finish outside the town’s famous Golden Gates. Both start and finish locations are new to the race.
STAGE SIX: CARLISLE TO GATESHEAD – FRIDAY 10 SEPTEMBER
As previously announced Cumbria will welcome the return of the Tour of Britain for a third consecutive year when Carlisle hosts the start of a stage that will finish across the Pennines in Gateshead. This will be the first stage finish in the town since 2009 – the winner will be crowned in the shadows of Sir Antony Gormley famous Angel of the North sculpture.
STAGE SEVEN: HAWICK TO EDINBURGH – SATURDAY 11 SEPTEMBER
Scotland is due to host two stages of the race with Hawick hosting the Tour of Britain for the first time and the city of Edinburgh hosting its first ever stage finish of the race. As well as visiting parts of East Lothian for the first time, this stage will finish along Queen’s Drive in the famous Holyrood Park.
STAGE EIGHT: STONEHAVEN TO ABERDEEN – SUNDAY 12 SEPTEMBER
Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils have agreed a two-year deal to host the Tour of Britain, now beginning with the final stage of the 2021 race on Sunday 12 September.
The Aberdeenshire coastal town of Stonehaven will play host to the stage start, with the route also featuring a much-anticipated ascent of the famed Cairn o’Mount climb in the opening kilometres.
Full details of the route will be unveiled in due course, although it can be revealed that the successor to Dutch sensation Mathieu van der Poel will be crowned in Aberdeen city centre following a day of racing largely set in the stunning Aberdeenshire countryside.
Not only will the 2021 stage mark the first time the Tour of Britain has visited the region, it will also be the furthest point north the modern edition of the race has ever reached.
How much does it cost to watch?
The Tour of Britain is FREE to watch – making it the most spectator-friendly and accessible events on the UK sporting calendar. Make sure to join in the party atmosphere along the route and embrace the arrival of the world’s best riders in your home town!