The Isle of Wight will host the final stage of the UK’s most prestigious cycle race, the Tour of Britain… and you are all invited to join the celebration!
It will be the first time the iconic race would have ever been hosted on the Island and
the event will offer an amazing sporting spectacle for visitors and locals alike, seeing
19 of the world’s top teams and over 100 pro elite riders race across the Island’s varied and
The Island leg of the race – stage 8 – takes place on Sunday 11th September and starts
in Ryde and finishes with an arduous climb to the Needles New Battery. The race
spans 150km and passes through a wide range of the Island’s towns and villages;
from Ryde the race will pass through the main towns of Bembridge, Sandown,
Rookley, Shorwell, Mottistone, Freshwater, Yarmouth, Shalfleet, Cowes, Newport,
Godshill, Shanklin, Ventnor, Niton to finish at The Needles.
The race will be televised live on ITV4 in the UK and around the world by Eurosport
and the Global Cycling Network (GCN). A one-hour highlights show will also be
shown each evening.
The race will officially start from Ryde Esplanade between 11am-12pm on Sunday
11 September. Set-up will be from 5am on the day and team buses and the riders will
arrive between 8am-9am.
The team buses will be based along North Walk, north of the canoe lake.