Tour of Britain 2012 – The Stages

The Tour of Britain website provides details on each stage, along with maps. You can also visit the site to find out estimates times that riders will pass certain sections, this is great if you plan on grabbing a good viewing spot along the route.

Here’s an overview of each one:

  1. Sunday 9th: Ipswitch to Norfolk Showground, 203km. This is the longest stage of the Tour of Britain. A festival has been setup for spectators at the Norfolk Showground, which will allow you to taste local food and drink.
  2. Monday 10th: Nottingham to Knowsley Safari Park, 180.7km. A far more mountainous stage that will bring out the climbers.
  3. Tuesday 11th: Jedburgh to Dumfries Whitesands, 161.4km. A popular stage for spectators with the three laps of the last section through Dumfries.
  4. Wednesday 12th: Carlisle to Blackpool, 156km. Featuring a couple of Category 1 (Hardest) climbs through the Lake District, this won’t be an easy stage.
  5. Thursday 13th: Stoke-on-Trent, 147km. With some tough inclines of up to 25%, this will be a good stage for a breakaway by the best hill climbers.
  6. Friday 14th: Welshpool to Caerphilly, 189.6km. Setting off from the magnificent Powis Castle in Welshpool, riders will need all the inspiration they can get on this lengthy stage. The Brecon Becons stand imposingly on their way to the finish line.
  7. Saturday 15th: Barnstaple to Dartmouth, 170.7km. For those down in Devon, this is an excellent opportunity to catch the cyclists powering through this stage.
  8. Sunday 16th: Reigate to Guildford, 147.8km. The final stage will be held this year in Guildford. Box Hill won’t be featuring in the race, but many other popular climbs for local cyclists and London cyclists who like to take a day out of the big smoke.

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