The detailed route of the Surrey stage of this year’s Tour of Britain has been revealed.
Surrey will host the eighth and final stage of the national cycle race on Sunday 16 September, starting in Reigate and finishing on the cobbles of Guildford’s steep High Street.
The street-by-street route was announced by Surrey County Council yesterday (21 May) during a special school assembly at Moon Hall College in Reigate which is next to the start line of the Surrey stage of the race.
Pupils were treated to a Question and Answer session with race organisers and the youngsters were also the first to hear the location of the race’s sprints and king of the mountains climbs.
The school was chosen for the launch to encourage young people to take up cycling.
Pro cyclist Dan Craven who rides for Team IG Sigma Sport predicted the entire eight-day Tour could come down to the final few hundred metres up Guildford High Street.
Craven said: “Depending on what happens in the stages before, there could be big differences (between riders) and the leader could be safe, but if not, it will be a real nail-biting finish because on an uphill finish like that you have chances to get back those seconds.”
Speaking about the Tour coming to Surrey for the first time, he added: “I think it’s fantastic and just shows that cycling and the Tour of Britain is spreading in the UK.
“Consistent all day long climbing like you find in Surrey really suits me and a cobbled uphill finish sounds fantastic.”
The stage will cover more than 90 miles of Surrey roads with the riders passing through the centre of Guildford early in the day, before heading out to the Surrey Hills and returning to Guildford for the finish.
Helyn Clack, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games, said: “Watching the cyclists gunning for glory up Guildford’s cobbled High Street will be an exhilarating experience.
“We’re already hosting the Olympic cycling road races and time trials, so having the Tour of Britain here will give people in Surrey another chance to watch world-class athletes on our doorstep.”
The location of the race’s sprints and king of the mountains climbs are as follows:
Yodel sprint* locations:
- Dorking High Street at approximately 12.30pm
- Guildford High Street (as riders pass through Guildford for the first time) at approximately 1pm
- Stane Street, Ockley, at approximately 2.10pm
SKODA King of the Mountains** climbs locations:
- Staple Lane at approximately 1.30pm (category three)***
- Crocknorth Road, Crocknorth, at approximately 1.40pm (category two)
- Leith Hill Road, Leith Hill, at approximately 2pm (category two)
- Barhatch Lane/Greensand Lane, Winterfold, at approximately 2.30pm (category one)
For more information, journalists can contact Surrey County Council media officer Nicole Herlihy on 020 8541 8039 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors
* The first riders to reach designated Yodel Sprint locations throughout the eight-day race are awarded points.
** The SKODA King of the Mountains jersey is awarded to the peloton’s strongest climber who collects the most points by being the first to reach the top of designated climbs throughout the race.
*** King of the Mountains climbs are graded on difficulty with category one being the most difficult and category three being the least difficult.
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