Tour of Britain Route Confirmed Today

By Jane Cruickshank / July 20, 2021
bike leaning against wall of viewpoint at top of Cairn o Mount

STONEHAVEN’S role as start point of the final stage of this year’s Tour of Britain was confirmed today with the announcement of the official route.

Aberdeenshire will hit the world stage with when the cycling competition takes place in September. The final leg of the race on Sunday September 12 will start at Stonehaven Leisure Centre, travel down David Street and Allardice Street to the Market Square before heading up through the town to the Auchenblae Road via Kirkton of Fetteresso.

And by popular demand from local cyclists, the route includes the ŠKODA King of the Mountains climb at Cairn o’Mount (3.35km, 9.5% average).

In a route covering 107.6 miles, the peloton will briefly head into the Cairngorms National Park, with Ballater marking the most westerly point of the stage, before the run in to the finish line on Aberdeen’s Esplanade begins. The last time the finish line was in Scotland was in 2008.

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Aberdeenshire Council leader Cllr Andy Kille said: “The route announcement of the final stage of the Tour of Britain is something we have long waited for and feels incredibly significant for our region. Seeing the teams line up in Stonehaven and then taking on some of our spectacular climbs and sprint stretches will be exciting. The eyes of the world will be on us.”

“I am aware that the team are working hard behind the scenes to make sure that this event can go ahead as safely as possible, and I want to reassure our communities that everything is being done to ensure we are delivering this race in line with regulations and safety measures.”