Region Hosting Tour of Britain 2014
1 April 2014, 11:07 | Updated: 1 April 2014, 12:53
A sea of cyclists in brightly coloured jerseys will be pedalling through the region this September in the Tour of Britain 2014.
Bristol and Bath are among the newest cities to be added to the Tour of Britain.
Some of the best riders in the world will also be cycling through Gloucestershire and Wiltshire for the eight-stage event in September, which starts up in Liverpool and snakes its way to London.
Race Director Mick Bennett says:
"The route will again showcase some fantastic scenery, and combine major British cities with charming and picturesque towns and villages, as well as testing climbs, all of which will make for a memorable Tour."
Director of British Cycling's Cyclesport, Jonny Clay, says:
"The Tour of Britain will not only deliver on every level for cycling fans, giving them the opportunity to see the best teams and riders in the world competing on their doorstep, but it is also a great day out for people of all ages.
"Watching from the race from the roadside is free, allowing thousands of spectators to get caught up in the excitement of the event passing through their city, town or village.''
Bristol will host Stage Four - a 182km journey which starts in Worcester - and ends with a gruelling hill climb up the city's Bridge Valley Road, finally concluding on Clifton Downs.
The trip south on that day also takes in Gloucestershire, including towns like Cheltenham and Stroud.
Stage Six passes through Bath, which makes its debut on the Tour. The historic Royal Crescent is the backdrop for the start here.
And later that day, people in Wiltshire will get to see the riders in pictureseque towns like Bradford-on-Avon and Devizes.
The Tour of Britain 2014
Stage One Sunday 7 September Liverpool
Stage Two Monday 8 September Knowsley to Llandudno
Stage Three Tuesday 9 September Newtown to the Tumble
Stage Four Wednesday 10 September Worcester to Bristol
Stage Five Thursday 11 September Exmouth to Exeter
Stage Six Friday 12 September Bath to Hemel Hempstead
Stage Seven Saturday 13 September Camberley to Brighton
Stage Eight a Sunday 14 September London individual time trial, presented by TfL
Stage Eight b Sunday 14 September London circuit race, presented by TfL