Scotland is gearing up to host the Grand Depart of The Tour of Britain this September with preparations for Sunday 11th September already well underway.
The eighth edition of Britain’s national Tour, and the final one to take place before the 2012 Olympic Games, will see the race return to Scotland, with the first stage taking place between the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.
“We are very happy to be returning to Scotland in 2011 and look forward to a warm welcome once again this September”, said Hugh Roberts, Chief Executive of SweetSpot Group, organisers and promoters of The Tour of Britain.
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Office for EventScotland agreed saying, “Scotland is ready to welcome The Tour of Britain back over the border in September. There is a real buzz in the country at present around cycling after Scotland’s success in Delhi and ahead of London 2012 and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014. It is great to have such an exciting and successful event on our doorstep for the wider community to support and get involved with.”
Full details of the route the stage will take will be unveiled in the Spring, but the Scottish Borders has been confirmed as hosting the start of the opening stage. This will be the second occasion that the area has welcomed The Tour of Britain, following Peebles holding the start of Stage Three of the 2009 Tour.
After beginning in Scotland The Tour of Britain will visit England and Wales over the following seven days, finishing in London on Sunday 18th September. Full details of each of the stages will be announced at the National launch in the Spring.
Further details of The Prostate Cancer Charity Tour Ride Scotland will be announced shortly. In the meantime riders can register their interest in taking part by visiting www.tourride.co.uk
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