Keswick Welcomes Tour of Britain.

On Monday 5th September Stage two of Britains biggest professional cycle race will see the Tour of Britain return to Cumbria once again as the county emphatically declares itself ‘open for business’ after this winters devastating flooding with a stage from Carlisle city centre to the tough finishing climb of Beast Banks in Kendal, via Cockermouth, Keswick and Ambleside.
From Carlisle the riders will immediately head South to Penrith before turning West and tackling the hills of the Lake District including Whinlatter Pass. The sternest of these tests is likely to come in Ambleside as the peleton take on the climb notoriously known as ‘The Struggle’ to cap a stage with 3,779m of climbing. The subsequent descent will take them down to Windermere before the run in to the finish in Kendal with the 200m, 11% average climb of Beast Banks awaiting riders in the finale.
A huge television screen in Keswicks Market Square will broadcast the Cumbrian stage of this year’s Tour of Britain, which is due to pass through the centre of the town mid-stage on Monday 5th September.
The all day event which will see a range of great activities taking place in addition to the screen has been organised by Keswick Tourism working closely with Keswick bikes, Rather be Cycling, Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre and Allerdale Borough Council.
The race is expected to pass through the centre of Keswick between 1.46pm and 2.22pm after 127 kilometres of racing, although activities will get underway in Keswick from 11am. Having already completed the SKODA King of the Mountains climb of Whinlatter Pass they will then head out of town with riders tackling the days penultimate climb of Chestnut Hill within Keswick.
Vanessa Metcalfe, Tourism Manager for Keswick Tourism Association said
‘Keswick is at the heart of the action for The Tour of Britain’s Cumbrian stage this year and the town has really embraced the event. Many people have entered our ‘Decorate a Bike’ competition and we are expecting a real party atmosphere. Anyone thinking of coming to see the Cumbrian stage will be well placed to see the action by coming to Keswick where you’ll be able to see your cycling heroes in the flesh, then settle down and watch the rest of the stage on our massive 25 metres square television screen’
The 2013 event was a huge success and the organisers are confident that this year will be no different. As well as the live footage, visitors will be able to watch the evening highlights and there will also be a family movie, showing at around 4.30pm to keep the kids entertained.
Come and stay at The Borrowdale Gates Hotel and experience the thrill of The Tour of Britain.