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Isle of Wight road map finally unveiled

With just five months to go until the final stage of the prestigious Tour of Britain arrives on the Isle of Wight, the full route has now been revealed.

The start of the route was revealed in February as starting in Ryde, organizers have been keen to keep the entire route quiet until all agreements are in place.

Today (Wednesday) the Tour of Britain reveals which towns and cities can expect more than 100 world-class cyclists to cross their roads on Sunday, September 11, as the world watches.

needle ryde
To the best of our understanding after studying the map, the route starts from Ryde, heads towards Bembridge, then around the base of Culver, descending into the summit of Sandown.

Then pass through Brading and climb along the Brading Down road before turning left along the Downend road, through Merstone, turning right at the RSPCA T-junction (Bohemian Corner). Passing through Rookley and left before the skatepark towards Chillerton, then Billingham. The right turn will see the route rejoin what was originally part of the Isle of Wight TT circuit.

Kingston, Shorwell, Brightstone, Mottistone, following the road to Shalcombe, where it is left on The Middle Road. Right at the T-junction after Apple Farm, via Freshwater. Up Collwell Road to Yarmouth and out of Bouldnor Road.

Up to Cowes
A left at Shalfleet Garage will take them along Corf Road, skirting the southern edge of Newtown, through Porchfield and left into Little Whitehouse Vale. Reading left, head up Rew Street, through the bustling lanes that is Gurnard, past Egypt Point. At the end of Queen’s Road in Cowes, it’s right and right (at first sight) to Baring Road, through Northwood towards Newport.

Right at St Mary’s Hospital, along Forest Road, then left through Gunville, left at Carisbrooke, through Newport and right at Coppins Bridge. Straight through Blackwater to Lucky Rookley (for the second time), Godshill, Sandford, to the southern limits of Shanklin, where it’s right at the lights near the Shanklin Theatre.

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Hairpin bends in Ventnor
From here over hill and dale to Ventnor, where runners will descend to the beach, to Bath Road (!), uphill to Whitwell Road where they will turn left, and once at Whitwell, left towards Niton. The long trail to Blackgang and along the military road (hopefully they won’t have to fight a headwind) to Freshwater Bay.

Not long before the finish now, through the narrow roads, along Moons Hill towards The Needles, with the climb up to the finish at the Old Battery (can you imagine how the pictures of helicopter are going to be superb?)

TL; DR? : Ryde; Bembridge; Sandown; Brading Downs; Luminous stone; Totland; Yarmouth; Northwood; Cowes; Newport; Godshill; Shanklin; Ventnor; black gang; Fresh water; finish at Les Aiguilles.

The last stage route map

Jones-Evans: Let’s use this event to show how fabulous the island is
Cllr Julie Jones-Evans, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Business Development, said:

“We are very proud to host the final of the country’s most prestigious cycle race right here on the Isle of Wight.

“Wherever you are on the island you won’t be far from the road, and hopefully that will mean we have plenty of people to support some of the best professional cyclists in the world.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase the island’s stunning scenery as a premier cycling and holiday destination, as well as provide a stern test for riders in what will be a tough finale.

“The Isle of Wight Council has played a leading role in bringing the Tour of Britain to the island and we are encouraging local communities to get involved – for example, by decorating their town or their village to show their support or by organizing a special community event.

“It will be especially exciting for our children and young people to see the cycling elite where they live and to show the region to countries watching around the world. What could be more inspiring for our children than to see the professionals on their doorstep?

“Let’s use this event to show how fabulous the island is to the world and have fun at the same time – it’s a win-win!”

Bennett: IW will become a go-to destination for cyclists of all ages and abilities
Tour of Britain race director Mick Bennett said:

“I know the Isle of Wight stage will be a spectacular and fitting finale to this year’s Tour of Britain.

“Together with our partners on the island, we have designed an itinerary that visits the main cities, shows its culture and history, and ensures that the battle to be crowned our 2022 champion goes all the way.

“I’m already hearing stories of people booking their trips across the Solent for the stage – I have no doubt that once racing fans see how great the Isle of Wight is for cycling , it will become a go-to destination for cyclists of all ages and abilities!”

Rolling road closures
As previously mentioned, for most of the route, a rolling road closure will be in place meaning the roads will only be closed temporarily. The board says it will usually be between 15 and 40 minutes before the race passes.

As you’d expect, on-street parking restrictions will be introduced along the route for the duration of the race and the council says more detailed information will be made available.

To find out more about the Tour de Bretagne, visit the official website.