This year’s Tour of Britain cycle race will end in a dramatic battle at The Needles here on the Isle of Wight, with full race route details now confirmed.
Building on the success of last year’s race, which saw the overall lead change hands 5 times in 8 days, the battle for victory in the 2022 edition is set to continue once again until to the last pedal strokes.
That battle will take place here on the Isle of Wight on Sunday 11th September in what is expected to become the biggest sporting event the island has ever seen. 100 runners will complete a grueling 150km race that includes over 5,900 feet of climbing.
It is in February that Echo of the Island reported rumors that the final stage of the Tour will end in West Wight at the iconic beauty spot. Now it has been confirmed by race organizers that the race – and the Tour – will end with a 2km climb to Tennyson Down, the last 400m of which has an average gradient of 9.6%, this making it the hardest ending of any Tour de La Bretagne in contemporary history.
Competitors will start in Ryde before passing through Nettlestone, St Helens, Bembridge and Sandown before heading to The Downs and Arreton. The race will then go via Merstone, Rookley and Blackwater to Newport and then on to Cowes via Gunville.
The action then continues west to Porchfield, Shalfleet, Yarmouth, Totland before heading east along Middle Road to Brightstone and Shorwell. But that’s not all… Competitors will then have to tackle Godshill, Shanklin, Ventnor, Whitwell and Niton before joining Military Road en route to Freshwater Bay and the uphill finish at The Needles.
Fans will be able to catch the race in multiple locations thanks to the way it circles the island, allowing ample travel time from location to location. Racing action is expected to begin around 10:00 a.m. and continue until 4:00 p.m.
For most of the route, a rolling road closure will be in place. This means that the roads will only be closed temporarily, usually between 15 and 40 minutes before the race passes.
Additional on-street parking restrictions will be introduced along the route for the duration of the race and more detailed information will be made available in due course.
Tour of Britain race director Mick Bennett said:
“As promised when we unveiled the host regions for the Tour of Britain in February, this year’s race features a number of surprises, including hilltop finishes to start and end the eight-day competition of world class.Creating a route that encourages aggressive racing and brave tactics from day one will enhance the reputation of the race, leave over a million spectators watching in person for free with lasting memories, enhance the breathtaking beauty of our host sites, and repeatedly entertaining global audiences.
ITV4 will continue to show live flag-to-flag coverage of every stage, as well as an overnight highlights show, allowing fans across the UK to watch wherever they are. The race will also be broadcast in more than 150 countries around the world, thanks in part to the event’s partnerships with Eurosport and the Global Cycling Network.
This year’s Tour of Britain will start in Aberdeen on Sunday September 4 before heading to Hawick, Durham, Redcar, West Bridgford, Teweksbury, West Bay in Dorset and then Ryde.