This is your complete guide to when and where you can see the Isle of Wight stage of the Tour of Britain when it arrives here next Sunday (September 11).
Echo of the Island has divided the 150km route into 7 zones, highlighting estimated timings and the best spectator vantage points in an easy-to-read format.
The action begins in Ryde at 11:00 with a ceremonial start, the competitors then passing through St Helens and Bembridge to Sandown where the first sprint will take place. It’s then time for the first King of the Mountain challenge at Brading Downs. There will also be sprints in Yarmouth and Cowes, which will challenge King of the Mountain at Cowleaze Hill, Shanklin and Zig Zag Road, Ventnor.
The inaugural Isle of Wight stage of the Tour of Britain will end at The Needles – the final challenge for the mountain king of the stage and the whole Tour. Even for professionals, it will be an almighty challenge.
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The varied nature of the course will cause even the most experienced riders to struggle, with Dan Martin, Tour of Britain ambassador and multiple Tour de France stage winner, telling Echo of the Island last month:
“It’s really disappointing when you compare it to a stage in the Alps, it’s not like anything, but the narrow winding roads and the steep slopes, it’s really tricky and I think it’s going to grab a lot of riders. When I first trained here I couldn’t believe how hard the roads are here, it’s really technical and demanding.