The UK’s largest cycle race, The Tour of Britain, is returning to Devon this autumn.
Stage 2 of the race will take place on Monday September 3, starting in the UK’s newest town, Cranbrook, in East Devon and finishing in Barnstaple, North Devon.
It will be hosted by Devon County Council, supported by North Devon Council and East Devon District Council and working with Barnstaple Town Council and Cranbrook Town Council.
It will be the tenth time in 12 years the Tour has visited Devon with the county hosting starts and finishes annually between 2009 and 2014 with the last Devon Stage held in 2016.
The race will mean another massive boost to Devon’s economy. Independent economic reports estimate that the race has generated around £37million of extra spending over the past nine Devon stages, with around 1.5 million people lining the county’s roads to watch.
This year’s Devon stage will start in Cranbrook, opposite St. Martin’s CofE Primary & Nursery School, in what will be the first time the town has ever hosted a global or national sporting event.
The race will conclude in Barnstaple, on The Strand alongside the River Taw. Further details of this year’s route will be announced by the Tour of Britain at their national launch at the beginning of June.