Gloucestershire is hosting its first full day of racing for the Tour of Britain 2023

The Tour of Britain is coming to Gloucestershire, as the county hosts its first ever full day of racing for the penultimate stage of the prestigious cycling race this September 2023.

By Chloe Gorman  |  Published
The Tour of Britain is coming to Gloucestershire this September 2023, with the county hosting a full day's racing for the first time. Image ©

For the first time in the event's history, Gloucestershire is hosting a full day of racing as part of the Tour of Britain 2023.

The county will host the penultimate seventh stage of the competition on Saturday 9 September 2023, when over 100 of the world's best riders will make their way from Tewkesbury to Gloucester Docks as part of the prestigious cycling race. 

Originally planned to take place last year but cancelled due to the sad passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2023 event will be the first time that Gloucestershire has ever hosted a full day's racing as part of the competition.

With the race taking part on a Saturday and the start and end points being just over 10 miles apart, organisers are hoping for a bumper turnout to cheer on the competitors on both the start and finish lines. 

The full details of the course riders will take is due to be announced soon, but promises to be an 'undulating route to really test the riders' and 'showcase the incredible scenery and landscape that Gloucestershire has to offer.'

Tour of Britain race director, Mick Bennett, added: 'We know how much people in Gloucestershire were looking forward to our planned stage in 2022, so, a little later than expected, we're excited to be heading to this beautiful part of Britain! 

'This stage is really going to give us an indication as to who will be crowned our 2023 champion, which further adds to the anticipation.' 

Leader of Gloucestershire County Council, Councillor Mark Hawthorne, added: 'I am delighted that we are able to host stage seven of the 2023 Tour of Britain, following on from the success of the Women's Tour coming to the county in 2022. 

'Events like the Tour of Britain are key to helping our economy thrive and showcase — to a significant international audience — all that Gloucestershire has to offer. Bringing world-class cyclists to our doorstep also has the potential to inspire more people to ride their bikes.'

For anyone who can't make it to the race in person, ITV4 is broadcasting live start-to-finish coverage of every stage, as well as a highlights show. 

The Tour of Britain comes to Gloucestershire on Saturday 9 September 2023.

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