Tour of Britain to return to Guildford
By mattcollison | Friday, March 22, 2013, 11:38
THE Tour of Britain is returning to Surrey this year with riders once again racing to the finish line in Guildford.
Tour of Britan 2013 is coming to Guildford.
The county will be host to the penultimate stage of the UK cycle race on Saturday, September 21, with a 96-mile race starting in Epsom and finishing in a final climb up Guildford High Street.
The rider line up has not yet been announced but previous competitors include former world champion and Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish and Olympic gold medallist and Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins.
This year's Surrey stage is even tougher than 2012 with daunting climbs over the first half of the race before some flat-out sprints in the run up to Guildford. The King of the Mountain climbs and sprint locations will be announced in May.
John Furey, Surrey County Council's Cabinet Member of Transport and Environment, said: "This will be the second year running Surrey has welcomed the Tour of Britain and once again the bone juddering Guildford High Street will prove a scintillating finish for both riders and spectators.
"We proved last year with the Olympic cycle races and the Tour of Britain that Surrey is adept at hosting high profile sporting events. There is a huge appetite for cycling in Surrey and I have no doubt our county will be the highlight of the Tour. Record numbers in the event's history turned out in Surrey last year, some 225,000."
Hugh Roberts, Chief Executive of The Tour of Britain, said: "As a Surrey based company we are delighted to once again have a home stage, particularly one with such an iconic finish as Guildford. Surrey will once again provide a perfect backdrop for the Tour as it draws towards the conclusion of the 2013 race."
Last year's Tour of Britain generated almost £7.2 million for Surrey's economy and was watched by almost one million television viewers on each of the event's eight days. This year's race will again be televised.
The Tour of Britain 2013 will begin in Scotland on 15 September and end in London seven days later on Sunday, September 22. Further UK-wide details can be found here.
The Surrey stage will pass through the towns and villages including Epsom, Leatherhead, East Horsley, Dorking, Holmbury St Mary, Cranleigh, Shere, Send, Woking, Ottershaw, Chobham, Knaphill, Normandy, Elstead, Churt, Farnham and Guildford.
The race will be pass through the boroughs and districts of Epsom and Ewell, Mole Valley, Waverley, Guildford, Woking, Runnymede, Surrey Heath.