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First stage for cycle event will finish up in the town
Cyclists, pictured here at the Eden Classic in 2016, will ride from Penzance to Bodmin for the first stage of the 2021 Tour of Britain; below, Bodmin Keep and Bodmin General Station will mark the finish
10th March 2021
By Ollie Young
Two monuments to Bodmin’s heritage will mark the finishing line for the first stage of this year’s Tour of Britain cycling event, new details have revealed.
The grand départ of the prestigious competition, which will go ahead after being postponed last year, will end in the town on September 5, after riders have navigated the Duchy all the way from Penzance.
It is hoped that around 180,000 people will line the roads of the region to watch the stage, which will be the biggest ever sporting event to be hosted in Cornwall, before it finishes between Bodmin General station and Bodmin Keep.
Cllr Debbie Henderson, the town Town Council’s chair of community services, said: “Bodmin, indeed Cornwall in its entirety, needs something to lift its spirits and be able to have a day of true celebration.
“Whether you are a cycling fan or not, the party-like atmosphere that will be present in Bodmin will not fail to bring people together and smiles to faces.
“Bodmin always recovers from adversity and the Tour of Britain will prove just how well we do that.”
Although Cornwall previously hosted the Milk Race – the popular pro-am race held across England and Scotland between 1958 and 1993 - the modern Tour of Britain has never previously visited the Duchy since its return to the calendar in 2004.
Penzance will host the start of this year’s opening stage with over 100 of the world's best riders tackling a scenic route along the region’s dramatic coastline and recognisable landscapes.
For the Bodmin section, riders will encounter a challenging ending to the race's first-ever stage in Cornwall, which culminates outside Bodmin General Station and Bodmin Keep.
The Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event, held annually across eight days in September with live coverage of the race shown daily in the UK on ITV4, in addition to around the world.
After a fast run in to the town centre, riders will climb for 500 metres up Turf Street and St Nicholas Street; a section that begins with a 13 per cent incline and averages a gradient of five per cent.
While the final 250 metres flatten out, sprinters will need to time their efforts to perfection to avoid being beaten in the battle to win the opening stage of the race and claim the first leader's jersey of the 2021 Tour.
Tour organisers SweetSpot Group are working with Cornwall Council, British Cycling, the UCI (cycling’s governing body) and other stakeholders to ensure that the Tour of Britain visit to the region takes place in line with the latest government regulations regarding public sporting events come September.
The race will give a massive boost to Cornwall’s economy, with independent economic reports estimating that the race will generate over £3 million of extra spending within the Duchy over the stage.
Tim Dwelly, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for culture, economy and planning, added: “Having the Tour of Britain in Cornwall offers us a chance to show our wonderful corner of the world to a global audience and will provide a much-needed boost for our towns and our tourist industry.”