The Tour of Britain, the largest cycling race in the UK, is to hold its finale in London on Sunday 3 September. The event will trial parts of both the 2007 Tour de France Grand Depart route and proposed Olympic cycling route.
The final stage of the race, the longest stage of a cycling race to ever hit London’s streets, is sponsored by Transport for London (TfL) and forms part of its work to encourage more people to cycle in the capital.
The route of the final stage travels from Greenwich Park, over Tower Bridge and into the City, following part of the Tour de France 2007 route which passes some of London’s best known landmarks.
The race will also follow a proposed 2012 Olympic cycling route up and over Hampstead Heath then down to Regent’s Park, through Hyde Park on to the Tour de France Prologue route and finally in to St James’s Park for 20 laps of the park’s perimeter to the finish.
BikeFest will be held along the Tour of Britain finishing straight and will be a fun event for cyclists and aspiring cyclists alike to find out how they can take to two wheels.
Transport for London’s Peter Hendy , said: “London has never seen a cycle race of this scale” adding that the event “is the third time the Tour of Britain has finished in the capital and this year’s race promises to be bigger and better than ever.”