The finalised route for Cornwall’s stage of the 2020 Tour of Britain, which will begin right outside the Queens Hotel, has been announced.
Britain’s biggest professional cycle race will see 120 professional riders start on Penzance promenade and finish in Bodmin after visits to St Ives, Redruth, Falmouth, Truro, and the Eden Project at St Austell.
The race is expected to bring a ‘massive boost’ to Cornwall’s economy. Organisers are hoping for 180,000 spectators and independent economic reports estimate that the event will generate more than £3 million of additional spending in the Duchy.
Andy Hawes, Tour of Britain Route Director, said: “Having worked with Cornwall Council extensively over the last few months, we have considered, assessed and now created a fantastic stage route that provides the perfect balance of showcasing Cornwall’s fabulous environmental assets, tourist attractions, facilitating superb spectator viewing opportunities and providing high footfall visitor opportunities within many towns across the route to provide a huge economic impact and business opportunities to the county.
“We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with Cornwall Council over the forthcoming months and working with communities along the route to ensure the successful delivery of a world class sporting event hosted by Cornwall in 2020.”
Emily Kent, Head of Economy, Skills and Culture, Economic Growth and Development at Cornwall Council, said: “Today’s Community Launch to showcase the Grand Depart Stage of the Tour of Britain in 2020, has a multi-purpose to it. Firstly, it is to connect and engage with communities across the county to showcase the biggest ever sporting event being hosted in Cornwall. We look forward to working with communities on engagement programmes across Cornwall to ensure that this event becomes a huge success right across the county.
“Secondly, we are delighted to announce the confirmation of the Cornwall Tour of Britain Stage route which will showcase Cornwall not just for cycling fans, but for wider communities across the county as well. Hosting the Grand Depart Stage of the Tour of Britain will bring visitors into Cornwall, not only along the Stage route, but across the rest of the county and it will also help to enhance our profile both at home and abroad. We will also work to ensure we create a long-lasting legacy from the event by raising the profile of cycling in Cornwall and motivating more people to cycle and lead healthier, more active lives.
“Thirdly, we are also delighted to announce our official Cornwall Tour of Britain logo and website. The logo will act as a visual identity for the Stage hosting that will be seen and recognised across the county as we build up towards the Grand Depart Stage and the website will be used as a vital source of continued news and information about the ongoing delivery of the Stage.”
The Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event and the most prestigious race in Britain, and is shown live on ITV4 and Eurosport as well as being broadcast in 190 countries worldwide.
The Cornwall Grand Depart Stage of the Tour of Britain is taking place on Sunday 6th September.