DoonHame gets up and away!

WALLACEHILL Events, organiser of the Tour DoonHame, has revealed the race route for the 2011 edition of the British Premier Calendar event.

The 2011 stages will take competitors on a journey through the origins of cycling amid the dramatic landscapes of Dumfries & Galloway.

It includes a completely new stage based in Moffat, climbs set amidst the dramatic scenery of the Lowther Hills and town-centre finishes for all three stages, making the 2011 Tour a must-ride race for elite road racers from the UK and beyond.

The 2011 Tour DoonHame is a counting event on British Cycling’s Premier Calendar Elite Road Racing Series and it takes place in Dumfries & Galloway over the Easter holiday weekend.

The Tour attracts a field of up to 140 of the best riders from throughout the UK and further afield, and competitors tackle a testing course in excess of 250 miles over three days.

Tour DoonHame is sponsored by ScottishPower Renewables and is funded by EventScotland and Dumfries & Galloway Council.

Race Organiser Ian Sinclair and his team have devised a challenging and competitive route that builds on the experience of last year’s inaugural Tour DoonHame.

Sinclair said: “We have worked hard over the last few months to produce a route worthy of the event’s inclusion on British Cycling’s Premier Calendar.

“In response to competitor feedback, we have introduced longer stage mileages, stiffer climbs and town-centre finishes. The stage is set and I’m confident that the riders will provide spectators and Eurosport viewers with one of the most fiercely contested events of the 2011 road racing season.

“It should be great weekend of road racing.”

The 2011 routes emphasise the road cycling heritage of Dumfries & Galloway, taking competitors past the resting place of John Loudon McAdam in Moffat, inventor of the modern road, including a sprint past the smithy where the first pedal bicycle took shape and travelling past the home of the Scottish Cycle Museum.

Steven Lindsay, of ScottishPower Renewables, the main sponsors of the Tour DoonHame said: “ScottishPower Renewables is very supportive of cycling and of events and initiatives that encourage tourism and economic development, especially around our developments.

“Dumfries & Galloway’s varied landscapes and quiet roads make it one of the best places in the UK to cycle by road, and I’m particularly pleased to see the 2011 routes venturing further afield, up into the Lowther hills and back to the birthplace of the bicycle, Keir Mill.”

Dumfries & Galloway Council continue to support Tour DoonHame and Councillor Ian Carruthers added: “Dumfries and Galloway has a great series of road and mountain bike events and it is terrific that the former Girvan road race is now based in Dumfries and renamed the Tour DoonHame.”

Tour DoonHame takes place from Saturday, April 23 to Monday, April 25 and will be shown on British Eurosport.

For more information about Tour DoonHame and the spectator facilities at the event, log on to www.tourdoonhame.info.