Tour of Britain sprints into Ayrshire

Elia Viviani wins at Floors Castle near Kelso in the Scottish Borders during the 2015 Tour of Britain
Elia Viviani wins at Floors Castle near Kelso in the Scottish Borders during the 2015 Tour of Britain

After Britain’s Olympic success this month Ayrshire is gearing up for the arrival of the Tour of Britain cycling race on Sunday 4 September.

British Olympic cycling hero Sir Bradley Wiggins has already confirmed he will be on the Tour of Britain.

Sir Bradley became the first Briton to win eight Olympic medals with victory in the team pursuit in the Rio Olympics in a new world record time.

Final preparations are now underway for the first stage of the event which starts on Sunday, September 4 with around 10,000 spectators expected in the south west alone. Ayr Roads Cycling Club are delighted to have been invited to provide volunteers in support of the Ayr Road Sprint at Dalmellington. The Sprint is scheduled to take place at 2pm on Sunday 4th September.

This will be the last Sprint point of the day and undoubtedly is one to watch. The tour is packed with quality riders and members of the public interested in attending should get there early. The Ayr Roads club run will head in that direction on the day.

Leaving from Glasgow the peloton will head south through Kilmarnock and Ayrshire as they make their way towards Dumfries & Galloway.

The race will then pass Loch Doon and Loch Ken as they skirt the outsides of the Galloway Forest Park the finish of the first stage will be in the town centre of Castle Douglas after 161km of racing.

The 2016 Tour of Britain will kick-off in Glasgow on September 4, beginning a 1308.5km journey down the west of the UK before finishing up with the final stage in London a week later.

There’s a mix of stages with some sprint finishes and some difficult climbs, including a summit finish on the Haytor climb in Dartmoor.

This year’s Tour of Britain will feature ten of the UCI’s top level WorldTour teams for the first time ever, with the teams from the top tier of the sport making up half the field for this September’s Tour, which takes place from Sunday 4 to Sunday 11 September.

This is a world-class line-up of teams entirely befitting of the Tour of Britain’s continuing growth in stature and importance on the global cycling calendar.

Among those teams will be Team Dimension Data, who won the 2015 Tour of Britain with Edvald Boasson Hagen and now also boast Mark Cavendish.

They will be joined by the likes of regular Tour of Britain participants Team Sky, Movistar Team, BMC Racing Team and Cannondale Drapac, while Team Giant Alpecin, Orica BikeExchange and Trek Segafredo return having not competed in 2015.

Team WIGGINS will also race, with Sir Bradley Wiggins had already publically stated that he intended to ride the Tour of Britain following the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, and the public will be anxious to acclaim his Rio successes.

Jonny Clay, British Cycling director of cycle sport and membership, said: “The fact that 10 World Tour teams have confirmed their place on the start line in Glasgow at this year’s Tour of Britain is a fantastic endorsement and underlines the strong reputation that the event now holds within an ever increasingly competitive international calendar.

“We are greatly looking forward to the spectacle of a world class peloton racing on British roads this September.”