Tour of Britain stage revealed for Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen

Lucy Johnston 2021, News

The final stage route for the Tour of Britain in September – which will be in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire – has been announced.

Stage 8 will begin in Stonehaven and this year’s overall champion will be crowned in Aberdeen at the end of the most northerly stage ever to feature in the Tour of Britain.

By popular demand from local cyclists, the route includes the King of the Mountains climb at Cairn o’ Mount (3.35km, 9.5% average). The peloton will briefly head into the Cairngorms National Park, with Ballater marking the most westerly point of the stage before the run in to the finish line on Aberdeen’s Esplanade begins.

Aberdeenshire Council leader Cllr Andy Kille said: “The route announcement of the final stage of the Tour of Britain is something we have long waited for and feels incredibly significant for our region. Seeing the teams line up in Stonehaven and then taking on some of our spectacular climbs and sprint stretches will be exciting. The eyes of the world will be on us.”

“I am aware that the team are working hard behind the scenes to make sure that this event can go ahead as safely as possible, and I want to reassure our communities that everything is being done to ensure we are delivering this race in line with regulations and safety measures.”

Aberdeen City Council Leader, Councillor Jenny Laing, said: “We welcome today’s announcement, which many people have eagerly been waiting for. We look forward to hosting the Tour of Britain in Aberdeen in September and enjoying the many positive impacts at a regional level for tourism, health and wellbeing.

“This will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase the North-east, one that signals our ambition as a council to build momentum around our post-Covid economic recovery plans. Officers are continuing to work with race organisers, partners and stakeholders to ensure that we take this opportunity to celebrate all that our city region has to offer.”

Chris Foy, CEO, VisitAberdeenshire, said: “We’re proud to welcome some of the best cyclists in the world to the roads of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire as the Tour of Britain event comes to an exciting end. No doubt the spectacular route from Stonehaven to Aberdeen will inspire cyclists watching on television to venture north to take on our iconic climbs and enjoy our renowned hospitality.”

Chair of Nestrans, Councillor Sandra Macdonald, added: “Across the North East we have a wealth of cycling routes with features that make for dynamic, challenging and breathtaking rides. The Stage 8 route will showcase some of the very best we have to offer as a fantastic destination for cycling. It is great to see the area continuing to develop as a host for competitive cycling. I know that the Tour of Britain will leave a legacy that will inspire and impassion others to take to the pedals.

“Nestrans has an important role in championing cycling as an attractive option for travel. This includes developing and improving routes and facilities, connecting communities, delivering grants, working with schools and businesses and promoting road safety. Our work with partners through our sustainable travel brand, Getabout, focuses on making it easier for people to choose to cycle.”

Russell Borthwick, chief executive of Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, said: “After the extraordinarily tough times the region has weathered in recent months it is fantastic to be looking forward to an event like the Tour of Britain which has the potential to bring substantial economic benefits to the North-east. It is not only businesses along the route that can benefit, the extensive TV coverage will showcase our region to visitors from across the UK and potentially beyond and we would encourage businesses of all kinds to start thinking about how they can make the most of this opportunity.”

Pete Crane, Head of Visitor Services at the Cairngorms National Park Authority: “We are delighted to welcome the Tour of Britain to the Highlands, and in particular to the Cairngorms National Park. As the UK’s largest national park, there are literally hundreds of great cycling routes for cyclists of all ages and abilities. These include National Cycle Routes 7 and 195 (Deeside Way) and for those looking for a challenge the 90-mile SnowRoads scenic route taking in the highest public road in Britain at the Glenshee Ski Area. Easy to see why Tour of Britain stage is coming to Aberdeenshire to ride this stunning landscape. Large-scale events such as these are a great showcase for the benefits of getting active and exploring all that the Cairngorms National Park has to offer.”