Tuesday 1 April 2014
The route of the 2014 Tour of Britain cycle race was announced last night and for the first time it is coming through the Chilterns.
The UK's biggest professional cycle race takes place from 7th - 14th September 2014 and features some of the world's top cyclists. Full details of the teams have not been announced yet but famous British cyclists like Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish have taken part in previous Tours.
On Friday 12th September the penultimate stage of the race will start in Bath and finish in Hemel Hempstead, with the final third of the route tackling some steep climbs in the Chiltern Hills. The route passes Wallingford, Chinnor, Princes Risborough and Chesham with a finish in Gadebridge Park in Hemel Hempstead.
"The final third of Stage Six through the Chilterns will be one of the toughest sections of the 2014 route, with a series of short, sharp climbs for riders to tackle," said Race Director Mick Bennett.
Dacorum Borough Council is working on the finale of Stage Six with Hertfordshire County Council, Buckinghamshire County Council, Oxfordshire County Council, the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the Cycle Chilterns Project.
Councillor Neil Harden, Portfolio Holder for Residents and Regulatory Services at Dacorum Borough Council, said: "We want to hear from local businesses who'd like to get involved and make the most of opportunities this major sporting event offers."
See our Tour of Britain page.
There is more information at www.tourofbritain.co.uk