Published: May 12, 2009
Tour of Britain cycle race will return to Burnham area this September

The Tour of Britain Cycle race will be returning to the Burnham-On-Sea area this September, it was announced on Tuesday (May 12th).

The first day of the South West Stage of the race, on Thursday September 17th, will see the 96 riders
start in Frome, travel through Wells, Wedmore, Mark and East Huntspill on their way to Bridgwater, as shown on the map above.

The riders will then make their way over the Quantocks, before skirting Taunton at Cotford St Luke and heading west through Wiveliscombe and crossing the border into Devon, where they will finish on Bideford Town Quay - covering 187km in all.

For the first time, the race which finished in the centre of Burnham-On-Sea last year, will see two stages in the South West this year.

A second day's racing will see the riders cover a further 160km between Hatherleigh and Yeovil.

Last year, the Tour of Britain's organisers estimated there were 107,000 spectators who watched the South West stage and an additional £1.859m was spent by visitors on the day.

Graham Jones, Route Director of The Tour of Britain, added: "For the first time ever, The Tour of Britain will have two fantastic stages take place in the South West region."

"Stage six, which makes its way over Exmoor, will prove to be a testing stage for the riders, while stage seven will be one of the toughest and keep the overall winner in doubt until the very end of The Tour."

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