The naval port of Dartmouth is to host a stage finish in this year's Tour of Britain and we are very excited to announce that the penultimate stage of Britain's premier road cycling race will be coming right past our two Coastal Retreat properties in Stoke Fleming before finishing in Dartmouth.
The Tour of Britain 2012 returns to South Devon when it rolls into the county on Saturday, September 15. Stage Seven, the penultimate stage of this year's eight-day race, will start in Barnstaple and cover 106 miles of the county, including major climbs on Dartmoor, before finishing in Dartmouth. A coast-to-coast ride across Dartmoor will challenge all the riders without a flat section in sight.
Star cyclists who took part last year include current road cycling world champion Mark Cavendish, last year's world champion Thor Hushovd and Devon's Jon Tiernan Locke, the former number one rider for the Kingsteignton-based Mid-Devon CC/Colin Lewis Cycles. Last year, he won the King of the Mountains prize and finished fifth overall.
He said: "I'm definitely keen to ride in the Tour of Britain again. Last year went really well and it was truly special being on my local roads. "It'll be a great occasion to have Britain's best cycle race back in our local area. I know Dartmoor well and Dartmouth will be a stunning finish." Click here for Barnstable to Devon route.