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Article published 11/02/2022

It has been a big week for the Tour of Britain, as the host regions for this year’s edition of the country’s leading cycling race have been revealed on the same day last year’s race was shortlisted as a finalist at the prestigious Sport Industry Awards.

Who are the host regions for 2022?

Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire will host the race’s Grand Départ on Sunday 4 September, one year on from the region welcoming the final stage of the 2021 race. This is the first time that the Tour of Britain has started this far north, with the race starting in the city of Aberdeen, where a full weekend of activities to run alongside the race, including the Scottish Cycling Criterium Championships, is planned.

The stage will then finish in spectacular style in Aberdeenshire, taking a different route to the one raced in 2021, which will bring the event into the heart of brand new communities.

For the third edition running, Scotland will host multiple days of the race as a part of the country’s continuing commitment to hosting world-class racing ahead of the 2023 UCI Cycling Worlds, with more details and the location of the second stage to be announced in due course.

The Tour will then head to England, taking in the North East and Sunderland (Stage three), Redcar and Cleveland and North Yorkshire (Stage four), Nottingham (Stage five), Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire (Stage six), Dorset (Stage seven), before a spectacular finale across the Solent on the Isle of Wight where this year’s overall champion is crowned on Sunday 11 September.

The Tour of Britain is a key part of our world-class portfolio of events taking place in Scotland this year and EventScotland is delighted to be supporting the hosting of two stages of this prominent cycling race for the third edition running.

Scotland is the perfect stage for events and our long-term partnership with the Tour of Britain is the ideal platform to showcase what the country has to offer as we build towards the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland's Director of Events

Award nominations

The news comes as the seventeenth edition of the modern Tour, which ran from Cornwall to Aberdeen and was won by Belgian star Wout Van Aert, was nominated for the "Event of the Year" category at the Sport Industry Awards. 

The event is up against BLAST Premier Fall Final 202, EFL Sky Bet Play Off Finals, The Hundred and Wimbledon – The Championships 2021, with the winner announced at an event at Evolution London on Thursday 12 May.

This is the second award that the race has been nominated for in the space of three weeks: the 2021 Tour of Britain is also shortlisted for the "Sporting Event of the Year" at the Event Production Awards.

My congratulations to the Tour of Britain for their nomination for Sporting Event of Year. It is thoroughly deserved and reflects the dedication of both the organisers and the host regions to deliver Britain’s leading cycling race.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland's Director of Events

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