Surrey Heath Borough Council today announced that Camberley will host the start of the penultimate stage of the 2014 Tour of Britain Cycle Race. At this evening’s council Executive Committee meeting will discuss an additional paper on the Tour of Britain 2014. This paper seeks approval “to enter into the Host Venue Agreement to pay £60,000, and to provide a number of services to enable the event to take place.” The Council is planning to recover this cost through sponsorship. The press release says,
“The Tour of Britain will return to Surrey Heath this September as Camberley hosts the start of the penultimate stage of the 2014 Tour, on Saturday 13th September. Stage Seven of Britain’s biggest professional cycle race will commence from Park Street in the centre of Camberley, before heading south through Surrey towards the South Downs.
Cllr Craig Fennell, Portfolio holder for Business at Surrey Heath Borough Council said: “We are delighted and honoured to be hosting Stage 7 of the Tour of Britain in Camberley. Park Street will be a real destination for people in the borough to watch the race, cheer on the cyclists and soak up the atmosphere. There will be lots of exciting announcements coming over the next few weeks and months.”
Stage Seven is provisionally scheduled to be the longest of the 2014 Tour at 220-kilometres, heading through West Sussex and East Sussex, and taking in the climb of Ditchling Beacon, to the finish on Brighton’s seafront.
“We look forward to visiting Camberley for the first time with this year’s Tour of Britain,” commented Race Director Mick Bennett, “And look forward to working with Surrey Heath Borough Council to make Stage Seven a day to remember for spectators.”
The 2014 Tour of Britain will begin in Liverpool on Sunday 7th September, finishing eight days later in central London with a double-header final day, featuring an individual time trial and circuit race finishing on Whitehall.
This year’s Tour of Britain will be the first ranked at the 2.HC level following an upgrade during the winter by the UCI, the sport’s governing body.
There are a number of official sponsorship and advertising packages available to local and national companies. For more information go to www.surreyheath.gov.uk/tob2014 or email: email@example.com
The details of the cycle route from Camberley is,
The start location will be Park Street in Camberley, with the route then heading south out of the town centre, through Watchetts and Frimley, onwards past Frimley Lodge Park and finally through Mytchett before exiting the borough and heading into Guildford, then Waverley before leaving the county.
This is a notable coup for Surrey Heath, which I imagine will please the local cycling community and businesses.