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Cornwall Set to Host Tour of Britain

Cornwall looks set to host the first stage of the Tour of Britain cycle race in 2020 and the possible routes have been revealed.

A report going to Cornwall Council’s Cabinet on Wednesday recommends that the council submits a bid to host the first stage of the event in 2020.

The report reveals where the cyclists could ride as part of the event.

Before selecting these routes, the council laid down several criteria that must be applied, they are: that the route has to be between 160km and 180km; should pass through communities to maximise live viewing and sponsorship opportunities; pass through iconic venues that Cornwall would like to have TV exposure and pass through high footfall areas to maximise visitor spend.

The first route measures 183km and passes 40% of the entire population of Cornwall. The race will start in Penzance and end in Bodmin.

The alternative route starts the race from Bude to Launceston, taking in Boscastle all the way to St. Neot and ending in Launceston. It measures 172km.

The last route measures 171km passing a potential 150,029 people. It starts the race from the Eden Project and ends in Saltash.

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet will discuss the report when it meets next Wednesday (Nov 7), where the preferred route will be decided as well as approval of the budget of £345,000 to underwrite the core costs of hosting the event and the appointment of a sponsorship manager to attract sponsors.

 

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