Tour of Britain returns to Surrey next year

Cycling’s Tour of Britain will return to Surrey next year after massive crowds made today’s race on the county’s roads a huge success.

Surrey County Council has signed up with the tour organisers to host a stage of Britain’s biggest professional bike race for the second successive year next September.

It comes after Surrey staged the Olympic road races and time trials before launching an annual event based on the Games route with London Mayor Boris Johnson to feed the nation’s new-found enthusiasm for cycling.

Huge crowds massed in Surrey for the final stage of this year’s Tour of Britain, creating scenes reminiscent of this summer’s Olympic events.

Up to 200,000 people lined the roadside between Reigate and Guildford to roar home British superstar Mark Cavendish, who sprinted to victory on the stage. British rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke claimed overall victory in the eight-day tour.

Surrey County Council’s Leader Councillor David Hodge (Warlingham) said: “Watching the riders gunning for glory through Surrey was spectacular so we’re delighted to welcome the Tour of Britain back next year and further cement Surrey’s reputation as a world class place to ride and create a new Tourism destination.

“We brought the tour here because it will boost the economy by as much as £2.5 million and build on the cycling fever sweeping the country following the Olympic success in Surrey.

“Now we’re looking forward to doing it again next year and teaming up with Boris Johnson for a weekend-long festival to inspire even more people to try out the sport.”