Available Months September 2023
Nights 3 to 7 Nights
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AJ Bell Tour of Britain VIP Experiences UK

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VIP and Hospitality experiences will be available with us for every stage of the 2023 AJ Bell Tour of Britain. Spend a day on a stage in an official race car or cross the finish line with Dan Martin and have your photo taken on the winner’s podium. These are just some of the VIP experiences on offer in September.

Tour Highlights

Tour Highlights

  • Drive Experience: On all stages, places are available in an official VIP Car that follows the race. This is a full day that starts with enjoying start village followed by driving on the course and enjoying food and drinks along the way. The day finishes in style with hospitality at the finish line.

  • Cross the Finish Experience with Dan Martin: With our Tour of Britain Cross the Finish Experience we meet yous at the Finish Hospitality Area and Dan Martin and our guides will lead the group onto the course to ride the final 50 kilometres of the day’s stage on the course.

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What's Included

Drive Experience

On all stages

Ride Experience with Dan Martin

On all stages

AJ Bell Tour of Britain VIP Experiences Cycling Holiday

The 2023  AJ Bell Tour of Britain route will be announced at a later date. The below itinerary refers to the curtailed 2022 edition of the event.

Itinerary

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Stage 1 : Aberdeen - Glenshee Ski Centre

The Tour of Britain has had a Scottish Grand Départ 7 times before in modern Tour history but this stage will mark the furthest north the race has ever started. Stage one will begin in Aberdeen city centre on Sunday 4th September, 2022. In Aberdeen a full weekend of activities is planned including a 2022 Tour of Britain team presentation event and the Scottish Cycling Criterium Championships.

Stage 2 : Hawick to Duns

The Scottish Borders will host a full stage for the second time in three editions on day two of this year’s race. Hawick, famous for its knitwear and the first whisky distillery to open in the region since 1837, will be the starting point of stage two. The race’s eighth visit to the Borders will feature a mix of roads old and new to the event, before a first-ever finish in Duns. The stage winner will be crowned in the shadow of the Jim Clark Motorsport Museum, which celebrates the two-time Formula 1 world champion who lived nearby.

Stage 3 : Durham to Sunderland

This year’s race ventures onto English soil for the first time on stage three, which takes place between Durham and Sunderland. History will be made when riders roll out in the shadow of the city’s famous cathedral: Durham has never previously hosted a stage start or finish in a professional edition of the Tour of Britain. Stage three’s route will initially head west, taking the peloton through the North Pennines AONB, before heading back through County Durham and into Sunderland. The route will weave past some of the city’s beautiful green spaces and through communities on its approach to the finish line outside of Sunderland’s new City Hall, which forms part of a £500m development in the city.

Stage 4 : Redcar to Duncombe Park, Helmsley

Stage four (Wednesday 7 September), taking place between Redcar and Duncombe Park in Helmsley, will likely be another day that will shape the general classification. The start will be the first time the borough of Redcar and Cleveland has hosted the Tour of Britain, while the finish marks the race’s return to North Yorkshire in 13 years. Popular seaside towns such as Saltburn-by-the-Sea and Whitby will be raced through before the route heads into the North York Moors National Park. The unforgiving final 30 kilometres of this 150 kilometre stage feature the climbs of Carlton Bank (2km long, 9.8% average gradient) and Newgate Bank (2km long, 6% average gradient) before descending into the finish at Duncombe Park, one of Yorkshire’s finest historic houses and estates.

Stage 5 : West Bridgford to Mansfield

The Tour’s first Nottinghamshire stage since 2018 will start and finish in the same places – West Bridgford and Mansfield – as it did four years ago, albeit with a different route that takes in Cotgrave, Gedling, Southwell, Retford and Worksop before heading into Mansfield via Clumber Park and Sherwood Forest. The finish will again be outside Mansfield’s Civic Centre, however it will be approached from the opposite direction to which Team Sky rider Ian Stannard approached it en route to a memorable solo victory. This will be the only stage of the 2022 Tour with less than 2,000 metres of climbing.

Stage 6 : Tewkesbury to Gloucester

Gloucestershire’s first-ever full stage of the Tour of Britain will take place between the medieval market town of Tewkesbury and the cathedral city of Gloucester. With the start and finish locations separated by a little over 10 miles, fans will easily be able to attend both on race day, which will further add to the atmosphere at this free-to-watch sporting spectacle. Stage six’s route will head into the Cotswolds before approaching the finish by the historic Gloucester Docks via South Gloucestershire. Gloucestershire County Council’s commitment to supporting tourism and active travel will see the Women’s Tour, the UK’s most prestigious women’s cycle race, also visit the county in 2022 for a Tewkesbury to Gloucester stage (Wednesday 8 June, albeit using a different route.

Stage 7 : West Bay to Ferndown

Dorset’s natural beauty – including the Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site that runs through the county – will be showcased to the world on the penultimate day of this year’s race. Stage seven will take the riders from West Bay, known for its striking golden cliffs, to Ferndown via one of the most stunning routes in Tour history. Stage seven will run parallel with the West Dorset Heritage coast before passing through Dorchester, West Lulworth and Corfe Castle. The route heads inland towards Wareham, Milton Abbas and Wimborne Minster and loops round into the heart of Ferndown town centre.

Stage 8 : Ryde to The Needles

The Tour will become the biggest-ever sporting event to take place on Isle of Wight soil when the race finishes there on Sunday 11 September. Stage eight promises unforgettable for riders and fans alike, owing to the spectacular 150-kilometre route from Ryde to The Needles. Not only will the route showcase the island a worldwide TV audience – its county town of Newport, as well as the popular tourist locations of Cowes, Sandown, Shanklin, Totland, Ventnor and Yarmouth all feature – fans will be able to catch the race in multiple locations owing to the way it loops around the Isle. The final 20 kilometres will take the peloton along the stunning Military Road, which offers stunning panoramic views out across the English Channel, towards The Needles Landmark Attraction. This year’s race culminates with a two-kilometre climb up to Tennyson Down, the final 400 metres of which average a gradient of 9.6%, making it the toughest ending to any Tour of Britain in modern history.

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