The 2014 Tour of Britain began on the 7th of September and will run all the way to the 14th of September. The Tour was scheduled to commence in Liverpool from the 7th of September, a Sunday, with the focus largely on a number of local riders such as Marcel Kittel, Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins. Essentially, the Tour of Britain is a cycling race in various stages that takes place along British roads where participants race around Great Britain all in trying to complete the entire tour in the fastest time possible.
History of the race
As early as the 7th of June 1942, the first multi-stage tour of Britain was held in defiance of the National Cyclists Union’s stand on disallowing mass riding as far back as the 19th century. The riders and organizers of the first race in 1942 organized one that started from Llangollen and ended in Wolverhampton as much as they were banned after defying the cycling body.
In turn, they created the BLRC (British League of Racing Cyclists) that wanted to create a Tour de France version for Britain apart from mass racing. In 1944, August, the first ever Britain’s multi-stage racing was carried out in Kent, known as the Southern Grand Prix won by Manchester’s Les Plume. In 1945, a bigger race was organized by the BLRC to celebrate the end of the Second World War, dubbed as the Victory Cycling Marathon. The race started from as far as Brighton all the way to Scotland’s Glasgow and carried out in five main stages. Suffice to say the first ten places were worn by Frenchmen, with Robert Batot winning the entire race.
Since the early stages of the Tour of Britain, different stage races that have been held since the big war adopted the name of the current event, such as the PruTour, Kellogg’s Tour of Britain and the Milk Race. From 2004 when the current version of the modern race started the Tour of Britain became part and parcel of the UCI Europe Tour.
Between 1999 and 2004 the Tour Britain went into a hiatus. After returning in 2004, it gave birth to what is considered a highly modern Tour of Britain that increased to about eight stages from five by 2008. The race is a professional race for men currently attracts teams from Union Cycliste Internationale World Tour. However, the multistage race also attracts amateur and semi-professional teams.
The reigning champion of the 2013 version was Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain.
Tour of Britain 2014
The 2014 Tour of Britain scheduled from 7th of September all the way to the 14th is the eleventh edition of the historic race. Starting from Liverpool, it is expected to end in London after two stages across Wales, three stages around England’s West and two stages in England’s South-East.
The race began in Liverpool’s city centre and swept across Three Graces buildings in Liverpool with thousands of street-lined spectators witnessing the worlds most prolific and famous cyclists starting their eight stages cycling adventure of Great Britain.