The Tour of Britain cycling race will be coming to Dorset for the first time on Saturday 10th September 2022. 

The Tour of Britain is the UK's most prestigious cycle race and the country's largest free-to-spectate live sporting event. It takes place each September over eight days and eight stages.  

Stage Seven is when the Tour arrives in Dorset and is an event not to be missed.  

The Dorset stage starts at 11am in West Bay and then heads east through many towns and villages including Burton Bradstock, Abbotsbury, Portesham, Chickerell, Weymouth, Dorchester, Lulworth, Corfe Castle, Wareham, Bere Regis, Milton Abbas, Blandford Forum, Wimborne Minster and Verwood. The finish line is on Ferndown’s Victoria Road and with the first rider expected to arrive around 3pm. 

The race attracts the world's top cyclists including Olympic, world and Tour de France champions. Across the eight days there is normally a roadside audience of over 1.5m spectators.  

It is expected that the start line at West Bay and finish line at Ferndown will be very busy. There are sprint races at Dorchester, Wareham and Knowlton, which are normally hugely popular with spectators.  

At towns and villages along the route, this is a big opportunity for tourism businesses to make the most of the event and the media coverage that Dorset will receive on the day and afterwards. 

Live coverage of the race is shown daily in the UK on ITV4, in addition to around the world. 

You can read more about the Tour of Britain on our website, including a map of the route and timings of when the race will be coming to a town or village near you. 

Look out for Visit Dorset social media promoting the race. You can also follow and share the Tour of Britain social accounts too: Twitter @TourofBritain | Facebook @ToBcycling | Instagram @thetourofbritain.

Tour of Britain event organisers have supplied posters, leaflets, maps and social media assets which you can use to promote the event. You can download them for free from our Google Drive.