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The countdown is on

There are just days until the Tour of Britain arrives in Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City.

Arguably the biggest race in the British cycling calendar, the eighth and final stage will start in Stonehaven at 10.30am on Sunday 12 September, before the 173km route weaves through Aberdeenshire, finishing at Aberdeen Beach.

Excitement is mounting as the cycling community gears up to watch some of the world’s best riders take on the Cairn o’ Mount climb, the sprints and the dramatic finish.

Please click here for the most up-to-date information on road closures and to find out how you can get involved.

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Spectator Information

Please click here for some important information for spectators across the route. Please find more information about timings here. If you plan to watch the race along any part of these routes there are things you will need to remember:

  • Have a plan B – if you arrive to any point on the routes and find it busy, please be prepared to move on to another location.
  • Personal responsibility – only stay at a location if you have space. Consider wearing a mask if it makes you feel safer.
  • Give people space – avoid crowded areas and remember face coverings are advised as they often help others to feel safe too. 
  • Parking is limited – particularly on rural stretches, parking will be limited. Please only park where parking is available, stick to local parking restrictions and never park on the route. Can you cycle or walk safely to the location where you want to watch the cyclists pass? Consider public transport where possible.
  • Respect the safety of the riders – please give them space as they pass along the routes. Please note that you will not be able to access the team parking areas at the start and finishes.
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Important spectator information and guidance

The final stage of the Tour of Britain is coming to Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City in September.

Some of the world's best riders will take on the climbs and sprints when the race leaves Stonehaven on 12 September and arrives in the city for a spectacular finish at the beach.

You can see the exact route the riders will take here (stage 8).

If you plan to watch the race along any part of these routes, there are things you will need to remember and certain Temporary Traffic Orders to consider. please click here to find out more.

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10:30am - 4:00pm, Aberdeen Beach Boulevard

Join in the fun at the Getabout Activity Village!

As the Tour of Britain rolls in to the North-East, come along to a celebration of cycling and sustainable travel at the Getabout Activity Village.

There’s fun for everyone with High Ropes, a BMX stunt show, as well as Segways, Go-Karting, face painting, entertainment and lots of other interactive cycling activities. View our map of all the different activities to enjoy! Entry is free!

There's also a chance to win a £250 cycling voucher whilst you're down at the beach, all you have to do is find the 12 hidden Getabout branded items. Find out more by clicking here!

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Window Dressing Competition for local businesses

Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council are delighted to welcome the Tour of Britain professional cycle race to the region for the first time this September. To show your support for the Tour of Britain 2021 and to help create a cycling buzz in the region, businesses are encouraged to dress their windows with a cycling design or theme – the more creative the better!

Your window display should be completed by Monday 6th September for a chance to win one of the prizes.

Aberdeenshire businesses - please click here to find out more.

Aberdeen businesses - please click here to find out more.

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Design a flag or jersey

Design your own jersey using the template provided, make it as bright and fun as possible as the lucky winner could be in with the chance of winning a cycling jersey. Share your designs with us on social media using #ToBABDN. 

Or why not create your own flag to decorate your house on the lead up to the event on Sunday 12 September.

Download the jersey and design a flag template.

Competition rules for design a jersey:

  • Age limit: Designs are welcomed from primary school aged children in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.
  • Theme: We're looking for bright and colourful drawings of what you think would be a great team jersey.
  • Please use felt tip pens and writing in blue/black pen.
  • Please don't use crayons or write in pencil.
  • Prizes: A cycling jersey 

Closing Date: Monday 30 August

You can find more information in this Tour of Britain 2021 Schools Pack

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Cllr Jim Gifford, Leader of Aberdeenshire Council

“This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the stunning landscapes of our region to a global audience, attract spectators both locally and from afar to enjoy world-class cycling and to support our economy through hotel stays, or spending money in local shops and businesses.

“I also hope that the residents and business community of the North East get involved, either as spectators, through sponsorship or by getting involved in one of the many supporting events that we expect to take place during the event. This will be a truly celebratory event that will put the region firmly on the map as a destination for world class sporting events, tourism and business.”

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Cllr Jenny Laing, Leader of Aberdeen City Council

“Securing the Tour of Britain is a sign of our ambition and determination as a Council to bring the biggest, best and most vibrant events to Aberdeen and the north-east. I have no doubt it will be a huge attraction to local audiences as well as bringing in visitors from throughout Britain and across the world.

“Through our Aberdeen 365 events strategy we have established a world class programme and this represents another fantastic addition to a calendar that is not only of benefit to local residents culturally but also to our economy by driving footfall and visitor spend. We look forward to welcoming the Tour of Britain and showcasing Aberdeen.”

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Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain race director

“Following the success of the Tour Series’ visits there since 2017, we’re delighted that the final stage of next year's Tour of Britain will be heading to Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. 

“With its mix of stunning landscapes, historic architecture, passionate fans and gruelling terrain it promises to be a spectacular finale to the UK’s biggest bike race. 

“It’s going to be a historic stage: the modern edition of the Tour has never been so far north before, so I’d like to thank everybody who has made it possible. Roll on September!”

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Craig Burn, Chief Executive of Scottish Cycling

“At Scottish Cycling we are thrilled to be welcoming the Tour of Britain to Aberdeen for the 2020 and 2021 editions of the race. We know that major events are key in inspiring more people to ride bikes in Scotland, therefore securing and staging elite racing in the north of Scotland is fundamental to achieving our ambition of developing a nation of cyclists. They are also a great way of bringing cycling clubs, schools and communities together, and inspiring the next generation of young riders!

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Julie Harrington, CEO of British Cycling

"On behalf of British Cycling, I’d like to extend my congratulations to Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire on being selected as the host destination for the finish of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain.

“Over recent years the Tour has grown almost beyond recognition, benefiting from the huge surge in the popularity of cycling, and is now firmly recognised as a cornerstone of the British sporting calendar. Aberdeen has done a wonderful job in staging rounds of the Tour Series in the past few years, and will once again provide a fitting backdrop as the OVO Energy Tour of Britain concludes there next year.”

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Adrian Watson, CEO of Aberdeen Inspired

The Tour of Britain is a world class cycling event which will showcase our wonderful city centre and surrounding region on a fantastic platform.

Events of this scale, which will undoubtedly draw in huge crowds, are of vital importance to the city and this will be a great opportunity for people from across the country and beyond to visit this great city of Aberdeen and the wider splendour of the north-east.

Aberdeen has truly become that renaissance city, what with the combination of some truly inspiring capital investments such as P & J Live and the Aberdeen Art Gallery, along with our ever-growing cultural offering, the city has a lot to be proud of and will be a great host.