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.
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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:
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.
There will need to be certain road restrictions in place to ensure the safety of the public and everyone involved in the event. To view the route plan and waiting restrictions, please read through the PDFs below.
Aboyne | Auchenblae | Ballater | Cairn O' Mount closure and diversion | Carden Place & Skene Street | Caroline Place & Hutcheon Street | Dunecht | Fettercairn | Links Road | Stonehaven | Tarland | Westhill
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!
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.
Don’t fancy taking part in the Window Dressing Competition, but want to get involved? You can still show your support for this great occasion by downloading and using our Business Toolkit, which includes social media assets, web banners, email signatures, and more!
Aberdeenshire Council sent their Chief Executive Jim Savege off to cycle the infamous Cairn o'Mount climb, one of the key parts of the final stage.
Stonehaven start for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire stage
The Aberdeenshire coastal town of Stonehaven will play host to the start of the final stage of the Tour of Britain 2021 this September, as the UK’s biggest and most prestigious cycle race finishes in the north east of Scotland for the first time.
Take part in the ToBABDN Activity challenge, completing each stage in your local park, or near where you live. Could you be the Tour of Britain ABDN champion? Share your results time with us by tagging #ToBABDN in your posts!
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Please note this is not a true representation of the Tour of Britain, Stage 8 map.
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.
Competition rules for design a jersey:
Closing Date: Monday 30 August
You can find more information in this Tour of Britain 2021 Schools Pack.
Further details of what promises to be a stunning edition of the Tour of Britain in September can be found here.
To find more information about the route, visit the Tour of Britain website.
For more information about the Tour of Britain visiting Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire in September 2021 please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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.”
Tour of Britain is coming to Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire in September 2021. With its global reach, you will be given the chance to put your company ﬁrmly in the spotlight, with one of the specially tailored sponsorship packages. Please email cityevents@aberdeencity for more information.
“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.”
“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!”
“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!
"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.”
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.