by Marcus Leach
Whilst the arrival of the Tour de France on our shores is the main cycling event of the year in the UK, it is by no means the only major event taking place.
There are just over 100 days to go until the Tour of Britain gets underway, and given the excitement and interest surrounding the Grand Depart of the Tour in Yorkshire, organisers are expecting the event to draw big crowds.
It gets underway in Liverpool on Sunday 7th September, finishing eight days later in central London with individual time trial and circuit race stages on Sunday 14th September.
Seven new venues will feature in the Tour, in addition to returns to the likes of Liverpool, Worcester and Exeter.
"With our toughest summit finish yet, an individual time trial in London and several longer stages, this year's Tour of Britain has a varied and testing route that will present opportunities to a variety of riders," said Race Director Mick Bennett.
"The route will again showcase some fantastic scenery, and combine major British cities with charming and picturesque towns and villages, as well as testing climbs, all of which will make for a memorable Tour."