Tour of Britain 2023: route for Greater Manchester stage of cycle race including where race starts and finishes

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The epic race takes place over multiple stages, with Greater Manchester hosting the opening leg 

The Tour of Britain cycle race gets underway next month, with the opening stage set to take place in Greater Manchester. It is fitting that the region hosts the opening event as this year is the 19th anniversary of the Tour of Britain, and the first stage of the first race was also held in Greater Manchester. 

The 2023 Tour of Britain will get underway in Altrincham, near to the town’s busy market. The full length of the stage is 163.6 kilometres, around 101 miles. It will conclude in Deansgate, Manchester. 

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The Greater Manchester leg of the Tour of Britain will take place on Sunday September 3. Timings may vary, but organisers suggest it will roughly begin at around noon in Alrichma and wrap up at around 4pm in Manchester.

Tour of Britain Greater Manchester route 

The full route has been published, and after leaving Altrincham riders will head to Hazel Grove in Stockport, Grains Bar, Oldham, Ramsbottom and then through to Deansgate. Highlights of the route include the King of the Mountains climbs at the legendary Rake in Ramsbottom (a three-time host of the British Hill-Climb Championships).

Along the way, riders will also pass through Wigan and Rochdale. Towards the end of the route they will make their way through Mossley before heading into Manchester City Centre.

The Tour of Britain 2023 starts in Greater Manchester (Photo: Tour of Britain) The Tour of Britain 2023 starts in Greater Manchester (Photo: Tour of Britain)
The Tour of Britain 2023 starts in Greater Manchester (Photo: Tour of Britain) | Tour of Britain

The riders will pass through Salford and past the Science and Industry Museum and the Castlefield Viaduct on their way to the finish line. For the full schedule including timings, visit the Tour of Britain website.

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