Isle of Wight Council

Tour of Britain

Event

The Isle of Wight will be hosting the final leg of the Tour of Britain cycle race on 11 September 2022.  

These webpages will provide residents, businesses, and other stakeholders with information to help you understand:

  • how the event will work
  • what impact it will have as it travels across the Island
  • how you can help make the event a success
  • how you can get involved

The race involves over 100 of the world’s best riders, including Olympic and World Champions and Tour de France winners. It covers over 1,373 kilometres over the eight stages from Aberdeen to the Isle of Wight.  Find out more about the race stages.

The final stage (stage eight) on the Island will cover 150 kilometres from the start in Ryde to the finish at the Needles Battery. View the route across the Island. More information about the route, including street-by-street view and approximate timings.

We are working closely with the organisers Sweetspot, Visit Isle of Wight, residents, businesses, and other key stakeholders. This will help us ensure the event is a great success for all concerned. 

It promises to bring many benefits to the local economy with the increase in visitors coming to the Island to watch the race. It is also an opportunity to showcase the Island as a future destination of choice to people right across the world through televised coverage. 

It also provides an opportunity to inspire cyclists, young and old, already on the Island> This will be done through the event itself and the supporting activities with schools and other Island partners that will happen in the run up to the event.

As the plans for the race develop, we will be sharing more information to help you watch and enjoy the race. We will also provide information about how you can help ensure the race can go ahead smoothly as it comes through your local area. 

We will be sharing more detailed timing for every step of the race, so that those of you who need to move around the Island can plan your journeys. Although we hope that many of you will simply enjoy the opportunity to watch the race on your doorstep.

Watching the race

If you live on the route of the race, then that will be an ideal place from which to enjoy the race. Alternatively, there are a host of towns and villages along the route which will provide a great spot to watch the event from and soak up the atmosphere. Many hospitality businesses will also be making the most of holding their own special events from which you can view the race and enjoy a bite to eat or a drink. You can also watch the start of the race in Ryde or cheer on the riders at the finish at the Needles but please be aware that parking is extremely limited in these locations, so if you are intending to watch the race at these locations, please use public transport or cycle/walk if you are within a suitable distance or make use of any Park and Ride facilities being made available.  At the Needles, the approach road; Alum Bay New Road (B3322) will be closed from Old Road (except for resident access) for the safety of spectators and cyclists and cars will not be able to enter the area. The parking at Alum Bay will be being used by the organisers to create their event village. The event is also being televised on ITV4, the official broadcaster for the Tour of Britain, and will show full live coverage of the 2022 race for those who wish to watch it from the comfort of their own homes. We are also exploring options to include large screens showing the televised coverage in a couple of key locations.

Travelling around the Island on race day

Depending on where you are travelling to and from on the day of the event, it is likely that you will experience some delays if it coincides with the race travelling through that area. 

These will mostly be short delays of 15-25 minutes, although in some locations longer delays may be possible. See our detailed list of approximate timings to plan your journey.

If you don’t need to travel, then our advice is to watch and support the race and local businesses in your local area.

Crowd management

The race organisers have a well-rehearsed formula for running these events up and down the country.  They have a detailed traffic management plan and utilise event vehicles and police outriders to ensure crowds gathering in any areas are kept safe and able to enjoy the race as it passes through.

Further race information

For more information on the race, you can visit the official Tour of Britain website.

If you are visiting the Island, you can also find information for visitors at Visit Isle of Wight.

You can also follow our updates on Facebook. Search Tour of Britain IOW Residents Info.