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The Lakes gear up for Tour of Britain launch

Local cyclists gather with Tour of Britain mascot, ToBi. Photo: South Lakeland District Council

Local riders and the tour mascot gathered in Windermere today to promote the country's biggest cycling race.

The Tour of Britain will be coming to Cumbria on 5 September.

The 195km route will start in Carlisle before passing through Grasmere, Rydal, Ambleside, Windermere and Bowness on the way to the stage finish in Kendal.

It's hoped that the race will provide a boost to the local economy, while showcasing the progress of flood recovery across the county.

Cyclists take part in British Cycling's Sky Ride Local programme at Windermere Credit: South Lakeland District Council

Some of the top names in road race cycling will pass through some of the communities worst affected by last winter’s storms and flooding.

This includes taking in the newly-reopened section of the A591 at Dunmail Raise, the temporary bridge at Pooley Bridge and repaired roads in Carlisle and Kendal.

In 2013, the county received an estimated £4.1million economic benefit when the race ended in Kendal, with more than 15,000 people lining the streets around the finish line.

The Tour of Britain as it passed through Brampton in 2015. Credit: ITV Border

There has been no confirmation whether Sir Bradley Wiggins or Mark Cavendish will take part in the Tour, but organisers say they expect a strong line up.