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Dumfries and Galloway to host Tour of Britain

The Tour of Britain in 2013 Credit: ITV Border

Dumfries and Galloway council says it has secured a "high profile" stage of next years Tour of Britain cycle race.

No details of exact locations and dates have yet been released.

The race, Britain's best attended outdoor sporting event, last came to Dumfries and Galloway in 2013 and was hailed a great success, despite bad weather affecting spectator numbers.

"Members of the Policy and Resources Committee are being asked to approve funding allocations for the Major Events Strategy at committee next week. One of the recommendations is funding to host the Tour of Britain.

The detailed work with the Tour is required to remain confidential at this stage however we can confirm that the region will host a high profile stage of the Tour 2016. If funding is agreed, discussions will continue with the Tour to identify the best regional locations for the route".

– Spokesperson, Dumfries and Galloway Council

Tour of Britain brings over £4million to Cumbria

The Cumbrian stage of the Tour of Britain brought £4.1million to the region.

An estimated 70,000 people lined the route to watch the world-class cyclists race, with 61 per cent coming from outside the region.

The first county-only stage of the tour began in September, running from Carlisle to Kendal. It included the gruelling king of the mountains stage at Honister.

The figure is almost double the £2.37million raised by the tour in 2012.

The findings were pulled together by economic experts Frontline for event organisers Sweetspot.

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Tour of Britain wins 'Best Sporting Event' Award

Paul Bush, Chief Operating Officer at EventScotland, presents Angel-Clare Grant and Alastair Grant the award with host Lorraine Kelly Credit: The Tour of Britain

The Jedburgh to Dumfries leg of the 2012 Tour of Britain has won an award for the 'Best Sporting Event' at the Scottish Thistle Awards.

The awards ceremony, organised by VisitScotland, recognises the exceptional efforts made by companies and individuals across the industry, including accommodation providers, visitor attractions, tour operators, food and drink establishments and event organisers.

It was hosted by Lorraine Kelly on 15 November at Stirling Castle.

Alastair Grant, Commercial Director of SweetSpot Group, who organised and promoted the Tour of Britain, said:

"The Tour of Britain has been visiting Scotland and Dumfries & Galloway for a number of years with the event continuing to grow in stature and popularity, so are very proud to accept this award in recognition of our efforts."

Full report: Tour brings economic boost to region

The Tour of Britain cycle race has given our region a big economic boost.

The wet and windy weather took its toll in places, but official figures are expected to show that the stages between Peebles and Drumlanrig and from Carlisle to Kendal brought in millions of pounds.

Those in the tourism industry say the impact will be felt for years to come, and there are already talks about the race returning next year.

Samantha Parker reports:

Cyclists struggle up Honister Pass

Competitors taking part in the Tour of Britain were given their biggest challenge yet when they were faced with tackling a very wet and windy Honister Pass in the Lake District.

The cyclists had to dig deep as they battled their way up the steep incline, which reached a 25% gradient in some places.

For the latest results from the Tour, follow ITV Cycling here.

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Riders battle the elements up Chestnut Hill

The Sky team with Bradley Wiggins chasing the leaders out of Keswick Credit: ITV News Border

Nairo Quintana is leading the Tour of Britain up a very wet Chestnut Hill in Keswick.

Nairo Quintana leads the Tour up Chestnut Hill Credit: ITV News Border

As well as the steep hill, cyclists are also battling against torrential downpours and strong winds in the Lake District.

The riders of the peloton look thoroughly miserable in the lashing rain and gusty winds of the Lake District
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