Whinlatter, in Cumbria, was definitely the place to be for this year's Tour of Britain with the county playing host to two full stages of British Cycling's premier road cycling race on 6th & 7th September 2018.
The Tour of Britain 2018 delivered a memorable experience and highlighted Whinlatter Forest and surrounding area as a stunning and challenging destination for cycling.
In stage five on Thurdsay we saw the first-ever Team Time Trial, uphill for 14km, where pro riders raced against the clock from Cockermouth to Whinlatter Visitor Centre at the top of the pass. LottoNL-Jumbo was the strongest squad in the 5th stage of the Tour of Britain. They beat Quick-Step Floors with 17 seconds in the trying team time trial.
Then the magic of stage six unfolded on the Friday with the peloton cycling an exciting Lakeland route from coastal roads of Barrow, passing over Whinlatter Pass, to then return back for a culminating summit finish on Whinlatter –known as the Queen stage. At 168.3 kilometers, the Tour of Britain's 6th stage was an energy-sapping hilly race. Wout Poels climbs to victory on the Whinlatter Pass, the 3 kilometers final climb at 7%. Julian Alaphilippe finishes in second.
In addition to all this heady TOB action, Cyclewise Whinlatter team had their own magic moment when Team Sky headed to our shop for their cool down & interviews after the Team Time Trial. Wow! Not often you can mention that several pro riders just popped by for a glass of water!