Tour of Britain 2012 – Dartmoor stars!


The penultimate stage of the 2012 Tour of Britain took place on Saturday 15th September and for nearly half of the stage the riders were tackling the twists, turns, climbs and descents of Dartmoor.

The crowds await the Tour of Britain at Dartmeet

The crowds await the Tour of Britain at Dartmeet

With the disappointment of the news that Bradley Wiggins had dropped out of the Tour, you would be forgiven for thinking that the crowds wouldn’t come out in any large numbers. However, as can be seen above they turned up in their tens of thousands and were able to cheer on local rider and eventual winner, Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (‘JT’) in the leaders jersey.

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke in the leaders gold over Dartmoor

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke in the leaders gold over Dartmoor

The Tour of Britain allows people to get close to the action and so as well as cheer on Tiernan-Locke the crowd were also able to cheer on other riders such as Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish climbs out of Dartmeet

Mark Cavendish climbs out of Dartmeet

The day had started very early with plenty of people getting their spots up to six hours before the riders came through.

The crowds arrive early

The crowds arrive early

The day wasn’t just about the Tour of Britain though as there were events in Okehampton and Tavistock and a host of free activities in Princetown. This included the Active Dartmoor King of the Mountains climb in the morning, a climbing wall, crazy bikes and tree tight rope walking. The High Moorland Visitor Centre was also screening the National Park Authority’s road cycling video featuring…Jonathan Tiernan-Locke. Watch the video to see ‘JT’ explain why Dartmoor is such a special place to ride your bike.

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