//British tourism set for cycling boost

British tourism set for cycling boost

Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas to both take place in Tour of Britain, Karl Cushing writes

British tourism providers are set for a September bookings boost with two of the UK’s Tour de France winners due to take part in this year’s Tour of Britain (tourofbritain.co.uk).

Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome and this year’s winner, his Sky teammate Geraint Thomas, will both take part in the race, which runs September 2-9.

Operators along the route are expecting a surge of interest, including The Coppermines Lakes Cottages Company, an accommodation provider in Cumbria that features more than 80 self-catering cottages. 

“To have two of the country’s greatest sportsmen here will be a real thrill and will also help to shine a spotlight on Coniston and the surrounding area as a great place to visit,” said company spokesperson Rebecca Forsman.

“It’s also a great chance for tourism businesses like ours to showcase ourselves as a bike-friendly county.”