SOME of the world’s best cyclists will pass through the Cotswolds later this year.

Gloucestershire’s first-ever full stage of the Tour of Britain, will see over a hundred riders travel tackle a 169-kilometre course on Friday, September 9.

Tewkesbury will host the stage start, before competitors head south - passing through the Cotswolds and then on to Cirencester, Minchinhampton and Tetbury.

The route then goes into South Gloucestershire before heading backing north through the Stroud district.

A thrilling finale into Gloucester is guaranteed, as the closing 30 kilometres feature the climbs of Crawley Hill (4.6km long, maximum gradient of 21.5%) and Painswick (3km long, average gradient of 5%, maximum of 15.8%).

The latter, located 12 kilometres to the south east of the finish line, will likely see some of the day’s most exciting racing.

The Women’s Tour will also visit the county for a Tewkesbury to Gloucester stage on Wednesday, June 8 although this will be on a different route.

Mick Bennett, Tour of Britain race director, said: “The Gloucestershire stage of the Tour of Britain really has it all: an historic start location, stunning scenery, challenging climbs and a brilliant finish venue.

“We’re thrilled that the 2022 race is able to feature our first-ever full stage of the Tour in the county and we thank Gloucestershire County Council for their support.

“Of course, before that, we cannot wait to also bring the Women’s Tour, the UK’s most prestigious women’s race, to Gloucestershire in June.”