Tour of Britain may not return to Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 09:03 28 September 2014 | UPDATED: 13:54 29 September 2014

The Tour of Britain riders as they rounded the corner at the Rolle Arms, East Budleigh photographed by local resident Peter Bowler. Ref exb e bud tour

The Tour of Britain riders as they rounded the corner at the Rolle Arms, East Budleigh photographed by local resident Peter Bowler. Ref exb e bud tour

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The men’s Tour of Britain race may not return to Exmouth.

But a section of the women’s race being held in the town in the near future is a distinct possibility.

Organisers of the race say next year’s route misses out Devon and ‘goes east’.

In the eight years the county has featured the race, the longest run of anywhere outside London, it has brought in more than £27million for the local economy, promoting the region to a worldwide television audience.

But the race will not return to Devon next year - and councillors say it might ‘not return to Exmouth’ again.

At a town council meeting, Councillor Steve Gazzard said: “It was a fantastic event and I was glad to be associated with it.

“The only regretful thing is that there is a rumour on social media that it will not be coming to Exmouth or Devon again, which is unfortunate.

“But let’s look to the future and there is a ladies’ cycle race – let’s see if we can get them to come to Exmouth.”

Councillor Pauline Stott said: “I can’t speak too highly of it myself; it was the first time I had seen it.

“It has been to Devon eight times now, and Exmouth twice, so I suppose it’s time to give another area a shot.”

Alastair Grant, of Sweetspot Group which organises the tour, confirmed that a new deal had been signed up to 2018, taking the route across the country.

“We are planning to move the race around more now so there won’t be an opportunity for a Devon stage,” he added.

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