One of the biggest days in the Great British Sports Diary had a fantastic start on Sunday the 15th September 2013, with Britain's Ultimate Off-Road Cycling tour - The Tour of Britain.
Starting off at Stage 1 in Peebles, in the Scottish Borders, the race traveled high and low, down the country to Devon. Stage Six of the tour started at Sidmouth, then the cyclists traveled through Tiverton, Exeter, Chudleigh and finished at the top of Haytor, Dartmoor.
As a local girl from Dartmoor, Stage Six of the Tour of Britain was highly anticipated from all of the locals. In the lead up to the big day, roadworks finally occurred on some of Dartmoor and Bovey Tracey's most neglected roads and the anticipation of the day intensified with the local community getting involved as much as possible.
The main road up to Haytor Rock was blocked for a majority of the day, but many spectators managed to walk or cycle round the back lanes to Haytor and The Edgemoor Hotel, right on the edge of Haytor Road, where they served a delicious BBQ for the spectators of the Tour and got a fantastic view of the action in the middle of the dreaded Six Mile Hill.
The Tour brought hundreds of spectators, who piled along the roadside all the way up to Haytor where the finale of Stage Six occurred and where the cyclists had to endure Six Mile Hill. Not only does this event bring fantastic publicity to the sport of cycling, it also offers a rare opportunity for secluded and less known areas of Great Britain to be seen and a chance for them to shine.
The finale of Stage Six could not have been set in a more perfect location. The build up of Six Mile Hill and that treacherous steep incline gave such drama to the race and Team Great Britain had a surprise win with 21 year old Simon Yates.