Having last visited in 2013, also for a stage start, the Aviva Tour of Britain has enjoyed a number of stages in and around Stoke-on-Trent in the past decade, with past stage winners in the city including both Edvald Boasson Hagen and Lars Boom on their way to overall success in the race.
Stoke-on-Trent is a unique City affectionately known as The Potteries. With its rich industrial heritage and history, Stoke-on-Trent has respectfully claimed the title of World Capital of Ceramics.
The City boasts many visitor centres, award winning museums, such as the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, authentic factory tours, over 25 pottery factory shops and the exclusive Staffordshire Hoard. Come and visit the Trentham Estate with Italian Gardens, Shopping Village, Monkey Forest, and mile long lake.
Stoke-on-Trent is also the closest city to the Alton Towers Theme Park and on the doorstep to the Staffordshire Moorlands and Peak District National Park. A day will not be enough! The City is located less than an hour from Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool and only one and a half hours direct from London Euston by train.
And with more than 1,380 hectares of parks and open spaces, Stoke-on-Trent is one of the greenest cities in the UK with some spectacular countryside, including the Peak District, right on its doorstep!
The city currently has more than 160km of cycle routes including many quiet off-road routes including greenways, canal towpaths and river routes where you can explore the many tourist attractions Stoke-on-Trent has to offer.
For more information about Stoke-on-Trent, click on Visit Stoke.
To find out more about cycling in and around Stoke-on-Trent including a downloadable map and guide click here.