The Tour Events

Ordnance Survey is the Official Mapping Partner of The Tour events, including The Tour of Britain, The Women's Tour, Tour Ride, and Tour Series.

Whether you want to find the best spot to watch the professionals, ride the route or even take part, Ordnance Survey has information, maps and apps to help. For details on each event, maps of each stage and to download GPX route files for your GPS, choose the event below.

Tour of Britain

The Tour of Britain Logo

Britain's top mens' international on-road cycle race

7-14 September 2014

Various locations in England & Wales

Full details

The most important mens' cycling event in Britain, The Tour of Britain is 8 stages, which in 2014 are across England and Wales. Featuring the top international professionals and teams, it covers everything from tough mountain stages to compact urban courses. Our Olympic medal-winners will be taking part, including defending champion Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish.

The Tour is not for the undetermined. The 8 stages cover from 97km to 220km in a single days riding, with a finish through central London on Sunday 14 September with thousands of fans expected to turn out to cheer on their heroes. The exact routes are still being finalised, but in the meantime you can see the complete event coverage here.

The Tour of Britain Racers


Tour Ride 100

The Tour Ride 100 logo

Sportive open to public and charity riders

5 October 2014

Peak District

Full details

Challenge yourself to compete in the tour ride 100 - an open event with courses covering 50 or 100 miles that's attracting the best amateur cyclists in the UK. You can ride to benefit one of the key charities - Action Medical Research or Sue Ryder - or just join in to challenge yourself.

The exact course is still to be determined, so keep a watch on this page or the Ordnance Survey blog for the latest updates, but given that it's going to be in the peak district there are undoubtedly going to be some challenging climbs and tricky descents to conquer. The event is fully signed and marshalled, but both open and charity places are limited, so make sure you get your booking in early.

The route is still to be finalised, but you can find the full details here.

The Tour Ride 100


Tour Series

The Tour Series logo

Short sprint races for Britain's top riders

May-June 2014

10 events across the UK

Full Details

The Pearl Izumi tour series features the best British cyclists battling it out in exciting short races in city centre locations. Riders will complete short circuits, giving spectators the chance to cheer for their favourites as they complete each lap. The event is team based, with the points for each event added to give the overall series winner.

These are really spectator-friendly events, running in the evenings in cities across the UK. They are free to watch live so check out the full details here and find your nearest location.

Tour Series Overview Map


Women's Tour

Women's Tour of Great Britain Logo

Britain's top women's international on-road cycle race

7-11 May 2014

Various locations in eastern England

Full details

The Friends Life Women's tour runs from 7 to 11 May 2014 and will showcase the world's top female professional cyclists racing on British roads against our own Olympic heroines and domestic stars across five stages. It's going to be a tough race over some really varied terrain, and with some great events planned at the start and end of each stage.

The stages are from 87.8 km (54.6 miles) to 112.6km (70 miles) long, testing the riders strength and endurance. Teams from around the world will be competing to improve their world rankings

Want more? See our full guide to the Women's Tour for stage information, route maps, GPX files and more.

The Women's Tour of Britain overview map


OS Ride the Tour app

OS Ride the Tour App screenshot - iphoneThis free app uses Ordnance Survey’s detailed mapping to allow cyclists to navigate and record their progress as they ride the pre-loaded routes for Friends Life Tour of Britain and Women's Tour 2014. See progress, speed, distance, time and elevation profile across all the routes.   Read more...

Download from iTunes

Cycling GPS

Garmin Edge TouringThe Garmin Edge Touring uses a high sensitivity GPS to record your distance and route giving you all the stats you need to review, replay and relive your rides.

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OS Locate app

OS Locate screenshotThis free app uses your GPS and works with your Ordnance Survey map to let you quickly and easily confirm your position and headings, with the option to share your location by email or social media. Comes complete with a virtual rotating bezel compass and a guide to map reading.   Read more...

Download from iTunes

OS Mapfinder app

OS MapFinder appOrdnance Survey mapping on your smartphone or tablet. This app will work even when you have no signal, allowing you to purchase just the map tiles you need and download them on to your device.

Free to download, it includes overview mapping for the whole of Brtain, place name search and the option of 1:50 000 or 1:25 000 detailed map tiles.   Read more...

Download from iTunes OS Mapfinder on Google Play

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