A time trial at Bolton, put in specially by the route-planner, Mick Bennett, gives Chris Boardman an outside chance to make his fellow Merseysiders proud by arriving in Liverpool later the same day in the yellow jersey of race leader. 'I would hope that Boardman could be the leader when we reach Liverpool,' Bennett said.
Only time will tell if Bennett's dream comes true. However, the nightmares are real. The course is easy on the eye but hard on the legs. The race, for professionals, lasts 780 kilometres (485 miles).
After the opening loop from Glasgow through the Campsie Fells, the riders face the rugged terrain of the Lake District. Day three is a time trial and one hour circuit race in Liverpool. There is a new introduction to major racing on the fourth day - the 4 in 1 Mow Cop between Chester and Leicester, known by runners as 'murder mile'. On the final day, the riders cross the Pennines on the way from Nottingham to Manchester.Reuse content