By Harriette Halepis
The Tour of Britain is England’s biggest professional bike race. Every year race fans gear up for a day filled with adventure and excitement. While each year is more exciting than the next, 2009 is bound to go down in history as being one of the most memorable Tour of Britain years yet.
What makes this year so different? Race promoters, in conjunction with Cambridge Design Partnership, have decided to make the event entirely traceable with the help of GPS tracking systems. Fans will be able to watch every twist and turn for free thanks to this modern technology.
Cambridge’s GPS platform called Gmax Go is designed to follow participants throughout the eight stages of the race. Gmax project leader, Will Bradley, believes that “…modern GPS tracking technology is revolutionizing the appeal of long distance sports such as The Tour of Britain to many spectators. It allows enthusiasts, teams and organizers to stay engaged with the live progress of the race from anywhere with an internet connection.”
While Britain certainly has its share of Tour of Britain fans, there are also fans in other parts of the world that usually miss out on the event’s happenings. This year proves to be different as fans from every corner of the earth will sit watching their computer screens tracking each moment of this time-honored journey.
The Tour of Britain begins on September 12, 2009. The starting point of the tour is York, and the tour is set to end in Somerset.Google+