North Cotswolds to welcome top women cyclists in June
Release date: 9 February 2016
The world's top women cyclists will pass through the North Cotswolds for the first time ever on Thursday 16 June 2016.
Just under 100 of the world's top racers, including Olympic gold medal winner Lizzie Armitstead, will compete in the second (Warwickshire) stage of the world leading Aviva Women’s Tour. They will tackle a 140-kilometre route, mostly passing through the Warwickshire countryside and towns such as Atherstone, Kenilworth, Warwick, Shipston-on-Stour and Stratford-upon-Avon. However, the racers will also cross into North Gloucestershire and they will pass near Chipping Campden and Moreton-in-Marsh.
Cllr Chris Hancock, Cabinet Member for Enterprise and Partnerships at Cotswold District Council, said:
"This is a real bonus for the North Cotswolds and we are very grateful to Warwickshire County Council who made this all possible. The Aviva Women's Tour is a truly prestigious event and I am sure that many residents and visitors will be excited at the prospect of seeing the competitors up close. The race should also provide a boost for local traders, especially those involved in the tourism and hospitality sector.”
Commenting on the route announcement, reigning World Road Race Champion Lizzie Armitstead of the Boels Dolmans team said;
"It's fantastic news that the Aviva Women's Tour will continue in 2016. As a British rider it's a privilege to be able to compete on home roads; the British public have really taken to cycling and you can see that when the race goes through different towns the community really gets behind it. I'm excited to see the growth in women's cycling and I think the Women's Tour has had a really positive impact on that change.”
Taking place over five days, the 2016 edition of race will be a part of the new UCI Women's World Tour calendar, currently one of just four multi-day stage races on the season-long programme of races for the world's top riders and teams. Highlights of each stage will be shown on ITV4 every evening during the race.
The Warwickshire stage comes on day two of the race, which will begin on Wednesday 15 June with competitors riding from Southwold on the Suffolk coast to Norwich. Subsequent stages after day two in Warwickshire/North Cotswolds will take the race to Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire, before the final day of racing in Northamptonshire, between Northampton and Kettering, on Sunday 19 June.
For more details see http://www.womenstour.co.uk/stages/index.php#.VrHblrfcuM9