5th Dec, 2016

Aviva Women's Tour second stage to end in Stratford

Stratford Editorial 27th May, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE WORLD’S best women cyclists are gearing up for a race to the finish line in Stratford.

The second stage of the Aviva Women’s Tour on Thursday June 16 will finish on Bridge Street just after 1.30pm after racing through Kenilworth, Warwick and parts of the Cotswolds. The riders will set off on the 140km stage from Atherstone.

A climb to the highest points in Warwickshire, through Burton Dassett Hills Country Park and Edge Hill will be followed by another sprint through Tysoe and a ‘Queen of the Mountain’ climb in Ilmington will test the pro-riders before the finish line.

The stage is being hosted by Warwickshire County Council and the University of Warwick.

University of Warwick Vice Chancellor, Professor Stuart Croft said: “Not only will the race visit some of Warwickshire’s famous landmarks, it promises to be an inspiring event and we are proud to help showcase women’s sport.

“I hope the Aviva Women’s Tour will encourage students, staff and residents of Warwickshire and Coventry to take part in sporting and other activities to improve their health and wellbeing.”

Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/womens-tour to see the full route.

* Pedal-power is is taking over Warwickshire.

With the Aviva Women’s Tour set to arrive in the county, staff at Warwickshire County Council went head-to-head in a bike race. The challenge saw 20 teams of staff try to cycle furthest on static bikes in Warwick’s Market Square.

Council leader Coun Izzi Seccombe said: “Warwickshire is giving its full support to the Aviva Women’s Tour and we are truly excited to welcome this significant event to our beautiful county.

“We intend to embrace the opportunities the Tour will bring, by showcasing the county as the best place to invest, live, work and visit as well as helping to encourage more women and girls into cycling and sport in general.”

People can follow the latest Aviva Women’s Tour in Warwickshire news by following @ChooseMoveWarks on Twitter and liking the ChooseMoveWarks Facebook page.