THE 2021 Women’s Tour is pedalling back into Warwickshire later this year after Covid put a stop to its return last month.
The county is once again hosting the third leg of the race which will play host to some of the world’s top women’s cycle teams.
The event will run from October 4 to 9, reaching Atherstone on the third day where it will host the first individual time trial in race history. The out-and-back route has been carefully designed to measure 16km, a nod to Britain’s rich history of time trialling over that distance. The anti-clockwise loop passes through Bentley, Birchley Heath, Mancetter before finishing in the heart of Atherstone.
Warwickshire County Council leader Izzi Seccombe welcomed the news.
She said: “I am thrilled that Warwickshire will once again be hosting a stage of the Women’s Tour. As well as being fantastic entertainment for spectators, this event is of huge economic benefit to the area. It’s an opportunity for local businesses in Atherstone to celebrate and embrace cycling as the race comes past their front door, as well as for others to maximise on business opportunities from increased customers and visitors to the county.
“Warwickshire has a rich history in hosting high-level cycling events having previously played host to legs of both the men’s and women’s Tour of Britain over the last few years and has also been selected as the location for the Commonwealth Games Road Race in 2022 demonstrating that the county is a world-class location for cycling and cyclists.”
Full details of the 2021 Women’s Tour – including stage routes, timetables and competing riders – will be announced shortly.
Visit www.womenstour.co.uk for more details.