THE WORLD’S best women cyclists are gearing up to race through Warwickshire.
The county will host the second stage of the Aviva Women’s Tour on Thursday June 16 which will see the riders pedal 140km ride from Atherstone to Stratford.
The elite cyclists are set to reach Kenilworth minutes before 11am, where they will ride past the castle, before taking on a cycle sprint through the centre of town along Warwick Road.
From there, the tour peloton will travel through Leek Wootton and to Warwick where riders will cycle through Woodloes before passing the town’s Market Square where there will be a special market and entertainment for spectators.
A climb to the highest points in Warwickshire, through Burton Dassett Hills Country Park and Edge Hill followed by another sprint through Tysoe will test the pro-riders before the finish line in Stratford.
The second stage of the race 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.