Days to go until the Aviva Women’s Tour comes to North Warwickshire!

Women's Tour stage 2 starting in Atherstone, North Warwickshire. Pictured, Hannah Peyton from the Drops cycling team with the tour mascot in Atherstone Market Square.

Women’s Tour stage 2 starting in Atherstone, North Warwickshire.
Pictured, Hannah Peyton from the Drops cycling team with the tour mascot in Atherstone Market Square.

North Warwickshire will welcome the world’s top women cyclists, when the county hosts the Aviva Women’s Tour for the first time ever on Thursday (16 June)!

Warwickshire County Council and partners the University of Warwick are hosting stage 2 of the international women’s cycle race, sponsored in Warwickshire by Aldi.

Starters flag winner school group shot smThe winner of Warwickshire County Council’s schools competition to design the starters’ flag for the Warwickshire stage of the Aviva Women’s Tour has been announced.

Gemma Nash (pictured) from St Benedict’s RC Primary School in Atherstone came up with the winning starters’ flag design.

Gemma and her ‘Podium Pals’ (also pictured) will be escorting some of the cycling teams to the podium in Atherstone on Race Day before getting the chance to wave the starters’ flag.

With the clock ticking down until the teams set off from Atherstone, here is what will be happening in the borough on the day itself:

8:00 – Activities and Stalls open including Get Cycling Roadshow, Unicycle and Circus Skills Workshop, BMX display* and health checks.

9:30 – temporary close of activity on Long Street

9:45 – Pre race ride out – 24 local year 6 pupils

10:00 – Race Start

10:15 – Long Street activity re-opens

14:00 – England V Wales on big Screen

16:30 – Minions Movie on big Screen

Pro Freestyle BMX Rider Keelan Phillips will provide workshops and demonstrations on the day (times to be confirmed).

If you are along the route through North Warwickshire on the day you can watch the race first hand at these locations at these times:

Race Start: Atherstone – 9.45 to 10.00

Birchley Heath – 10.00 to 10.15

New Arley – 10.08 to 10.23

Meriden – 10.15 to 10.30

Solihull – 10.20 to 10.35

Berkswell Village – 10.31 to 10.46

World Road Race Champion Lizzie Armitstead of the Boels Dolmans team and multiple World and Olympic Champion Marianne Vos of the Rabo Liv team head the 96-rider provisional line up for the Aviva Women’s Tour, which begins on Wednesday (15 June) in Southwold.

The provisional rider list includes 14 current National Road Race Champions from around the world, including the champions of Australia, Italy and Belgium.

The duo join the likes of defending champion Lisa Brennauer of the CANYON//SRAM team, world number one Emma Johansson of Wiggle HIGH5 and top sprinter Kirsten Wild, with 15 of the world’s top 20 riders in the UCI rankings down to start.

You can follow #AvivaWT2016 and @ChooseMoveWarks on Twitter for the latest Tour news and events in Warwickshire, or ‘like’ the Choose How You Move Warwickshire Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ChooseMoveWarks.

You can also find lots of information on the Aviva Women’s Tour in Warwickshire at http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/womens-tour.