Days to go until the Aviva Women’s Tour comes to Warwick district!

Kenilworth launch 1 sm webWarwick district 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.

The winner of Warwickshire County Council’s schools competition to design the winner’s trophy for the Warwickshire stage of the Tour is Matthew Jordan, a Year 6 pupil from St Margaret’s School in Whitnash.

Matthew’s winning design is currently being made into the first place trophy and will be revealed in Stratford-upon-Avon on Race Day!

Matthew’s school has won free Bikeability for his whole class and a school visit from UK and European pro-BMX stunt rider Keelan Phillips.

With the clock clicking down until the big event, here are details of what to expect in Warwick district.

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

University of Warwick campus – 10.37 to 10.52

Gibbett Hill Road – 10.42 to 10.57

Coventry Road – 10.48 to 11.03

Kenilworth – 10.57 to 11.12

Leek Wootton – 11.01 to 11.16

Warwick – 11.05 to 11.20

The University of Warwick campus will provide opportunities for students to get involved and watch the race as it passes through the campus as part of the 140km route through Warwickshire on Thursday.

From 10am there will be food stalls, cycling demos, activities and demonstrations at the heart of the campus. There will also be plenty of spectator areas for students to cheer on the cyclists as they race through.

The University will also host a schools engagement event where local schools will be invited to take part in a morning of activities themed around ‘our amazing bodies are and how we get them active’.

After the race leaves campus, the big screen will be showing Euro 2016 matches starting with the England vs Wales match from 2pm.

Due to the expected disruption to car parks and local traffic services, visitors and spectators who want to watch the race from campus are encouraged to arrive on foot only.

From 9am Kenilworth’s weekly market will be at Abbey End as Kenilworth gets ready to welcome the arrival of the Women’s Tour.

Stallholders will be selling their usual range of food, clothing and accessories alongside a range of sport-themed stalls including Akuma Sports, Fitness Worx and Vaughan’s Cycles.

The Shakespeare’s Hospice will also be selling pre-loved bicycles at Abbey End on event day.

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Meanwhile in Warwick, the town’s Market Square will host a special market, with bikes and cycling gear on offer as well as street food. There will also be a juicing bike, bike safety demos, and the chance to go on a traditional Penny Farthing! And in true Warwick fashion, there will be Morris dancers for your entertainment.

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.