Public urged to plan where they watch the Women’s Tour in Warwick District

With 50 days to go before the Women’s Tour 2017 reaches the Warwickshire stage on Friday June 9th, organisers are urging spectators to have a look at the route and plan where they watch from.

Racegoers in Warwick District have several key points of the stage passing through the area.

Riders will pass through the world-class campus of the University of Warwick, who are partners in the Warwickshire stage of the Tour, just before 11am before heading towards Kenilworth where the first of the stage’s two sprints is scheduled to take place at around 11.12.

Riders will then make their way via Leek Wootton to the town of Warwick for around 11.20 before taking the Harbury Lane and Fosse Way into the heart of the Warwickshire countryside, with two gruelling Queen of the Mountain climbs taking place at Edge Hill and Burton Dassett before heading back to Warwick District via the Southam Road.

This year, Royal Leamington Spa will be the venue of the stage’s finale where riders will ride up the town’s historic Parade to the finishing line. The first riders are expected there at around 2.13pm.

Monica Fogarty, Joint Managing Director of Warwickshire County Council, said:

“When the Women’s Tour came through Warwickshire last year, it did so much to put the County on the map. Almost half of the spectators came from outside the County and generated a great deal of business for local shops, hotels and restaurants.

“But the Tour is also for the people of Warwickshire and we want our residents to have the opportunity to be part of a world-class event that has a global television audience. This notice of the route is a chance for people to have a look at the timetable and plan where they can best experience an amazing atmosphere.”

Race Director, Mick Bennett, said:

“The first ever Warwickshire stage last year was a huge success and we are determined that this year’s event will be even better. We are encouraging all fans to look at the maps and timings to plan their viewing to make the most of this fantastic, free-to-attend event. It will definitely be possible to see the stage two or three times, whether fans want to meet the riders at the Start in Atherstone, experience the race on the key SKODA Queen of the Mountains climbs, or enjoy the thrilling finish in Royal Leamington Spa.”

The University of Warwick is a partner for the Warwickshire stage of the tour and riders will pass through its world-class campus.

Professor Christine Ennew OBE, Registrar at the University of Warwick, said:

“Raising the profile of women’s sport is key to the University of Warwick’s commitment to promoting leading women as role models for our community, region and beyond and we are delighted to welcome the Women’s Tour back to our campus. From our foundation, the University of Warwick has been a positive driver of education, innovation, and cultural development throughout our region, and has shown the strongest commitment to providing equal opportunities for all. We look forward with anticipation to exciting, inspirational race.”

Full details of the route and estimated times of arrivals for all riders can be found at http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/womens-tour/the-route . Updates are available on twitter by using the hashtags #WT2017 and #ThisGirlCan.