Aviva Women’s Tour is up for major Coventry and Warwickshire tourism award

Leaders group head up Burton Dassett hills smThe organisers behind June’s Aviva Women’s Tour of Warwickshire are hoping they’ll be the first across the line, when the winners of this year’s Coventry and Warwickshire Tourism and Culture Awards are announced on 22nd September!

The major cycling event, which saw the world’s top women cyclists race the length of the county, from Atherstone to Stratford-upon-Avon, on 16th June this year is a finalist in the ‘Best Tourism Event / Experience’ category in the Awards that are being hosted by Touch FM.

Winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

Warwickshire County Council partnered with the University of Warwick to host stage 2 of the international women’s cycle race, which was sponsored in Warwickshire by Aldi.

The Aviva Women’s Tour is fast becoming one of the most eagerly awaited cycling events on the annual sporting calendar and the race saw cycling fever grip Warwickshire!

Crowds turned out in their thousands across the county to watch the world class racers, particularly on key sections of the route such as the start line in Atherstone, sprint along Warwick Road in Kenilworth, a gruelling Queen of the Mountains climb through Burton Dassett Country Park and spectacular finish in the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon.

Special race day events were organised in key locations such as Atherstone, Kenilworth, Warwick and Stratford, such as big screen viewings, market place events, cycle demonstrations and even toddler Stryder bike races!

Speaking after the Tour, Councillor Izzi Seccombe, Leader of Warwickshire County Council, said: “It was fantastic to see so much support for the event across Warwickshire. I truly hope people enjoyed the AVIVA Women’s Tour’s brief but exciting visit to Warwickshire, and I’d like to thank everybody involved in organising what has been a brilliant day. We hope it will leave a legacy of enthusiasm for sports like cycling in the county.”