Northamptonshire to host official sportive of the Women’s Tour

Dealers in Northamptonshire are advised that the area will host the official sportive of the Women’s Tour for the second year running, as the mass participation event returns to Delapre Abbey on Sunday June 18th, 2017.

The event will give amateur cyclists the chance to celebrate the Women’s Tour –which begins on Wednesday, June 7th – and experience riding on some of the same roads as the professionals one week after the conclusion of the race.

In 2016 over 400 riders took part in the Tour Ride Northamptonshire on the three routes; this year will follow the same format. Entries are now open via the British Cycling entry system. More information on this can be found here

As well as the 40 and 80-mile routes through the Northamptonshire countryside, families will also be encouraged to get on their bikes with an off-road ten-mile route starting and finishing at Delpre Abbey.

Northamptonshire County Council leader Cllr Heather Smith said: "I’m delighted that Northamptonshire will once again be hosting a mass participation cycle ride as part of the Women’s Tour. I took part in The Tour Ride myself last year and it was a fantastic event, attracting everyone from young families to serious cyclists.

"The reason we are committed to hosting the Women’s Tour in Northamptonshire is to encourage people to be more active by getting on their bike, and The Tour Ride is a fantastic way to do that. I would encourage people to sign up without delay!”

Commenting on the Tour Ride Northamptonshire race director Mick Bennett added: "Following the launch of the Women’s Tour and the news that the opening stage will return to Northamptonshire, we are pleased to be able to confirm that amateur riders will again be able to get on their bikes and celebrate the race through our partnership with the County Council. We hope to see lots of women and families out on their bikes with us in June.”

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