Motorists are being advised of road closures next month for the Women’s Tour cycling event.
The event starts in Oundle on Wednesday, May 7, and ends its first stage in Northampton town centre. It also passes through the county the following day as the riders make their way to Bedford.
The Women’s Tour will bring women’s cycling to the UK in the country’s first ever international stage-race. More than 100 of the best female riders, including past and current Olympic medallists and World Champions representing 17 trade and national teams, will be competing to become the first ever Women’s Tour champion.
There will be a “Tour Party” in Oundle on Tuesday, May 6, This means the following roads - West Street, Market Place, New Street, North Street from the junction with Blackpot Lane to Market Place, and St Osyths Lane - will be closed from 9.30am on the Tuesday until 1.30pm on Wednesday, May 7.
Milton Road will also be closed on Wednesday, May 7, from approximately 10.30am to 11.15am, for the riders procession before the Grand Depart.
Between Oundle and Northampton there will be a rolling road closure managed by a team of police and specialist cycle race motorcyclists travelling in advance of the riders to ensure that the route is clear and safe. It is anticipated to take up to 30 minutes for the race convoy to pass any given point along the route.
A large part of Northampton town centre will be closed from 4.30pm to 7pm on Wednesday, May 7. Other roads in the town will be closed an hour before the arrival of the riders, expected to be between midday and 12.30pm
Deputy leader of Northamptonshire County Council, Cllr Heather Smith, said: “I am very excited that Northamptonshire is hosting the first stage of the inaugural Women’s Tour cycling event and the route from Oundle to Northampton will show-off some of the best bits of our beautiful county.
“Obviously this type of event will mean that some road closures are necessary, but it’s very worthwhile as it will enable Northamptonshire people to see world-class sport on their doorstep.
“I hope as many people as possible turn out to watch this amazing event, and that the memory of 100 or so athletes racing through the county will inspire everyone to get on their own bikes, get active and have fun.”