Volunteers needed for Women’s Tour

People are being given the chance to help with the first ever Women's Tour, which has its Grand Depart in Oundle
People are being given the chance to help with the first ever Women's Tour, which has its Grand Depart in Oundle
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People are being given the chance to help with the first ever Women’s Tour, which has its Grand Depart in Oundle.

The organisers of The Women’s Tour, SweetSpot, are asking people to step forward and volunteer on one of the five stages.

The race starts in Oundle on Wednesday, May 7, with the first stage finishing in Northampton.

The second stage also passes through the county as the riders race from Hinckley to Bedford.

The application form to be a part of The Women’s Tour, which ends in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday, May 11, is now open online for people to register their details.

About 300 volunteers are required across the five stages of the tour, at stage starts and finishes as well as at the two intermediate sprints and two Queen of the Mountains locations on each stage.

Volunteers can register their details via an application form and will then hear more details on how they can be involved towards the end of April.

The final two teams for the event have also been announced, bringing The Women’s Tour up to its full complement of 16 teams.

They are Spanish professional squad Lointek and the Swiss national team.

Switzerland will ride The Women’s Tour with a young squad, including reigning mountain biking Under-23 World Cross Country Champion Jolanda Neff, who is ranked fifth in the UCI’s world cross country rankings.

They will compete alongside fellow national teams from the Netherlands and Great Britain.

The Spanish-registered Lointek will include a mixture of Spanish and French professionals, among the latter former French National Champion Melodie Lesueur and Aude Biannic, who was 10th in the road race at the London 2012 Olympics.

For more details of how to register go to www.thetour.co.uk.