The world’s best female cyclists have set off on the third third stage of the Aviva Women’s Tour in Northamptonshire this morning.
Crowds and cyclists gathered in Oundle Market Place ready for the 10am start today (Friday).
The race is due to finish in Kettering town centre at around 1.30pm.
Northamptonshire’s own cycling pro Hannah Barnes, who grew up in Towcester before moving to Burton Latimer, is taking part and has said she is looking forward to a rare opportunity to compete in her home county.
The 22-year-old, who spends much of her time cycling for a team in North Carolina, USA, said said: “My mum and dad miss most of my racing in America, so we are all looking forward to them being there on the day. A lot of my old friends from the county are coming to support me too, which will be really nice.”
If you would like to catch a glimpse of the athletes racing through the county today, Northamptonshire County Council has advised the following standing points and times:
Oundle Market Place (start) – 10am
Upper Benefield – 10.21am
Lower Benefield – 10.24am
Oundle Market Place – 10.30am
Fotheringhay – 10.41am
Nassington – 10.46am
Woodnewton – 10.51am
Apethorpe – 10.55am
King’s Cliffe – 10.58am
Blatherwycke – 11.05am
Bulwick – 11.08am
Laxton – 11.11am
Harringworth – 11.16am
Gretton – 11.22am
Rockingham – 11.29am
Corby, George Street – 11.36am
Cottingham – 11.42am
East Carlton – 11.45am
Pipewell – 11.51am
Rothwell, Glendon Road – 12pm
Desborough, Gold Street – 12.05pm
Harrington – 12.13pm
Kelmarsh – 12.19pm
Naseby – 12.29pm
Hollowell – 12.43pm
Guilsborough – 12.46pm
Ravensthorpe – 12.50pm
Spratton – 12.57pm
Brixworth, Holcot Road – 1.02pm
Scaldwell – 1.06pm
Old – 1.09pm
Mawsley – 1.15pm
Loddington – 1.23pm
Kettering Market Place – 1.32pm
There will be rolling road closures throughout the day to make way for the cyclists. It is anticipated to take up to 30 minutes for the race convoy to pass any given point along the route, listed above.
There will also be the following disruptions:
- West Street, New Street, St Osyths Lane and North Street (south of the junction with Blackpot Lane) in Oundle will be closed all day today.
- A one-way system running clockwise will be in place on East Road, South Road, Mill Road, Benefield Road, Milton Road and Blackpot Lane.
- Gipsy Lane (south of Bowhill) and Northampton Road (east of Northfield Avenue) in Kettering will be closed between midday and 3pm.
- Sheep Street in Kettering will be closed from 4.45am to 6pm.