As the 2015 Aviva Women’s Tour draws closer, there are many cycling-themed events taking place across Northamptonshire.
There are a number of special events taking place linked to the world-class women’s cycling race, which returns to the county on Friday, June 19.
From a cycling taster day to a family picnic party, there’s something for everyone to enjoy throughout June.
On Saturday, June 6, Cycle Saturday will take place in Kettering – where this year’s race will finish – offering a whole day of free cycling-based activities.
Visitors will be able to try out a range of crazy bikes including ones that make smoothies, play music and control Scalextrix races.
There will also be penny farthing riders and people can find out more about local cycling clubs and British Cycling.
Visitors can also bring along their own bikes for a check-up at a Rebike’s bike doctor session or have their cycle marked with a security code by the police so it can be identified and returned if it gets stolen.
Bringing the day’s festivities to a close, there will be a showing of the classic 1980s film ET on the big screen in Kettering Market Place at 6pm.
On Thursday, June 18 – the eve of the race – the fun moves to Oundle, which once again hosts the Grand Depart of the Northamptonshire stage of the Women’s Tour.
The market town will be holding a warm-up party to get everyone ready for the big event.
From 4pm, people will be able to watch British Cycling bike races, see live music, have a go on the climbing wall and take part in a cycling-related It’s A Knock-Out competition.
There will also be a classic bike rally featuring retro bicycles from days gone by, which starts at 5pm from Oundle Wharf.
On the day of the Women’s Tour, there will be stalls and entertainment at the start and finish towns, followed by Corby’s annual Cyclefest on Saturday, June 20.
The festival will include two cycle-related films at The Core theatre’s pedal-powered cinema as well as BMX and mountain biking displays and rickshaw rides.
Those inspired to get sporty by the world’s best female cyclists can take part in the Wicksteed Park triathlon on Sunday, June 21, which will include swimming, running and cycling events for both adults and children.
The calendar of events concludes with the Great Girl-Rilla Ride, a sponsored women’s bike ride suitable for all abilities which will take place on Sunday, June 28, in Oundle.
With two route options – 50km or 100km – the event offers an opportunity to get cycling while raising money for charity.
To find out more about these events and the Aviva Women’s Tour, visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/womenstour.