Top cycle tour to start in Oundle


A field of world class cyclists will race through the county next year.

The inaugural Women’s Tour of Britain has started to take shape, with Oundle confirmed as the setting for the beginning of the race.

Riders will depart from the market town on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, heading to the opening stage finish in Northampton.

Organisers announced today (Tuesday, October 29) that stage two will head from Hinckley to Bedford, passing through Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire.

The Women’s Tour will take place over five stages, running from May 7 to 11, with details of the remainder of the route still to be announced.

The mayor of Oundle, George Higgins, said: “We are extremely proud that Oundle has been chosen for the start of the first-ever Women’s Tour.

“The picturesque surroundings of our historic town will provide a stunning backdrop to the Grand Depart for cyclists and supporters alike.”

SweetSpot Group, the race organisers, recently announced the event has been awarded 2.1 status by the UCI, the sport’s governing body, meaning it will attract leading riders.