What you need to know: Kettering to host Women’s Tour stage finish

The stage route.
The stage route.

It’s less than a week until Kettering hosts the end of stage one of the Women’s Tour.

The world’s best female cyclists will wind their way from Daventry to Kettering on June 7 (Wednesday).

Below we outline everything you need to know, from timings to road closures to what’s on offer.

The first stage is 147.5km in length and should take the top riders about four hours to complete, starting at 11am.

If those in front keep up a base speed of 38mph, they should reach Desborough by about 12.40pm.

Expect the leaders to be in Rushton by about 12.50pm and then Rockingham Hill 20 minutes later.

The women will weave through Corby before reaching Oundle at about 1.45pm.

They’ll then return through Stoke Doyle, Aldwincle, Islip and Thrapston before reaching Great Addington by about 2.20pm.

It will then be a rush through Finedon before going through the villages to Gipsy Lane and then down Sheep Street to the finish line shortly after 3pm.

Because of the race there will be three permanent road closures throughout the day.

Sheep Stree/Market Place will be closed from 4.45am to 6pm.

Northampton Road, from the double roundabout to Sheep Street, will close from 12 noon to 4pm.

Gipsy Lane will be closed from 12 noon to 3pm.

All other routes will be closed on a rolling basis from about 25 minutes before the cyclists fly through.

Kettering Council has outlined its parking plans for the day.

There will be free car parking in the Northampton Road Recreation Ground car park, from the access of Lake Avenue, from 10.30am.

All council car parks will be in use apart from the London Road car park which will be closed to the public.

There will also be a number of children’s activities available on the day.

From 11am to 4pm, there will be: bike scalextric, smoothie bikes, music bikes, crazy bikes, a rickshaw, a retro bike display, a penny farthing, free bike coding from Northants Police and a rebike’s bike doctor.

There will also be entertainment and market stalls from the Newlands Centre to the Women’s Tour Village.