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Northamptonshire to host Official Sportive of The Women's Tour in June 2017

by Holly Blades

Northamptonshire will host the Official Sportive of The Women's Tour for the second year running, as the mass participation event returns to Delapre Abbey on Sunday 18 June.

The event will give amateur cyclists the chance to celebrate The Women's Tour, the world leading elite race that begins in Northamptonshire on Wednesday 7 June, and experience riding on some of the same roads as the professionals, just a week after the conclusion of the 2017 race.

In 2016 over 400-riders took part in The Tour Ride Northamptonshire, on one of three routes, with this year's event set to follow the same format. Entries are now open via the British Cycling entry system here, costing just £30 for entry, or by following the sign-up link on 

As well as 40 and 80-mile routes through the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside that the world's top riders have raced on annually since 2014, families will also be encouraged to get on their bikes with an off-road 10-mile route starting and finishing at Delapre Abbey.

The launch of the Women's Tour in London. Copyright SweetSpot

Northamptonshire County Council leader Cllr Heather Smith said: "I'm delighted that Northamptonshire will once again be hosting a mass participation cycle ride as part of The Women's Tour. I took part in The Tour Ride myself last year and it was a fantastic event, attracting everyone from young families to serious cyclists.

"The reason we are committed to hosting The Women's Tour in Northamptonshire is to encourage people to be more active by getting on their bike, and The Tour Ride is a fantastic way to do that. I would encourage people to sign up without delay!"

Northamptonshire will host the opening stage of The Women's Tour for the first time since 2014 on Wednesday 7 June, with the race beginning in Daventry for the first time before the stage finish in Kettering.

Commenting on the Tour Ride Northamptonshire, Mick Bennett, Race Director of The Women's Tour said; "Following the launch of The Women's Tour and the news that the opening stage will return to Northamptonshire, we are pleased to be able to confirm that amateur riders will again be able to get on their bikes and celebrate the race through our partnership with Northamptonshire County Council.  We hope to see lots of women and families out on their bikes with us in June."

The Tour Ride sportives give amateur cyclists the chance to have the professional experience and enjoy a full supported ride with feed stations on route stocked with products from official nutrition partners of The Women's Tour HIGH5 and Soreen, plus mechanical support from Vittoria and neutral service support vehicles from Brother.

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