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The Women's Tour 2018

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The Race

Once again the world's top professional women's cyclists will be racing through North Warwickshire. On 15th June 2018 Stage 3 of The OVO Energy Women's Tour will be setting off from Market Square, Atherstone and winding its way through North Warwickshire's lovely countryside en route to the finish line in Royal Leamington Spa. 14 of the top 15 UCI Women’s Teams will be competing in the race, alongside British squads Trek-Drops, WNT-Rotor and Storey Racing.

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From the Market Square, the cyclists will take the same route as 2017 along North Street, back along Long Street before leaving the town via Coleshill Road heading for Arley, Fillongley and Meriden finishing in Royal Leamington Spa around 2.15pm - visit  Warwickshire County Council for complete route details with expected timings. Visit The Women's Tour Official website for full details.

Stage 3 through North Warwickshire

Five leaders' jerseys

Within The Women's Tour there are five leaders' jerseys, including Queen of the Mountains and The Yellow jersey given to the Tours leading rider. Each jersey is presented following every stage to the rider leading that competition's classification.

Timetable of Events on Race Day

4.00am - The roads will be closed and the build will start in Market Square

8.00am - The Promo Zone opens. There will be Static Bike Challenge, Breast Cancer Awareness stall and Visit Northern Warwickshire

8.30am - The entertainment starts! BMX Stunts by Keelan Phillips, bike try outs, giant puppets, slow bike race and street art

8.30am - The teams start arriving in Sheepy Road Car Park

9.00am - Presentations to teams will take place in Market Square. Local school children will be involved and the teams will be presented with their very own Warwickshire Charlie Bear

9.50am - 20 local school children will be involved in a pre-race ride out along North Street, Long Street and back to Market Square

10.00am - The Race Starts!

10.10am - The pre-race riders will receive their medals on stage

Activities happening on the lead up to the dayTreasure hunt

Treasure Hunt

Test your knowledge of Atherstone’s shops and be in with a chance of winning a hamper full of children’s gifts and sweets.

Hamper prizes include arts and crafts from Pennies Worth, a family swim pass for Atherstone Leisure Complex, two free passes to Fourways Play Centre and a family explorer ticket to Dobbies World. The runner up will win a wonderful sweet hamper from Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe.

All you have to do is decode a number of riddles and unpick the clues to find the answers and name the shops. Entry forms are available online and also from the reception desk at North Warwickshire Borough Council and Atherstone Library on Long Street from 25th May 2018. Completed entries will need to be returned to the locations above by Friday 8th June and the winner announced on Friday 15th June on the day of the Women’s Tour.

Window Dressing

To help us welcome the Women’s Tour back to Atherstone, we are inviting the shops in Atherstone to take part in this year’s window dressing competition.

  • Displays will follow a cycling theme and be completed by Friday 8th June
  • Judging by the Mayor of North Warwickshire will take place on Monday 11th June (from 10am)
  • The winner will be presented with an engraved shield on Wednesday 13th June

If you are a shop that would like to be involved please take a look at the flyer.

Look out for Atherstone's Best Dressed Shop Window!

Show Us Your Shop

Atherstone Businesses will also have a chance to showcase their shop on the lead up to the big day. This will give you a chance to find out more about the town, the people behind the shop fronts and take advantage of some great exclusive offers. Make sure you follow the page @NWBCcommunitydevelopment to discover more.

2017 Stage 3 Start in Atherstone

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Last updated Wednesday, 6th June 2018

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