09 April 2014

Road closures in Northampton and Oundle for the Women’s Tour cycling event have now been finalised.

About the Women's Tour

The Women’s Tour will bring women’s cycling to the UK in the country’s first ever international stage-race.

The entire first stage of the race takes place in Northamptonshire on Wednesday 7th May, starting with the Grand Depart in Oundle and the stage finish later that day in the centre of Northampton.

Over 100 of the best female riders, including past and current Olympic medallists and World Champions representing 17 trade and national teams will be competing to become the first ever Women’s Tour champion.

Northampton closures

  • From 4.30am to 7pm on Wednesday 7th May, a large part of the town centre will be closed to traffic, including the Derngate, St Giles Street, Castilian Street, Spring Gardens, Hazelwood Road, Albion Place, Bedford Place and part of Guildhall Road.
  • There will also be a secondary closure enforced approximately one hour prior to the arrival of the cyclists – this is anticipated to begin between midday and 12.30pm. From this time Victoria Promenade, Cheyne Walk and Bedford Road will be closed to traffic until around 1.30pm to 2pm (after the cyclists have passed through).

Oundle closures

  • Due to the Tour Party on the eve of the Women’s Tour closures will be in place from 9.30am on Tuesday 6th May until approximately 1.30pm on Wednesday 7th May. The following roads will be closed to traffic: West Street, Market Place, New Street, North Street (from the junction with Blackpot Lane to Market Place), St Osyths Lane.
  • There will also be a secondary closure along Milton Rd to accommodate a procession of the riders prior to their departure from Oundle. This will be in place from 10.30am until approximately 11.15am.

Other closures

Between Oundle and Northampton there will be a rolling road closure managed by a team of police and specialist cycle race motorcyclists travelling in advance of the riders to ensure that the route is clear and safe. It is anticipated to take up to 30 minutes for the race convoy to pass any given point along the route.

For more information

Visit the local Women's Tour website for further information including maps of the road closures.

Alternatively you can visit the national Women's Tour website for details of all five stages.

Part of stage two also passes through Northamptonshire, there is more information about this on Leicestershire County Council's website.

You can also follow the tour via @womenstourNN and @womenstour

The Women’s Tour is created by SweetSpot Group, the company also behind the Tour of Britain. SweetSpot is working with Northamptonshire County Council to bring the event to the county.

The University of Northampton is a proud partner of ‘The Women’s Tour’ as it passes through Northamptonshire. As the UKs only Ashoka U Changemaker Campus, the University strives to work with students, staff and the local community to create positive social impact in the area –‘The Women’s Tour’ is a great opportunity to encourage people to be more active and reap the benefits a healthy lifestyle can offer.