04 June 2015

Northamptonshire County Council is encouraging towns and villages along the route to get behind the cyclists racing in this summer’s Aviva Women’s Tour.

The world-class women’s cycling event returns to the county on Friday 19th June for the third stage of the five-day race, starting once again in Oundle and finishing this year in Kettering.

Toughest stage

At 139km, the Northamptonshire stage will be the longest and toughest stage of the 2015 race, challenging riders to take on a steep climb through Rockingham village and an uphill drag into Kettering town centre at the end of the route.

Last year’s event saw a massive 55,000 people line the roads for last year’s stage from Oundle to Northampton, and the county council is inviting towns and villages along this year’s route to get involved.

Stage 3 will pass through towns and villages including Fotheringhay, King’s Cliffe, Gretton, Corby, Cottingham, Rothwell, Desborough, Kelmarsh, Naseby, Creaton, Spratton, Brixworth, Old and Mawsley.

Get involved

Town and parish councils on the route have been sent a community pack which includes bunting to decorate their streets and inflatable bang bang sticks to give out to spectators on the day.

County council deputy leader Heather Smith said: “2014 was the first year of the Women’s Tour, so we had no idea how many people would come out to watch the race and we were astounded by the number of spectators who did.

“We want this year to be even more successful and that’s why we’re inviting towns and villages along the route to get behind this fantastic sporting event and get involved.

“It would be wonderful to see people lining the streets to cheer on the cyclists and we hope town and parish councils will use our bunting to decorate their streets and show the riders their support.

“The Northamptonshire stage of the 2014 race was a truly memorable day and I’m sure we can make this year’s stage even better.”

More information

To find out more about the Aviva Women’s Tour, visit the website www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/womenstour.