County gears up for big day of cycling

1 June 2017

Derbyshire is gearing up for a big day of cycling when the OVO energy Women's Tour comes to the county for the second year in a row.

The world's top women cyclists will race through Derbyshire on Saturday 10 June 2017, starting in Chesterfield and taking in many of the county's best-known market towns and landmarks before returning to Chesterfield for the finish.

Cycling fans will have the chance to catch the action at a variety of vantage points including Wirksworth, Belper, Crich, Bolsover and Staveley.

This is the second year running the Women's Tour has come to the county and Stage 4 - raced over 123km and featuring more than 2,500 metres of climbing - is being hailed as its toughest leg.

Last year, Great Britain's Lizzie Deignan (née Armitstead) won the Derbyshire stage, which finished in Chesterfield market place and took in Bank Road, Matlock, before going on to win the overall race.

The Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure Councillor Simon Spencer said:

This is a fantastic opportunity for the county, offering cycling fans the chance to watch a top class international event for free.

"Seeing the world's top women cyclists battling it out for the honours isn't something that happens every day and I'd urge everyone − from cycling enthusiasts and sports fans to local families with children, visitors and residents − to come out and support what's going to be a great event."

A newsletter detailing all the latest information about the route and handy tips on where and when to see the race is attached to this page.

The race starts at 10.30am in Chesterfield and the estimated times of arrival (ETAs) for the major towns are:

  • Wirksworth 11.15am
  • Belper 11.55am
  • Tibshelf 12.30pm
  • Bolsover 12.50pm
  • Staveley 1pm
  • Chesterfield 1.50pm.

Race highlights include:

  • Queen of the Mountains:
    • Middleton Top, 11.25am
    • Crich, 12.20pm
  • Sprints:
    • Belper, noon
    • Staveley, 1.30pm.

The women's cycle network, Breeze, is organising a mini-tour of Chesterfield on Saturday 3 June 2017, leaving outside the Town Hall, Rose Hill at 10am. The course is five miles long and is suitable for women riders of all abilities.

Councillor Spencer added:

"I'm really pleased we've been able to bring the Women's Tour to Derbyshire again. Thousands of people turned out to watch last year's race and this year's promises to be even bigger and better."

Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council's deputy leader, said:

"The Women's Tour is set to be a fantastic event and we're encouraging people to come along and cheer the riders as well as take part in the activities in Chesterfield town centre.

"It will be a great opportunity for families to have fun together, see their cycling heroes and find out more about cycling and fitness for themselves."

For full details visit Women's Tour.

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