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The Women’s Tour is coming to Radley – UPDATED

  • 6th June update – Key information for Saturday 11 June 

    Please click on the following links to view: 

    Rolling road closures will take place for a short period from around 15 minutes before the race arrives in each location until all the riders have passed safely through.  Signs warning people to ‘expect delays’ have started to appear on the route. 

    There will be no parking on the route on race day until after all riders have passed.  This restriction will be strictly enforced.  To avoid any unnecessary issues, please help to spread the word in your local community to encourage people not to park on the route.  If you do spot a car parked on the route on the morning of the event and can identify who it belongs to, where possible please ask the owner to park elsewhere, otherwise their vehicle will be removed. 

     Keeping up to date on the day 

    We hope to share any updates on how the race is progressing or about any issues on our South and Vale Twitter pages.  Please also keep an eye on the county council and The Women’s Tour pages.  If there are significant delays or changes to the route, we will also let people know via Facebook.   

    Please be aware that due to the rolling road closures and necessary diversions there are likely to be significant delays on the roads in and around Oxford from early afternoon onwards.   

    Please share your photos and video 

    We are also very keen to share any photos or video on race day from our towns and villages to highlight the success of the event.  

    If you are any sharing any photos or videos on your own social media, please tag us in and use #WomensTour.  Alternatively, you can email them to communications@southandvale.gov.uk, including the name of the town/village where they were taken, and we’ll do our best to share them on our social feeds. 

     Redbridge Recycling Centre, temporary closure 

    As the race will pass close to Redbridge Recycling Centre, the site will be closed between 1:30pm and 3pm. All other household waste and recycling centres are scheduled to remain open as normal. 

    TV coverage 

    You can see the highlights of the race on ITV4 at 8pm on Saturday on or the ITV Hub afterwards.  The race will also be shown live online via subscriber services Eurosport Player and GCN +

    More information 

    For more information, please see our website southoxon.gov.uk/womenstour / whitehorsedc.gov.uk/womenstour  

    If you have any questions, please get in touch with

    Communications
    South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils
    01235 422400

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  • Update: The cyclists are expected to be in Radley around 14.45 on Saturday 11th June.  Full timings here

The race will start in Chipping Norton around 11am and will then pass through Cherwell and West Oxfordshire before entering the Vale by crossing the River Thames at Radcot around 12.50pm.  The riders will then race through many of our towns and villages in the Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire before finishing in Oxford at 3pm. 

You can now view the full estimated route timetable.  There are also maps showing the ‘no waiting coning requirements’ along the route now available on Oxfordshire County Council’s website. Please note – the times are subject to change and are being provided at this stage to help inform any local events planned to mark the occasion. 

A map showing the full route in detail is also now available for the public to view on The Women’s Tour website.  

To ensure the safety of competitors and the public, rolling road closures will take place in each location on the route, for a short period, from around 15 minutes before the race is due to arrive until all the riders have passed safely through. 

Here are the approximate times we expect the race to reach each town on the route in our districts: 

  • Faringdon – from 12.55pm (roads closed from 12.40pm) 
  • Wantage – from 1.30pm (roads closed from 1.15pm) 
  • Didcot – from 1.50pm (roads closed from 1.35pm) 
  • Wallingford – from 2.00pm (roads closed from 1.45pm) 
  • Abingdon – from 2.35pm (roads closed from 2.20pm). 
 
The final Sprint of this year’s race will also take place in Burcot, around 2.25pm. 
 
While the road closures are in place there will be no vehicle access to the route or most connecting roads.  There will also be no parking on the route on race day until after all riders have passed.  This restriction will be strictly enforced, and any vehicles will be removed.  
The road closures are being administered by race organisers Sweetspot, in liaison with Thames Valley Police. 

 

People will be able to witness the thrill of elite professional cycling when the Women’s Tour returns to the Vale of White Horse on Saturday 11 June.

Following successful events in 2019 and 2021, this will be the final year that The Women’s Tour will visit Oxfordshire, following a three-year partnership with race organiser SweetSpot.  For 2022, the county will host the sixth and final stage of the Tour in what promises to be a spectacular finale.

On the day, the riders will race through the Vale’s three towns – Faringdon, Wantage and Abingdon – as well as nearby countryside and villages, giving a great opportunity for thousands of people to see the action.  Villages on the route include: Little Coxwell, Fernham, Uffington, the Hendreds, Harwell, Radley and Kennington.

Communities across the district are being encouraged to mark the occasion – this could be as simple as lining the route to cheer the riders on, putting up bunting, flags, or cycling inspired artwork, creating a cycling themed window display or having cycling themed events.

To see the full route map visit whitehorsedc.gov.uk/womenstour.

Cllr Helen Pighills, Cabinet Member for Healthy Communities at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “I’m really looking forward to seeing people line the streets again to watch the race.  It’s so important that we showcase professional female sport stars who will help to inspire women and girls to take up cycling.”

“The Women’s Tour helps to bring visitors to our town centres to watch the race.  This can provide a real boost for local traders on the day and, as this year’s event is on a Saturday, I hope to see many people stick around afterwards to enjoy our local shops, cafes and pubs.”

Cllr Eric de la Harpe, Cycling Champion for the Vale, said: “We have a thriving cycling community in the Vale so it’s great that the Women’s Tour is returning to the district.  Seeing professional riders race through our towns and villages will be a real treat, so I hope that lots of people will come along to watch the race.  It’s also a great way of encouraging everyone to get out and about on their bike too.”

More information about the event, including the race times, will released in the coming weeks.  For further details, visit whitehorsedc.gov.uk/womenstour.

About the Women’s Tour

Created by SweetSpot Group in 2014, the Women’s Tour is the UK’s first international stage race for women, bringing the world’s top riders to compete in Great Britain as a part of the UCI Women’s World Tour.

The race, which has been won by the likes of Marianne Vos (2014), Lizzie Deignan (2016, 2019) and Demi Vollering (2021), attracts an annual roadside audience of 300,000, as well as over three million fans through linear and online platforms.

Follow the Women’s Tour on Twitter (#WomensTour), Facebook, and Instagram or via the event’s official website at womenstour.co.uk.

You can find more information about the event on the official Women’s Tour website.

 

 

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