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International Women's Cycling Event To Come To Hinckley!

Posted: Wed, 07 May 2014 08:00

Thousands of visitors, competitors and the world's media will visit the area when the town plays host to the Women's Tour next May.

The event will bring world-class women's cycling to the UK for the country's first ever international stage-race and will see top riders from around the globe compete against British Olympic heroines.

Oundle in Northamptonshire will host the start of the tour but on day two riders will leave from Hinckley, travelling through the county and out to Bedfordshire.

Peter Osborne, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "We are privileged to help host this major event which will once again see the national spotlight shone on Leicestershire.

"These cyclists are a real inspiration and are fantastic ambassadors for women's cycling, and it will be wonderful so see them in action in our county.

"This event builds on the work we've undertaken with Dani King to help encourage cycling as part of our Olympic legacy plans and we hope it will encourage more women - and men - to get on their bikes, whether for sport or leisure, and improve their health, do their bit for the environment and enjoy our wonderful countryside.

"We anticipate that the Women's Tour will not only boost tourism but will bring an added economic benefit to the area and we are really looking forward to welcoming the riders and being part of this fantastic event."

Councillor David Cope, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure at Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, said: "We are delighted to be hosting part of The Women's Tour in Hinckley.

"I would encourage everyone to support this event. It is not every day that we get the opportunity to watch elite international cyclists competing on our doorstep.

"We look forward to welcoming the teams to Hinckleyand creating a fantastic atmosphere."

Details of the routes for Stages One and Two will be announced in the New Year.

The Women's Tour will take place over five stages between Wednesday, 7 and Sunday, 11 of May. Further details of the race and the locations for the remaining stages will be announced over the coming months.

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