The Women’s Tour is coming to Gloucestershire
Written by Community Editor on 23rd May 2022
Gloucestershire will host both the Women’s Tour and Tour of Britain in 2022 and we want you to get involved as the UK’s most prestigious bike race hits home roads.
On Wednesday, 8 June, stage three of the Women’s Tour will begin in Tewkesbury and finish in Gloucester. The route will see the riders head west into the Forest of Dean before heading back east to finish in the heart of the cathedral city by Gloucester Docks.
This will be followed by stage six of the Tour of Britain, the UK’s most prestigious men’s cycle race, visiting the county on Friday, 9 September, with the race also starting in Tewkesbury and finishing in Gloucester. The riders will head east into the Cotswolds, before heading south, then coming up through the Stroud district, and finishing by Gloucester Docks.
The start and finish of both races will be separated by a little over ten miles, allowing fans to easily attend both on race day.
We want people from across the county and beyond to come together to support the riders as they ride through the glorious Gloucestershire scenery.
With large parts of the county being covered by either the Women’s or Men’s races, it is a brilliant chance for our residents to get on the roadside and watch as some of the world’s top cyclists race through Gloucestershire.
The Women’s Tour
With the Women’s Tour just a few weeks away, we would encourage all residents to take the opportunity to support the race as it passes through and watch world class sport on your doorstep.
Our website will give you details of the route, road closures and a timetable of when the race is expected to pass through your community. It also features a downloadable community activation pack which gives suggestions of how your community can get involved with the event.
Keep your bunting up
We would encourage you to leave any bunting and decorations from the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II up for the Women’s Tour. The race will take place the Wednesday after the Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend.
The county council’s commitment to supporting the economy, tourism and active travel will see it sponsor both races. It will be the first time either race has held a stage start and finish in Gloucestershire.
The 2021 Women’s Tour and Tour of Britain delivered a net economic impact of £35million to the UK economy, with 1.3million spectators watching the races at the roadside, and 60% of fans inspired to cycle more.