Route for Final Stage of Tour of Britain Women revealed

Route for Final Stage of Tour Of Britain Women revealed

The final route for the 2024 Tour of Britain Women has today been revealed as Greater Manchester gears up to host stage four of the major international stage race on Sunday 9 June. 

Named the first ever European Capital of Cycling for 2024, Greater Manchester will welcome some of the biggest names in women’s cycling as they go head-to-head over 99km and 1,615m of elevation before the winner of the inaugural Tour of Britain Women is crowned.  

Stage 4: Greater Manchester: National Cycling Centre – Leigh, 99km (1,615m) 

The race will depart at 11:15 from the National Cycling Centre, the home of British Cycling, and will conclude at Leigh Sports Village, with riders expected to cross the finish line at approximately 14:06.  

The anticlockwise route will cross the Ashton Canal, heading northeast to Oldham shortly before riders will face the first Queen of the Mountains (QOM) segment of the day.  

At 2.72km long with an average gradient of 5.5%, the Delph to Grains Bar climb features 23km into the route and lies among the Pennines.  

The rolling route will take in the towns of Shaw and Rochdale with riders facing a fast descent through Edenfield before taking on the short but formidable Ramsbottom Rake. 

Just 0.97km in length but averaging at a 9.9% gradient, the climb known locally as “The Rake” is where the final QOM points of the competition will be collected.  

The peloton will pass the picturesque Wayoh and Entwistle Reservoirs in Edgworth before facing a series of punchy kickers from Dimple which are likely to do some further damage.  

The day’s intermediate sprint segment sits on Lee Lane in Horwich with 24km of the race remaining.  

A fast, flat run into Leigh will set the stage for what is expected to be a spectacular finish to the race where spectators will witness history in action as the overall race winner will be crowned. 

Tour of Britain Race Director, Rod Ellingworth, said: “I am incredibly proud of the collective efforts of everyone involved to allow us to be in a position where we can announce the fourth and final route of the Tour of Britain Women. Stage four is set to be another incredibly tough stage, with a series of challenging climbs, beautiful scenery and visual reminders of the area’s industrial heritage, where spectators will witness the very best of women’s road racing in action.  

“As the European Capital of Cycling, we know that our partners in Manchester and the surrounding boroughs will put on a show not to be missed. We are extremely grateful for the support of Marketing Manchester, Manchester Active, Manchester City Council, Wigan Council and all those involved for their ongoing commitment and support.”  

Councillor John Hacking, Executive Member for Skills, Employment and Leisure, Manchester City Council, said:

“It is fitting that during the year when Manchester is celebrating being named the European Capital of Cycling, we are welcoming some of the greatest athletes in the sport to our city. The Tour of Britain is always a showstopper event and I’m sure thousands of people will turn out to see these incredible competitors battle it out, starting in the shadow of the National Cycling Centre, our very own medal factory and the home of British Cycling.” 

Councillor David Molyneux MBE, leader of Wigan Council, said: “We are so excited that the Tour of Britain Women will finish at Leigh Sports Village (LSV) next month. 

“This announcement could not be more welcomed, and we’re so proud that our borough is quickly becoming a major hub for women’s sport following our hosting of the UEFA Women’s EUROs, Rugby League World Cup and now the Tour of Britain Women. 

“There is going to be a fantastic atmosphere with plenty of activity down at the LSV on Sunday 9 June, so make sure to come down, have fun and support the riders!” 

2024 Tour of Britain Women: 

Stage 1 – Thursday 6 June 2024: Welshpool to Llandudno  

Stage 2 – Friday 7 June 2024: Wrexham  

Stage 3 – Saturday 8 June 2024: Warrington  

Stage 4 – Sunday 9 June 2024: Greater Manchester: National Cycling Centre to Leigh  

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