We've been saying for ages that Northamptonshire is the place to be, and now the Women's Tour 2017 is coming to our home town of Kettering on Wednesday 7th June.
This will be the fourth year that Northamptonshire has hosted a stage of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour. Some of the world's top female cyclists will race from Daventry to Kettering over a the first stage of the tour, cycling 147.5km.
Monday and Tuesday have been pretty miserable, wet and windy days in our neck of the woods, but the weather is set to improve for the Wednesday opening. Kettering has pulled out all the stops to welcome the tour, its riders and supporters. Local businesses have featured bikes in their window displays and the cultural quarter has been decorated with stickers and flags to mark the occasion.
Race organisers expect thousands of visitors to line the route to Kettering Market Place, which hosted the grande finale and award ceremony in 2012, where Olympic silver medallist Lizzie Armistead was overall winner.
The Market Place has been transformed again, featuring a 200m final stretch along Sheep Street towards the finish line and fans. The riders are expected in Kettering town centre at around 3pm and the council have put on a range of events throughout the day to keep fans (and little fans) entertained.
Guy Holloway, Head of Corporate & Cultural Services at Kettering Borough Council, said: “We can’t wait for the Women’s Tour to return to Kettering, and we’ve had a wonderful reaction from local people who are also looking forward to it. Make sure you head into town on the day to witness the excitement of live international sport as well as the range of fun bike-themed activities for all the family. Don’t forget there is free parking at Northampton Road Recreation Ground too!”