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The Women’s Tour – Saturday 11 June 2022

Experience the thrill of elite professional cycling when the Women’s Tour returns to the Vale of White Horse

On Saturday 11 June, thousands of people from across Oxfordshire and beyond are expected to line the route as around 100 professional riders race through the county as part of the prestigious Women’s Tour, bringing both economic and health benefits to the area.

Following successful events in 2019 and 2021, this will be the final year that we will host the Women’s Tour as part of three-year partnership with race organiser SweetSpot, so we really want to make this year’s finale an extra special occasion. 

What will happen on the day

Please see the the full route map on the Women’s Tour website and the full estimated route timetable.

The Women’s Tour will start in Chipping Norton around 11am and will then pass through Cherwell and West Oxfordshire.

The Tour is expected to enter the Vale of White Horse at approximately 12.50pm, crossing the River Thames at Radcot. The riders and will then race via Faringdon (around 12.55pm), Little Coxwell, Fernham, Uffington, Wantage (around 1.30pm), the Hendreds and Harwell. 

The race will then pass through Didcot and Wallingford in South Oxfordshire, with the final Sprint of this year’s Tour taking place in Burcot (around 2.25pm), before re-entering the Vale via Abingdon Bridge. 

The riders will then travel through Abingdon (around 2.35pm), Radley and Kennington before the final stretch into Oxford.

If you need to travel to watch the race, please, where possible, walk, cycle or use public transport, and make sure you check the times carefully to ensure you don’t miss out on any of the action or get held up by the rolling road closures.

Information about rolling road closures

To ensure the safety of competitors and the public, rolling road closures will be in place while the event passes through each area. This will happen for a short period, from around 15 minutes before the first riders arrive in each location and until they have all passed safely through. To see how the rolling road closures will work, please take a look at this short video from the race organisers.

While the road closures are in place there will be no vehicle access to the local area.  If you are parked in one of our public car parks on the day, please be aware that you will not be able to leave the area for a short period while rolling road closures are in place.

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.

Please also be aware that there may be delays on the roads in and around Oxford during the afternoon, as the race enters its final stages.

Get involved and make the most of the event

We’d love to see everyone in the Vale get involved to mark this event.

This could be as simple as lining the route to cheer the riders on, joining with your community to put up bunting, flags, or cycling inspire artwork along the route, creating a cycling themed window display, having a cycling themed menu, or organising cycling themed competitions. 

For more ideas, take a look at the promotions and activations pack or speak to your local town or parish council or cycling club.

The event will be seen by a national television audience, so it’s a great chance to show the area off to the wider public!

Highlights of this year’s race will once again be shown on ITV4 in the UK, and around the world via Eurosport and GCN.

More information about the Women’s Tour

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

Getting inspired to get on your bike!

One of our aims of hosting this event is to encourage everyone to take up cycling on a regular basis and to choose to travel by bike more often, rather than by car.  By making this change we could all be a bit healthier, and it would also help to improve our air quality.

To help ensure people can travel by bike to and from work, and around the district, quickly and safely, significant work has taken place across Oxfordshire to improve the cycle network, including to the Science Vale Cycle Network.

If you are inspired to get on your bike there are plenty of cycle paths across the district you can follow – you can find these on the National Cycle Network map

If you’d like to take up cycling more seriously to keep fit or as a sport then why not check out the Sustrans website for some great ideas of routes you can follow, or get in touch with one of our local cycling clubs.

If you’re a parent, you can also find out about cycling training for children.

Making cycling safer

We know that safety is a big concern for many cyclists and one of the main reasons why many people are reluctant to travel by bike, particularly on busy roads in our towns and in Oxford. 

We fully support the ambition to create more infrastructure that is better and safer which will encourage people to take cycling up both as mode of transport and as a sport.

Will continue to work with Cycling Champion Cllr Eric de la Harpe, and our colleagues from around the county, to develop and implement better cycling infrastructure and support organisations at all levels who want to encourage people to cycle more.