On Sunday 21st June 2015, the world’s best female road cyclists will be racing their way through the Chilterns countryside from Marlow to Hemel Hempstead on the final stage of the second annual Women’s Tour. Read on for all the information you need about where to watch and what’s happening in the area.
Final distances, timings, sprint info, QOM and activity information has now been added. The map also shows a small selection of refreshment stops and attractions close to the route. For more details, take a look at our ‘Cycle Guide’ pages for the various Gateway Towns.
**IMPORTANT RACE DAY INFO – ROAD CLOSURES**
The Aviva Women’s Tour operates a rolling road closure system. Sections of the route will be closed for 20-30 minutes at a time to allow the race and following vehicles to pass through safely. A full road closure will be in place on certain roads around the start in Marlow and the finish in Hemel Hempstead. For road closures and parking information, have a look at the Women’s Tour website.
HOW TO GET TO THE ROUTE
By Bike: Lots of great cycle routes and quiet lanes in the area which will be busier than usual on the day. Beat the traffic by jumping on your bike. Take a look at our Cycle Routes page for some suggestions.
By Train: There are lots of train stations within walking distance or cycling distance of the race route and every ‘Gateway’ town has a train station. Marlow and Hemel Hempstead both have train stations with regular services from London. Zoom in to the map above to see the locations of all the train stations in the Chilterns.
By Bus: Catching the bus couldn’t be easier and provides hassle free travel to see the Tour in your area. See Traveline.info to plan your journey.
By Car: The Chilterns are easily accessible from the M4, M40, M1 and M25, depending on which bit you’re trying to get to. The area will be busier than usual on the day and lanes are narrow with an increased number of cyclists. There will also be huge parking restrictions at the start and finish so keep an eye on Women’s Tour Spectator Info page for details.
WHERE TO STAY
There are hundreds of accommodation providers in the Chilterns AONB, everything from camp sites and youth hostels to five star hotels and luxury self-catering cabins. More information is available on the Visit Chilterns website or partner websites of the stage. (Dacorum Look No Further, Visit Buckinghamshire)
WHAT TO DO
As well as the many things to see and do in the Chilterns, there will be extra events taking place on the day of the Tour and over the weekend as well as a variety of other events happening in the area in June.
Sunday 21st June 2015
Higginson Park, Marlow, Buckinghamshire 9am-3pm
Cycle events and activities in Higginson Park at Marlow including:
- Free Cycle Chilterns Dr Bike safety checks
- Cycle Chilterns Rollapalluza racing
- Get Cycling – scaletrix track, electric velodrome, try it track
- Watt Bike test with Marlow Riders
- Wheels for All with adaptive bikes session
- Bell boating on the Thames
- Spinning session
- Marlow Striders running information
A morning of activities at the leisure centre on White Hill and plenty to keep you occupied before the peloton rolls through.
Gadebridge Park Finish Venue, Hemel Hempstead 11am-5pm
Once again the park will be a hive of activities with cycling activities for kids and adults and a Community Fair including:
- Cycle Chilterns Shoretrax MTB track
- Various cycling activities incl. Dr Bike
- Children’s funfair
- Community fair with over 50 stalls
- Father’s Day gift specials
Plus food, drink and refreshment stalls, team pits and sponsors.
13-21st June – Bike Week 2015
Dozens of cycling activities taking place across the country, everything from rides and cycle training to Dr Bikes and maintenance classes.
19-20th June – Buryfields Festival, Chesham
Chesham’s very own music and comedy festival with concerts, comedy gigs, food and drinks stalls and children’s activities.
19th-21st June – Henley Women’s Regatta
The Henley Women’s Regatta is the premier rowing regatta for Women in the UK. Over one thousand women aim to compete and win annually. Crews travel from all around the world to race over the famous Henley Regatta.
25-28th June Tring Carnival
A number of activities in Tring including the high street parade on Saturday 27th.
27th June – 5th July Tring Charter 700 Celebrations
A whole week of activities, everything from school events to quizzes and a farmer’s market as Tring celebrates 700 years of it’s town charter granted by King Edward.
27th June – Armed Forces Day, Aston Clinton
Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Armed Forces Day, show your support for the Armed Forces and a grea day out with an air show, balloon rides, lives music and lots more.
28th June – Amersham Carnival
Activities and carnival in Amersham.
If you know of any other events, activities or rides taking place on or around the weekend of the Aviva Women’s Tour, please Contact us with details.