News: Britain’s Women’s Tour awarded UCI 2.1 Status


The SweetSpot Group are delighted to announce that The Women’s Tour has been awarded 2.1 status by the UCI, the sport’s governing body, for its 2014 launch.

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This is the highest level of category awarded to any international women’s event, and means the race will host the very best female athletes in the world.

The Women’s Tour will take place between Wednesday 7th and Sunday 11th May, with the opening stage being held in Northamptonshire.


“We are absolutely delighted that the UCI have awarded us 2.1 status for this exciting new event,” said SweetSpot Director Guy Elliott.

“Our first stage, including the Grand Depart, will be based entirely in Northamptonshire, which is a fantastic county for racing and will the first time that Northamptonshire has hosted a major Tour. The stage will be a challenging test for all riders on a beautiful and challenging route of opening day of the race, with plans to pass through many of the county’s towns and villages.

“We are particularly pleased about Northamptonshire’s plans to use the event to promote women’s sport in its widest context to young people.”

Stage One of The Women’s Tour will take place in Northamptonshire on Wednesday 7th May, with exact details of the route, and start and finish locations, being announced in due course.

Deputy leader for Northamptonshire County Council Councillor Heather Smith said: “This is fantastic news for Northamptonshire and I am very pleased that we will be hosting the first stage of this prestigious event.

“Not only will The Women’s Tour bring significant economic benefits to the county, it is also a real opportunity to promote cycling and women’s sport locally.

“We want to use this event to encourage everyone in Northamptonshire, and in particular the county’s young people, to get cycling and improve their health and wellbeing. This will be a very exciting event for Northamptonshire and will herald the start of a summer of sporting events across the whole county that everyone can look forward to.”

Further details of Stage One of The Women’s Tour, and the locations for the remaining four stages will be announced over the coming months.

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