Women's Tour start venue confirmed: Oundle, Northamptonshire

Women start, British circuit race national championships 2013

Oundle, Northamptonshire, will host the start of the inaugural Women's Tour in May 2014, the race's organiser has confirmed.

The opening stage of the race on Wednesday May 7 will take place exclusively in Northamptonshire, with stage two running from Hinckley to Bedford and incorporating Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire.

Deputy leader of Northamptonshire County Council Heather Smith commented: "We are very excited that Northamptonshire has been chosen to host the first stage of The Women's Tour. This is an opportunity to showcase our beautiful county to the rest of the world as well as promote cycling and women's sport locally, and will be the start of a summer of cycling events."

The five-day 2014 Women's Tour will take place from Wednesday May 7 to Sunday May 11 and has been granted the highest possible 2.1 ranking by the Union Cycliste Internationale. Further route details will be unveiled in the New Year.

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Nigel Wynn
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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.