July 24 2014 Latest news:
By Dave Burke
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Nearly 100 of the world’s best female cyclists will be racing through Hertfordshire on Saturday, with an exciting finish scheduled for Welwyn Garden City.
Stage four of the five-day Women’s Tour, which starts today (Wednesday) will see 96 cyclists, including double Olympic gold winner Laura Trott, who started her career with the Welwyn Wheelers Cycling Club, race through the county.
Marianne Vos and Lizzie Armitstead are also among the world class riders set to take part.
A range of activities are being held in the centre of Welwyn Garden City, with thousands of spectators expected to line the route.
It is the first time The Women’s Tour has been held in the UK.
The race will depart from the Broxbourne Borough Council offices in Cheshunt at around 11.30am.
It is expected to finish in Parkway, Welwyn Garden City, at around 2pm.
A convoy of vehicles will be travelling in front of and behind the pack of cyclists.
The race will arrive in North Herts from Buntingford along the A507, arriving in Baldock town centre at around 1.15pm.
It then makes its way to Baldock High Street, where the race moves into the first Sprint Stage from outside Baldock Library.
The race then reaches the Broadway in Letchworth at around 1.24pm, Great Wymondley at 1.31pm, St Ippolitts at 1.35pm and Langley at 1.43pm.
The second Sprint Stage takes place outside The Bell Motel in Codicote on the B656.
Cyclists are expected to enter Welwyn village from 1.41pm before climbing Digswell Hill.
They will take a left up Brockswood Lane then wind round The Campus, a semi-circle at the heart of the town centre, before hitting the finishing straight on Parkway at around 1.50pm.
There will be full road closures between 5am and 7pm on the southbound carriage of Parkway between John Lewis and Sainsbury’s, and on Wigmores North, Howardsgate (both sides), Stonehills and Fretherne Road.
There will be further road closures between 12.30pm and 3.30pm on The Campus, Bridge Road, Brockswood Lane, Digswell Road and northbound on Parkway.
Sainsbury’s will be open as usual, although you will only be able to leave via Church Road to Parkway and not towards Osborn Way, and John Lewis car park will also be open as usual.
Welwyn Garden City’s taxi rank will be moved from its current location to the one hour parking bays on the opposite corner to John Lewis on Wigmores North.
Chief Inspector David Partridge said: “Although we have been advised that the road closures should only be in place for around half an hour for the majority of the route, there is the possibility of traffic congestion during the day, so motorists should plan their journeys accordingly.
“We would urge people who are likely to be travelling around the county that day to take a quick look as the race route and make adjustments to their journey if necessary.
“I would advise people who are planning to watch the event, to take care and be mindful of their surroundings.”
For full build-up to The Women’s Tour, and an exclusive interview with Laura Trott, pick up a copy of the Welwyn Hatfield Times, on sale now.
* For further route maps, stage details, road closures and Twitter feed, visit the Welwyn Hatfield Times’ Women’s Tour site.