A year after hosting the Grand Départ, Northamptonshire welcomes the OVO Energy Women’s Tour once again on day two of the 2018 race.
Daventry, the starting point of the 2017 edition, will host the finish this time around. Riders will pass through the historic market town twice during this stage as part of a challenging finishing circuit that will also see the peloton tackle the notoriously steep Newnham Hill on two occasions.
Previous stages in the county have visited Northampton (which hosted the finish of the race’s first ever stage in 2014), Oundle and Kettering. The latter has been the finish town for three stages, with winners there including last year’s overall champion Kasia Niewiadoma. Who will cross the line first in Northamptonshire this time around?
Set in the heart of the Nene Valley, Rushden is the ideal location for the start of Stage Two of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour. The town centre offers a wealth of independent businesses as well as well-known high street brands within an attractive late Victorian/Edwardian setting, an enduring reminder of Rushden’s rise to prominence as a ‘boot and shoe’ town.
Rushden Lakes offers an exciting new dimension to the town with 30 acres of high quality shopping, restaurants (and soon a 12-screen cinema) and opens up 214 acres of lakes for leisure activity in an area of outstanding natural beauty within the Nene Valley for everyone to explore and enjoy.
Organised events in and around Rushden bring added vibrancy to an already bustling atmosphere within the town and, in the run up to the visit of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, a busy programme of cycling and community events will take place. See http://www.rushdentowncouncil.gov.uk for details. Check out http://www.nenevalley.net for ideas of the many ways to enjoy the town and the Nene Valley, including the Greenway, a traffic-free cycling and walking route for all abilities.
Set among the rolling hills of west Northamptonshire, the historic market town of Daventry provides the perfect backdrop for the finish of Stage Two.
The town is renowned as the former home of the BBC’s World Service transmitters, which broadcast news and information across the globe for more than 70 years with the call sign ‘Daventry Calling’. The wider district is also rich in history, playing a key role in historic events including the Civil War and Gunpowder Plot.
Any fans with some spare time on race day should visit the picturesque Daventry Country Park, situated just one mile from the town centre. Daventry also has a great range of cafés in which to enjoy some refreshments, while the wider district boasts some of the finest stately homes in the country, including Althorp House, Canons Ashby, Cottesbrooke Hall and Kelmarsh Hall.