Warwickshire is gearing up to host Stage 2 of the 2016 Aviva Women’s Tour on Thursday 16th June. So make sure you join the crowds of spectators to cheer on the world’s best female cyclists at this exciting FREE event.

This is the first time that the peloton will visit Warwickshire, but the elite cyclists are unlikely to have much chance to appreciate the beautiful scenery as they race through the heart of the county.

Starting in Atherstone, the riders will head south – covering a total of 140km over the course of the day. En route they’ll pass a number of famous local landmarks including Kenilworth and Warwick castles, then skirt the Cotswolds, before crossing the finish line in Bridge Street, Stratford-upon-Avon.

One of the main highlights for spectators will be the dramatic cycle sprint section through the centre of Kenilworth along Warwick Road. This is likely to take place around 11.00am.

You can find out more about the route and race day itself by going to: http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/womens-tour

And don’t forget to follow the online conversation at #AvivaWT2016.

If you feel inspired by the pro riders to get out and about on your own bike, there are plenty of cycle paths and bridleways dotted around Shakespeare’s England. One of the most popular, especially with families, is the Stratford Greenway – a dedicated traffic-free route that follows the course of a former railway track.

Even if you don’t own a bike but fancy going for a spin on two wheels, you can always pop along to the Traditional Cycle Shop in Stratford. As well as hiring out classic Pashley bicycles, the shop also organises local cycle tours exploring the surrounding Warwickshire countryside.

So either way, you’ve got no excuse not to get on your bike this summer!

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