A Women’s Tour cycling event will cause road closures in Northampton town centre for one day next month.
The first stage of the Women’s Tour, which will be the UK’s first ever international stage-race, will take place in Northamptonshire on Wednesday, May 7.
It will start with the Grand Depart in Oundle and finish later that day in Northampton centre.
The event will involve more than 100 of the country best female cyclists, including past and current Olympic medalists and world champions representing 17 trade and national teams.
Deputy leader of Northamptonshire County Council Councillor Heather Smith said: “I am very excited that Northamptonshire is hosting the first stage of the inaugural Women’s Tour cycling event and the route from Oundle to Northampton will show-off some of the best bits of our beautiful county.
“Obviously this type of event will mean that some road closures are necessary, but it’s very worthwhile as it will enable Northamptonshire people to see world-class sport on their doorstep.
“I hope as many people as possible turn out to watch this amazing event, and that the memory of 100 or so athletes racing through the county will inspire everyone to get on their own bikes, get active and have fun.”
The Northampton closures will include:
4.30am-7pm - Derngate, St Giles Street, Castilian Street, Spring Gardens, Hazelwood Road, Albion Place, Bedford Place, part of Guildhall Road and most of the town centre to be closed to traffic.
12noon-2pm - Victoria Promenade, Cheyne Walk and Bedford Road to be closed to traffic.
The Oundle closures will include:
From Tuesday, May 6 until 1.30pm Wednesday, May 7 - West Street, Market Place, New Street, North Street (from the junction with Blackpot Lane to Market Place) and St Osyths Lane to be closed to traffic.
10.30am-11.15am - Milton Road
Police and specialist motorcyclists will manage a rolling road closure between Oundle and Northampton and it is anticipated to take 30 minutes at any given point along the route to ensure the race convoy passes safely.