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Cyclists in Women's Tour prepare to ride through region

When it comes to cycling, our region is well and truly on the map. Last year the Tour of Britain saw the world's best male riders racing right through the South - and now, it's the women's turn.

The Women's Tour comes to the Thames Valley next week. Stage 5 of the race starts in Marlow and ends in Hemel Hempstead - crossing the Chiltern Hills on the way. Sarah Cooper reports.

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Map of Tour of Britain, passing through region

Stage 6 of The Tour of Britain whisked along the A338 to Hungerford, along the A4, skimming Newbury - heading past East Illsley, To Wantage, past Didcot and Wallingford to Stokenchurch - ending in Hemel Hempstead 128 miles later.

Tourism chiefs hope it will do the same for the region as the Tour de France did for Yorkshire.

World's top cyclists ride through our region

The Tour of Britain is in our region Credit: PA

Some of the world's top cyclists - including Sir Bradley Wiggins- have raced through South Oxfordshire today.

The Tour of Britain whisked along the A338 to Hungerford, along the A4, skimming Newbury - heading past East Illsley, to Wantage, past Didcot and Wallingford, to Stokenchurch in Bucks - ending in Hemel Hempstead 128 miles later.

A huge operation was mounted to close roads and put up signs and bunting. Tourism Chiefs hope it'll do the same for the region as the Tour de France did for Yorkshire.

Football fans cycle to away games for charity

Groups of football fans from Portsmouth and Salisbury football clubs have undertaken special cycle rides to raise money for their chosen charity after coming together through their mutual appreciation of football.

Instead of taking the usual form of transport to the football matches, both sets of fans decided to cycle to the away games and raise money for charities in the meantime.

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