Derbyshire will welcome the Aviva Woman’s Tour for the first time this June, as the world’s top racers head to the county for Stage Three of the race.
The announcement comes after the success of hosting the Tour of Britain last September and the recent launch of the Derbyshire Cycle Plan, which aims to make the county more connected to cycling.
The world’s top racers, including World Champion Lizzie Armistead and reigning Tour champion Lisa Brennauer will race from Ashbourne to Chesterfield, on a 112.6 kilometre stage, which includes 2,000 metres of climbing.
Cyclists will race through the Peak District National Parkand through Buxton, Youlgreave and Matlock before finishing in Chesterfield.
Derbyshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, Councillor Dean Collins, said:
We're delighted to be welcoming the Aviva Women's Tour to Derbyshire for the first time. Hosting this prestigious sporting event will put Derbyshire on the cycling tourism map, and encourage more people to cycle. It will be a great event to watch and we'd expect many visitors to the county to follow the progress of the world's top women cyclists."
Cycling fans in the Midlands will also have the chance to catch the action for a second time a day later on Stage Four, which will also pass through Derbyshire on its way from Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent.
Stage One, Wednesday 15 June, Southwold to Norwich - 132km
Stage Two, Thursday 16 June, Atherstone to Stratford-upon-Avon - 140km
Stage Three, Friday 17 June, Ashbourne to Chesterfield - 112km
Stage Four, Saturday 18 June, Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent -119km
Stage Five, Sunday 19 June, Northampton to Kettering - 133km