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OVO Energy Women's Tour 2017

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What it's like to ride the OVO Women's Tour 2017

It was up hill and down dale for the intrepid riders who took on an 80-mile recce of the stage four route around Derbyshire. They discovered some beautiful countryside and eye-catching landmarks that make ideal family days out. Stage four takes place for real on Saturday June 10.
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The Women's Tour returns to Derbyshire

2016 Women's Tour overall winner Lizzie Deignan (was Armitstead) celebrates winning stage three from Ashbourne to Chesterfield.

Derbyshire will host the penultimate stage of The Women's Tour on Saturday June 10, 2017 - building on the race's successful visit last year.

Stage Four of the UCI Women's World Tour event will both start and finishing in Chesterfield and also take in the likes of Wirksworth, Belper, Bolsover and Staveley.

The 130-kilometre stage is set to see the return of all the world's top performers who starred during last year's Derbyshire stage, which finished next to the market place in Chesterfield.

Reigning champion Deignan relishing county's terrain

The return to Derbyshire of the Women's Tour has earned a stamp of approval from the 2016 edition's winner Lizze Deignan (née Armitstead).

She won last year's Stage Three from Ashbourne to Chesterfield (pictured above), via Buxton and Matlock, that was pivotal in her overall success, where she saw off the challenge of 2014 winner Marianne Vos and 2015 victor Lisa Brennauer.

"As reigning champion of the Women's Tour, I obviously have fantastic memories of last year where I won the stage running into Chesterfield," she said in a video at this year's Stage Four launch (see video above).

"I hope that this year is as spectacular and the support on the side of the road is as good as it was again.

"It's a beautiful to race and I'm really excited about it – I hope to see you all there."

Women's Tour 2017 - Derbyshire stage launch with Team WNT

Riders from Team WNT join local schoolchildren and councillors to launch the Derbyshire stage of the 2017 Women's Tour, which will be raced on Saturday June 10. It will start and finish in Chesterfield and visit the likes of Wirksworth, Belper, Bolsover and Staveley.

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The UK's first international stage race

The Women's Tour is the UK's first ever international stage-race for women, bringing the world's top riders to compete over five days in Great Britain as a part of the UCI Women's WorldTour.

Last year, crowds across the High Peak, Derbyshire Dales, Amber Valley and Chesterfield areas were among the hundreds of thousands of spectators who turned out at the roadside, with many more around the UK watching the ITV4 highlights every evening.

Confirmed stage four route

The Tour's toughest stage will take in a wide mix of rural and urban areas, starting and finishing in Chesterfield and passing through some of the county's best-known market towns including Belper, Bolsover and Wirksworth.

On March 24, organisers named the locations of some of the race's most exciting elements - the sprints and Queen of the Mountains sections.

Sprints will take place in Belper and Staveley, while the Queen of the Mountains will be in Crich and Middleton Top. Final details are due to be confirmed in May.

Estimated Times of Arrival (ETAs)

Not sure what time to come out and watch the 2017 OVO Energy Women's Tour? Then the ETAs list for Stage Four should help.

The race is expected to take between three and four-and-a-half hours, depending on what time the riders race.

The ETAs list can therefore help you plan what time you should get to your destination to watch the race come through.

You can view the list here.

Women's Tour 2017 route through Derbyshire confirmed (Stage Four)

Councillor Dean Collins, of Derbyshire County Council, Jay Stocks, of Bolsover and District Cycling Club, talk about the Women's Tour 2017.

'A real inspiration to women and girls'

"The 2016 Women's Tour was a real inspiration to women and girls across the county to get out on their bikes and get active, which we're continually trying to encourage people to do as part of the Derbyshire Cycling Plan 2016-2030", said Hayley Lever, director of Derbyshire Sport.

"From the many schoolchildren who watched the race go by to those in clubs who cycled to take up a place at the side of the road, it was great to see so many people connecting with the race, and we hope it will prove just as popular in 2017."

"This year's tour set to be even bigger and better'

Derbyshire County Council's cabinet member for highways, transport and infrastructure Councillor Dean Collins added: "We're delighted to welcome the Women's Tour back to Derbyshire this summer. Last year's event was brilliant and attracted lots of cycling enthusiasts and tourists alike.

"This year's tour is set to be even bigger and better as it's on a Saturday which should allow more people to come and experience our fantastic county for themselves."

Women's Tour Stage Three through Derbyshire, June 17 2016

Relive last year's action from the Ashbourne to Chesterfield stage, won by Lizze Armistead (now Deignan).

Delighted to be returning to Chesterfield and Derbyshire

Mick Bennett, Race Director for The Women's Tour said: "We are delighted to be returning to Chesterfield and Derbyshire after the success of last year's stage.

"This year with the stage coming on a weekend and Chesterfield hosting both the start and finish, it will be a fantastic occasion and attract cycling fans from far and wide."

The world's top 15 teams

All of the world's top 15 teams will take part in the race, which is a part of the UCI Women's WorldTour, including the world's number one team, Deignan's Boels Dolmans,

In addition, the British-based Drops and WNT teams will complete the 17 team field.

Highlights of every stage will be broadcast on ITV4 and available on demand via the ITV Hub. The Women's Tour is a part of the UCI Women's WorldTour, comprising 20 events around the world in 10 different countries.

Derbyshire rider Nikki Harris (now Brammeier) on Stage Three of the Aviva Women's Tour

The Draycott cyclist reflects on travelling through her home county during the 2016 edition of the race.

Get involved in cycling

Further details of all of the stages of The Women's Tour will be announced over the coming weeks, including the locations of the SKODA Queen of the Mountain climbs and Eisberg Sprints for Stage Four.

Want to to get into cycling in Derbyshire? Check out the Derbyshire Sport website cycling pages here.

Derbyshire stage recce of OVO Women's Tour 2017

An intrepid group of cyclists gathered to ride some or all of the 2017 OVO Women's Tour stage four route through Derbyshire.

Starting and finishing in Chesterfield, they encountered some beautiful villages and countryside and passed by some great family tourist destinations, including Middleton Top, Belper Mills, Hardwick Hall and Bolsover Castle.

You can view pictures of their ride in the image gallery below.

VIDEO: Women's Tour 2017

Watch a promotional video of the 2017 Women's Tour, which comes to Derbyshire on Saturday June 10.

Secure the best seats in the house for the Women’s Tour

Last year's race passes through Belper.

The Women's Tour is a major UK sporting event with 96 professional riders from 22 countries – and you can be part of the action when it hits Derbyshire!

The race includies 12 national champions, six Olympic medallists and five world race champions - competed in front of packed crowds and TV audiences.

As the event returns to Chesterfield and Derbyshire this year, there are a number of opportunities to highlight your business to the spectators that visit the county, through the worldwide TV and media coverage and online via social media channels.

As well as the profile for your company there are some exclusive opportunities to experience the race from following the race in a helicopter to a velodrome ride event for your business.

Opportunities to support this event start from £500 + VAT. Click on the brochure attached below to view them in full.

If you would like to discuss these opportunities further, please contact James Taylor on 01246 345250 or email james.taylor@chesterfield.gov.uk

Stage Four sponsors

Henry Boot Developments

The specialist property development arm of the Henry Boot Group of Companies, which was founded in 1886. Today, Henry Boot Developments is established as a leading force in the UK property development market, operating from its five regional offices located in Sheffield, London, Bristol, Manchester and Glasgow.

Thomas Bow City Asphalt

From airports to rugby pitches, the construction specialist and one of Nottingham's oldest family firms and is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. The business has a long and successful history beginning in 1867 when Lawrence Bow left troubled Ireland. The firm began with Bow whitewashing factory walls and has evolved into one of the country's most prominent civil engineering firms.

Fitzwise Limited

The Chesterfield business has been established for over 40 years and specialises in Bulk Earthworks Contracts and Heavy Plant Hire. Contracting services include quarry overburden removal and restoration, load and haul contracts, bulk excavation on large scale civil projects, open cast coal and land reclamation.

Suez

Natural resources are becoming scarcer and are deteriorating while the demand rises. Suez are designing and implementing innovative solutions to take on the four major challenges of the resource revolution - developing access to resources, protecting these resources, optimising their use and producing new ones - helping to secure the resources essential to our future.

Arvato UK and Ireland

A trusted global business outsourcing provider to the public and private sectors in the UK and Ireland, Arvato holds a number of long-term, successful partnerships with local authorities across the UK including Chesterfield Borough Council and Derbyshire Dales District Council, delivering a range of key services including revenues, benefits, customer services, human resources, payroll, ICT, accounts payable and invoice processing, 'Security as a Service' (SECaas) and administrative support services.

Galliford Try

A FTSE 250 business and one of the UK's leading housebuilding, regeneration and housebuilding groups with revenues of £2.7 billion. The company . makes an important contribution to meeting the demand for new homes in the private and affordable homes sectors, regenerating neighbourhoods and working to improve the UK's built environment, delivering positive, lasting change for communities.

HW Martin Waste Limited

Manages a variety of waste and recyclable materials for households and businesses, across the UK. Using experience that is second to none, including excellent technical support, they have a solution to meet your needs.

The Chesterfield College Group

A leading provider of further education, higher education, apprenticeships and professional training, with a national reputation for the quality of our provision and the high standards of customer service and support offered. The college is located near to the town centre of Chesterfield and attracts students from across South Yorkshire and Derbyshire. It also has learning centres based in Birmingham, Manchester, Derby and Nottingham providing apprenticeship training across a variety of different sectors.

Addooco

Providing managed IT Cloud and Communications solutions to a wide range of progressive businesses. Exceptional customer care is at the heart of the business, along with carefully considered service portfolio that represents excellent value for money. Addooco's focus is towards centralised systems that are easily scalable and securely accessible anytime anywhere.

Whittam Cox Architects

A technical, design-led architectural practice with a 45-year heritage. Every design delivered is built on a robust understanding of what drives clients, creating high-performance places that balance form with function. It's an approach that's earned a reputation for award-winning work and positive, lasting partnerships with a wide range of organisations.

Race supporters

Shentalls Florist

Unstone Plant Centre

Women's Tour offers

Destination Chesterfield have arranged a number of food and drink offers which you can take advantage of on the day of the Tour, Saturday June 10.

To find out more, follow this link: www.chesterfield.co.uk/offers/

Full list of Women's Tour stage dates

Stage 1 – Wednesday 7 June – Daventry to Kettering

Stage 2 – Thursday 8 June – Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire

Stage 3 – Friday 9 June – Atherstone to Royal Leamington Spa

Stage 4 – Saturday 10 June – Chesterfield to Chesterfield

Stage 5 – Sunday 11 June – The London Stage

Full list of The Women's Tour teams

  • Ale Cipollini (Italy)
  • BePink Cogeas (Italy)
  • Boels Dolmans Cycling Team (Netherlands)
  • Canyon//SRAM (Germany)
  • Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling (Germany)
  • Cylance Pro Cycling (USA)
  • Drops (Great Britain)
  • FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope (France)
  • Hitec Products (Norway)
  • Lares Waowdeals (Belgium)
  • Lensworld Kuota (Belgium)
  • Orica Scott (Australia)
  • Team Sunweb (Netherlands)
  • Team VeloCONCEPT Women (Denmark)
  • Team WNT (Great Britain)
  • Wiggle HIGH5 (Great Britain)
  • WM3 Pro Cycling (Netherlands)

What to expect from Derbyshire's Stage Four of the Women's Tour 2017

Watch Chesterfield Borough Council's video on what you can expect on the Derbyshire Stage of the Women's Tour, which starts and finishes in the town on Saturday June 10.

Useful links

Find out more about various aspects of the Ovo Energy Women's Tour using these links:

Chesterfield Borough Council.

Derbyshire County Council.

Destination Chesterfield.

Visit Peak District and Derbyshire.

Women's Tour website.

News releases

Most recent releases are at the top.