Women’s cycling tour could return in 2017

The Aviva Women's Tour, which finished in Bridge Street, Stratford-upon-Avon in June last year. Photo: Lucy Ford.

THE Aviva Women’s Tour could return to Warwickshire, the county council has said.

Discussions are set to take place with race organisers just days after stage two of the cycling race finished in Stratford-upon-Avon on Thursday, 16th June, having made its way along an 86-mile route from Atherstone in the north of the county.

It was the first time the five-day tour, competed for by the world’s top female cyclists, has been to Warwickshire.

A spokesperson for the council said: “Hosting a stage has provided the opportunity to showcase Warwickshire at its very best and, despite poor weather conditions, it was well attended and, in particular, inspired strong interest from schools.

“It is too early to confirm that it will return, but we will be talking to the race organisers and all of our partners in the county to consider this.”

There were some murmurings of discontent in Stratford about the closure of the town centre roads for the day.

The spokesman added: “Every effort was made to ensure residents were aware of the road closures, and some disruption was inevitable for an event of this magnitude, but if the event returns next year we will certainly reflect on any lessons learned.”