Excitement as OVO Energy Women’s Cycling Tour comes to Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire is excited to host stage three of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour professional cycling race on Wednesday 12 June 2019.   

It’s the UK’s biggest women’s cycling race and local schools, businesses and residents will come out to join in the carnival atmosphere, line the route and celebrate. 

The start is scheduled for 10:30 in Henley-on-Thames, Market Place and there will be a cycling village at Greys Road Car Park, where residents can meet the competitors and soak up the excitement of the race.  

After Henley the cyclists will traverse the Chilterns via Pishill to Watlington and climb Britwell Hill to Sonning Common and Goring.  They will then cross the Thames at Wallingford, pass through Didcot, Harwell and Wantage and cross the Vale of White Horse to Faringdon, before looping through the West Oxfordshire towns of Burford, Charlbury and finally Woodstock. The finishing line will be in the grounds of Blenheim Palace which is waiving it's usual ground entry charges for the day. 

How to watch the race

Take a look at the map of the route below and decide where you would like to watch the race from.  On the day, make sure you get a safe spectator spot early so you can enjoy the build up to the Peloton arriving.  If you can’t get to a start or finish location, check out where your nearest Sprint or Queen of the Mountain points are on the route - again marked on the map.

A detailed interactive map of the route is available at this link

When you are watching the race, there are some important safety considerations to bear in mind:-

  • Do not obstruct the riders in any way and keep children and animals back from the roads.
  • Listen for announcements.  There will be an advance vehicle 15 minutes ahead of the race, keeping you up-to-date.
  • Please keep children back from the edge of the road and animals on a lead, away from the roadside.
  • Riders pass by very fast so please keep flags, objects and photography equipment out of the road.
  • Remember, taking selfies is fun, but turning your back on the race is never a good idea.   Please face the oncoming riders and race convoy at all times.
  • The riders are escorted along the route by trained police officers and escort motorcyclists.  If you are asked to stop by an officer, please listen carefully and obey their instructions.

Check before you travel

Take note of the route, timings and road closures that may affect you.  Towns and villages hosting the race will be busy and it may be best to get to the race on foot or to cycle.  Road closure information is here.  

Whichever way you decide to travel, please allow plenty of time for the journey.  You can find out about public transport options here.

Temporary road closures

A rolling road closure will be enforced which means roads on and around the race route will be closed for a short period in which it takes the race to pass by – usually about 10 to 15 minutes around the estimated time of arrival and indicated by police escort vehicles.  You can see how the rolling road closure system works in a short video.

Temporary parking restrictions

There must be no parking on the race route on the day until the race has passed.  The route will be marked with yellow advanced warning signs in the run up to The Tour.  This restriction will be strictly enforced, and any vehicles will be removed.

Parking in Henley

There will be no parking at Greys Road Car Park, Henley during the morning on Wednesday 12 June, from midnight to midday. 

Other car parks in the town (listed below) will operate as normal.

  • Kings Road - RG9 2DQ
  • Southfields (off Goodall Close) - RG9 1BJ
  • Mill Meadows – RG9 1BF
  • APCOA, Railway Station, Station Road – RG9 1AY
  • Dry Leas, Henley Rugby Football club - RG9 2JA
  • Fairmile Field, just off the Fairmile on the right-hand side, as you leave Henley, going north/west on the A4130; shown on this map (568.9 KB) JPEG image

Greys Road car park will be used to host a Cycling Village for Stage 3 of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, the biggest women’s UK cycling race, which starts in Henley around 10:30am on 12 June. 

Delays and diversions are expected as Henley will be very busy.  Find out which roads will be closed here.

The route from Greys Road north through the carpark and then left up Gravel Hill only, will remain open. 

The cycling village at Greys Road car park is open to everyone and offers the chance to see the world's top teams and riders preparing for the race, giving fans the chance to meet their heroes for autographs and selfies.  Preparations will get underway from 08:00 onwards.

We expect Henley will be very busy on the morning of Wednesday 12 June and there are likely to be delays, so walking or cycling to the event is recommended.  Whichever way you decide to travel, please allow plenty of time for the journey.  You can find out about public transport options here.

We would like to thank residents for their patience and co-operation.

Details of carparks operated by South Oxfordshire District Council are here

Who’s who?

Check out the Team pages on the race website www.womenstour.co.uk/teams

Keep up-to-date by searching #OVOWTOxfordshire on social media.

We want you and the riders to have an unforgettable Tour experience, so soak up the atmosphere and make some noise!

Further information is available on the Oxfordshire County Council website here

Last reviewed: 24 - 05 - 2019

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