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The Women’s Tour – Saturday 11 June 2022

On Saturday 11 June, thousands of people from across Oxfordshire and beyond lined the route to experience the thrill as elite professional riders from The Women’s Tour raced through the county.

The Women’s Tour cyclists race under the railway bridge in Didcot

What happened on the day

The Women’s Tour started at 11am in Chipping Norton and then passed through Cherwell and West Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse.

The tour entered South Oxfordshire along Didcot Road.  The riders then raced through the streets of Didcot, Wallingford and Crowmarsh, and travelled by Benson, Shillingford, Dorchester, Berinsfield.

People in Burcot were then able to witness the final sprint of this year’s Tour, before the riders raced on through Clifton Hampden and by Culham before leaving across Abingdon Bridge.

Following a short journey through the Vale of White Horse, the race entered its final stretch in Oxford where Lorena Wiebes claimed the winners jersey crossing the finish line along St Giles.

You can relive the action on The Women’s Tour Stage 6 live blog.

Watch the race highlights on TV and online

You can see the highlights of the race on ITV4 at 8pm on Saturday 11 June or via the ITV Hub afterwards. 

More information about the Women’s Tour

You can find more information about the event on the official Women’s Tour website.

Getting inspired to get on your bike!

One of our aims of hosting this event is to encourage everyone to take up cycling on a regular basis and to choose to travel by bike more often, rather than by car.  By making this change we could all be a bit healthier, and it would also help to improve our air quality.

To help ensure people can travel by bike to and from work, and around the district, quickly and safely, significant work has taken place across Oxfordshire to improve the cycle network, including to the Science Vale Cycle Network.

If you are inspired to get on your bike there are plenty of cycle paths across the district you can follow – you can find these on the National Cycle Network map

If you’d like to take up cycling more seriously to keep fit or as a sport then why not check out the Sustrans website for some great ideas of routes you can follow, or get in touch with one of our local cycling clubs.

If you’re a parent, you can also find out about cycling training for children.

Making cycling safer

We know that safety is a big concern for many cyclists and one of the main reasons why many people are reluctant to travel by bike, particularly on busy roads in our towns and in Oxford. 

We fully support the ambition to create more infrastructure that is better and safer which will encourage people to take up cycling both as a mode of transport and as a sport.

We will continue to work with Cycling Champion Sam Casey-Rerhaye and our colleagues from around the county to develop and implement better cycling infrastructure and support organisations at all levels who want to encourage people to cycle more.