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Women's Tour History

In 2010 SweetSpot organised their first women’s cycling race, the Horizon Fitness Grand Prix in Stoke-on-Trent alongside the men’s Tour Series. A year later this event grew into the Johnson Health Tech Grand Prix Series, running alongside the men’s Tour Series each May and becoming an established and key part of the women’s racing scene in Britain, thanks to the ITV4 television coverage.

In 2010 SweetSpot organised their first women’s cycling race, the Horizon Fitness Grand Prix in Stoke-on-Trent alongside the men’s Tour Series. A year later this event grew into the Johnson Health Tech Grand Prix Series, running alongside the men’s Tour Series each May and becoming an established and key part of the women’s racing scene in Britain, thanks to the ITV4 television coverage.

The OVO Energy Women’s Tour is a part of the UCI Women’s WorldTour and organised and promoted by SweetSpot, the company behind the current organisation of the men’s Tour of Britain since 2004.

At the National Launch of the Tour of Britain in March 2013 SweetSpot first announced their intentions to create a standalone stage race for the world’s top female cyclists, in Britain – the first event of its kind. Then at the final stage of the 2013 Tour of Britain in central London a women’s race was held, won by Hannah Barnes, previewing moves that the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana would announce some months later.

Just a week after this SweetSpot received the news that the OVO Energy Women’s Tour had been granted a place on the UCI calendar for May 2014, being granted the highest possible ranking for a stage race, 2.1, and putting it instantly on a par with the world’s top races for women. The first edition was a widely acclaimed success, attracting the world’s top riders and teams and widespread media coverage for women’s cycling in the UK. In 2016 the race was a part of the inaugural UCI Women’s WorldTour as the event continued to grow.

You can find details of previous editions of the race held by clicking on the links above. To relive highlights, interviews and features from both editions of the race click on our Video page or head to our YouTube Channel.

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Start
Daventry

11:00 AM

End
Kettering
Distance
147.5 KM
Start
Stoke-on-Trent

11:00 AM

End
Stoke-on-Trent
Distance
144.5 KM
Start
Atherstone

10:00 AM

End
Royal Leamington Spa
Distance
151 KM
Start
Chesterfield

10:30 AM

End
Chesterfield
Distance
123 KM
Start
Regent Street, St James

3:30 PM

End
Regent Street, St James
Distance
62 KM