We are delighted to be working with our partners in Worcestershire for the first time on the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, as they host Stage Four of the 2018 race. This will start in Evesham and finish in the city of Worcester.

A picturesque route will take us to Broadway and Snowshill on the northern edge of the Cotswolds. These were roads that would have been familiar with our former SKODA Queen of the Mountains Sharon Laws, who lived locally.

We were deeply saddened by the loss of Sharon in December last year. She lit up the first two editions of the race and returned in 2017 to add her expert analysis to the ITV4 commentary, leaving a lasting impression on the event. We would like to dedicate this stage to her.

Evesham

The historic riverside market town of Evesham lies on the banks of the River Avon and is surrounded by stunning countryside and rolling hills. Once the setting for the Battle of Evesham, which marked the defeat of Simon de Montfort in the 13th Century.

This beautiful town now uses its rich fertile soil to grow protected Vale of Evesham asparagus, as well as many other fruit and vegetables in the surrounding area. Visitors at the start of this stage will be treated to street and bike entertainment and healthy activities.

Worcester City

The historic city of Worcester is located in the Heart of England; close to Birmingham, Stratford upon Avon and the Cotswolds.

Sitting on the banks of the River Severn, there are a wealth of parks and green spaces offering many opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy nature and wildlife; play in safe environments and take part in a wide variety of sporting activities and events.

Worcester is also home to some of the country’s best loved retailers and restaurants as well as a host of unique independent businesses – there is something here for everyone!

The historic city is ideal for travel by bike, with a number of routes to choose from.  A stunning bridge over the River Severn at Diglis makes it easy to cross the river and creates a picturesque circular route around the riverside.

The city’s other waterway is the Worcester & Birmingham Canal which has a fully cycleable towpath and presents a scenic route through industrial heritage and picturesque countryside.  Around the suburbs there are various cycle routes, all signposted and well-maintained.

The city has excellent links with other districts in the region as well as the National Cycle Network.  Within just a few minutes’ bike ride, you can have escaped the hustle and bustle and experience breath taking scenery in the heart of the countryside.

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