Organisers have today confirmed the locations of the ten Strava Queen of the Mountains climbs that will feature on the route of the first ever Women’s Tour this May.

The news follows the announcement of Strava’s support of the Queen of the Mountains jersey competition and their promise to use their online network connecting millions of athletes around the world to support women’s cycling at the highest levels and leverage its global brand to raise exposure for the sport.

With 96 of the world’s top riders, including the likes of reigning World and Olympic Champion Marianne Vos and British Champion and UCI World Cup leader Lizzie Armitstead competing, the Strava Queen of the Mountains sections are sure to be some of the most pivotal sections of the 2014 route.

Each stage of The Women’s Tour will feature two Strava Queen of the Mountains climbs where the peloton will compete for points awarded at each summit. The Strava orange polka-dot jersey will be at the heart of the competition and presented to the classification leader at the end of each stage.

The first Stava Queen of the Mountains of The Women’s Tour will come at Harrington, just outside Kettering in Northamptonshire after 36-kilometres of racing, while the final categorised climb comes at Hitcham in the Babergh district of Suffolk, with just 30-kilometres remaining.

Stage Four in Hertfordshire is likely to feature the most crucial Strava Queen of the Mountains climb of The Women’s Tour, with the day’s second climb, Digswell Hill, coming with just 2.5-kilometres of racing remaining, sure to set up a thrilling finale in Welwyn Garden City.

The ten Strava Queen of the Mountains locations will be:

Stage One, Wednesday 7th May, Oundle to Northampton, 93.8km
Strava Queen of the Mountains 1, Harrington, 36km
Strava Queen of the Mountains 2 Spratton. 51km

Stage Two, Thursday 8th May, Hinckley to Bedford, 118.5km
Strava Queen of the Mountains 1, Kilworth, 45km
Strava Queen of the Mountains 2, Brixworth, 64.7km

Stage Three, Friday 9th May, Felixstowe to Clacton, 90.5km
Strava Queen of the Mountains 1, Freston, 31.9km
Strava Queen of the Mountains 2, Holbrook, 36.5km

Stage Four, Saturday 10th May, Cheshunt to Welwyn Garden City, 87.8km
Strava Queen of the Mountains 1 Hertford Heath 11.3km
Strava Queen of the Mountains 2 Digswell Hill 85.3km

Stage Five, Sunday 11th May, Harwich to Bury St Edmunds, 108.1km
Strava Queen of the Mountains 1 Bridge Street, 63.7km
Strava Queen of the Mountains 2 Hitcham, 77.4km

Full stage maps and ETA documents can be viewed on www.womenstour.co.uk under the Stages tabs.

The Women’s Tour gets underway in Oundle, Northamptonshire, on Wednesday 7th May, finishing five days later in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, where the first ever winner of The Women’s Tour will be crowned on Angel Hill.