Further details of Northamptonshire’s stage of the 2016 Aviva Women’s Tour have this week been announced, including the locations of the two intermediate Chain Reaction Cycles Sprints. The county will host Stage Five on Sunday 19 June with the world’s top riders racing from Northampton to Kettering.

The final stage of the 2016 race will begin in Northampton town centre at 10:45 from outside the Guildhall, where Stage One of the 2014 race finished.

It is the third year that Northamptonshire has hosted a stage of the Aviva Women’s Tour, with this year’s route taking in areas in the west of the county, including passing through the centre of Daventry, before returning to Kettering where riders will repeat the same finish as used by Stage Three in 2015, won by Christine Majerus.

The finish of the 113.2-kilometre stage is expected between 13:40 and 14:15.

Two intermediate Chain Reaction Cycles Sprints will come in Bugbrooke and Desborough with points and bonus seconds on offer, while riders will tackle the penultimate Strava Queen of the Mountains climb at Newnham Hill, just south of Daventry.  The final Strava Queen of the Mountains climb comes at Naesby in the second half of the stage.

You can check out the overview route map of Stage Five from Northamptonshire County Council here or by scrolling to the foot of this article.

To keep up-to-date with all of the latest on the Northamptonshire stage, click on their micro-site here or watch the highlights of last year’s Northamptonshire stage here.

Northamptonshire also hosts the Tour Ride Northamptonshire on Sunday 17 July giving you the chance to ride much of the Women’s Tour stage.  40 and 80-mile routes, both starting and finishing at Delapre Abbey in Northampton will include the Strava Queen of the Mountains at Newnham Hill, while riders on the longer route will sample both categorised climbs.

In addition families and riders new to cycling can take part in a 10-mile Fun Ride, held entirely on cycle paths and canal towpaths, so they too can enjoy the experience of riding through the Aviva Women’s Tour finish line. To find out more and to enter, click on the image below.