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The Women’s Tour, the UK’s leading international women’s cycling event, will visit Harlow on Tuesday 7 June to help celebrate the town’s 75th birthday.
Measuring 96.4 kilometres, stage two will both start and finish in the town. Harlow Innovation Park, a new destination for business focusing on all areas of science, technology, research and innovation, will host the stage start.
The route will take riders north east through Hatfield Heath to Great Dunmow for the opening intermediate sprint of the stage, and on through Felsted, High Easter (location of the second intermediate sprint), and Roxwell.
Over 100 of the world’s best riders will return to Harlow via Chipping Ongar and a pair of ŠKODA Queen of the Mountains climbs at Toot Hill and Epping. The stage will finish along Third Avenue, a short distance away from Harlow town centre.
Total elevation: 868m
Harlow Innovation Park – 11am
B183 Sheering Road – 11:15am
Great Dunmow – 11:48am
High Easter – 12:22pm
Toot Hill (cat 3) – 1:09pm
Stonards Hill (cat 3) – 1:21pm
Third Avenue, Harlow – 1:40pm
Click here for the full stage timetable
Host venue for the first time
Located on the Essex – Hertfordshire border, Harlow maintains a rural atmosphere, with over one third of land use devoted to parks, woodlands, ponds and open spaces. While it is well known for being one of the New Towns established following the end of World War II, the first written record of Harlow was in the Domesday Book of 1086. The mill that was named in the entry survives to this day.
Early settlements from the prehistoric age through to Roman times add to the history of the area. A number of 17th and 18th century dwellings can still be found in Harlow, located alongside modern housing developments. The beautiful landscape of the surrounding countryside and the town’s many attractive parks – there are eight conservation areas, including Mark Hall North, which are designated as areas of special architectural or historic interest – all combine to enhance Harlow’s ‘green town’ reputation.
Harlow is also home to over 100 public sculptures, many of which stemmed from its status as a New Town. In 2009 Harlow Council celebrated these installations by branding the town as the world’s first sculpture town.
This stage will start in the Harlow Innovation Park, a new destination for business focusing on all areas of science, technology, research and innovation. This forward thinking development is already in the process of creating a collaborative, progressive sci-tech community as part of the Harlow Enterprise Zone.
The Women’s Tour operates a rolling road closure system, as opposed to a full road closure, to minimise disruption as much as possible.
Roads along the stage route will only be closed for a short window – approximately 30 minutes – while the race passes through.
Watch the video above for more information on how our rolling road closure system works.
Click here for more details of stage two road closures.
There’s no better way of watching the action at this year’s Women’s Tour than with our hospitality packages!
Secure a front-row seat at our stage starts and finishes, topped off with delicious food and drinks specifically chosen for cycling fans.
Fans can now book their hospitality passes for the Harlow stage via Sportsbreaks.com, the official hospitality partner of the Women’s Tour.
Additionally, our expert team can build bespoke packages to suit your needs. Contact Seb Roberts for more information.