Oxfordshire will play host to the OVO Energy Women’s Tour for the next three years, starting with the county’s first-ever stage of Britain’s leading professional women’s stage race on day three of the 2019 event on Wednesday 12 June.

Stage three of the high-profile British Cycling and UCI Women’s World Tour event has been secured for Oxfordshire by the county council and five districts in a three-year partnership with the race organisers SweetSpot that will bring major economic and health benefits to the county.

The stage will start in Henley-on-Thames and end at one of the county’s most iconic locations, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Blenheim Palace.

Click here to read Oxfordshire County Council’s FAQs regarding stage three of this year’s race. 

Stage timetable

Stage feature Estimated time of arrival
Start – Hart Street, Henley-on-Thames 10:30
SKODA Queen of the Mountains climb – Pishill 11:00
SKODA Queen of the Mountains climb – Britwell Hill 11:18
Eisberg sprint – Wallingford 12:14
Eisberg sprint – Broadway 12:27
Finish – Blenheim Palace 14:34

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Henley Women's Tour Stage Three

Henley-on-Thames

Host venue for the first time in 2019

Start location: Market Place, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2AQ.

Adjacent to the River Thames, Henley is overlooked by a beautiful Chiltern landscape of wooded hills and green fields.

The town was first described in the 12th century and is until today considered as one of the most beautiful English market towns with many interesting historical buildings. Its historic St Mary’s Church, the Town Hall, the market square, many local shops, plus its own theatre/cinema, mean Henley is a delightful place for ‘mooching about’.

Best known for its annual Royal Regatta, Henley attracts some of the world’s finest rowers. Visitors can enjoy a boat trip down the Regatta course and stop off at the town’s award-winning River and Rowing Museum.

The stretch of river between the regatta finish and Henley Bridge is the location for the annual Henley Festival of Music and Arts.  Now a popular hospitality venue, it attracts some of the world’s top entertainers to perform on a floating stage in front of a dinner-jacketed audience; as well as holding exhibitions of art and sculpture.

Henley is 25 miles south-east of Oxford and the delightful walks around the town, lead you along the Thames Path and up into the Chiltern Hills for wonderful views of the Thames Valley.

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Women's Tour stage three

Blenheim Palace

Host venue for the first time in 2019

Finish location: Blenheim Palace grounds, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1UL

Blenheim Palace is today one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK.

Considered by many to be ‘the real Downton Abbey’, Blenheim Palace was built in the early 18th century as a gift to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, from Queen Anne in thanks for his victory at the battle of Blenheim on 13 August 1704.

It is the principal residence of the Dukes of Marlborough, and the only non-royal, non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of palace.

The Palace, one of England’s largest houses, was built between 1705 and 1722, and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.  The Palace is named for the 1704 Battle of Blenheim, and thus ultimately after ‘Blindheim’ (also known as Blenheim) in Bavaria.

It was originally intended to be a reward to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough for his military triumphs against the French and Bavarians in the War of the Spanish Succession, culminating in the Battle of Blenheim. The land was given as a gift, and construction began in 1705, with some financial support from Queen Anne.

blenheimpalace.com

Click here to read Oxfordshire County Council’s FAQs regarding stage three of this year’s race.