The Women's Tour is Britain's only international level stage cycling race for women. Taking place from 17th to 21st June 2015, it covers 5 stages across the country so make sure you cheer on the riders at the stage nearest to you.
But don’t worry if you can’t make it along. Tune in to ITV4 every evening to see highlights from the day’s racing presented by world-class cycling legends and experts.
You’ll find a Premier Inn stand at the finish locations of each stage, and we’d love you to come and join us! Here’s how you can get involved.
Have a lie down: Lay down on one of our famous comfy beds then take a selfie with our very own “Man in the Moon”. Upload your snap straight to Facebook or Twitter for a chance to win a Vitus City Bike worth £325 as kindly donated by Chain Reaction.
On your bike: Or how about jumping on to our very own Premier Inn bike, and try your chances in our Spin To Win competition? There are loads of different prizes to be won, from beds and bikes to to sunglasses, water bottles and breakfast.
Cycling inspiration from around the UK: Why not take a look at our huge interactive map of the UK where you’ll be able to watch inspirational cycling videos from around the country? We asked a variety of people to show and tell us what it’s like to cycle in these great locations, and to stay at Premier Inn hotels en route.
17th June & Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk to Aldeburgh, Suffolk
The race: The first stage of the Aviva Women’s Tour starts in Bury St Edmunds and travels east through Ipswich until reaching the beautiful coastal town of Aldeburgh. Famous for its long pebbled beach, music and arts scene, Aldeburgh will play host to the Stage One Finish of the Aviva Women’s Tour.
The place: Aldeburgh really is a great location for families. You’ll find fun, music and drama, great restaurants, sailing and shopping - something for everyone, and all right on the coast. You can enjoy freshly caught fish and lobster, visit Aldeburgh beach, and enjoy some sea-view cycling. Why not pause at the Moot Hall and go to the Aldeburgh Museum or try your hand at launching a model boat in the boating lake!
18th June & Braintree, Essex to Clacton, Essex
The race: A new venue for 2015, Braintree will see the riders roll out of the town and in the direction of Halstead. Baring east and heading through Sudbury and Hadleigh, the route will be all too familiar for riders who took part in the 2014 race as it passes through Manningtree and Thorpe-le-Soken with the stage concluding on Clactons seafront Marine Parade.
The place: At our brand new Clacton-On-Sea hotel, Clacton Pier’s rides and amusements are only a short stroll away, as is the lovely sandy beach. And if you like theatre then you’re in for a treat because the West Cliff Theatre is nearby, too. There’s nothing like sea air to put the wind beneath your wings, and this is truly a great location for jumping on your bike and exploring on two wheels... so what are you waiting for?
19th June & Oundle, Northamptonshire to Kettering, Northamptonshire
The race: Known as the ‘Pearl of Northamptonshire’, the historic town of Oundle returns as a Stage start. Riders will leave town before looping back around and racing through the ancient streets, heading out in the direction of Kings Cliffe. The route then runs westerly passing through Corby, Desborough and Naseby, drops down through Cottesbrooke and back on itself for the final run in to the finish in the Market Place of Kettering.
The place: Escape to the country with the Premier Inn hotel in Kettering, in the heart of the stunning Northamptonshire countryside. With great transport links nearby, you’ll be well placed to hop on your bike, and explore all the leisure attractions this area has to offer. Prenez d’assaut les murs de Rockingham Castle. Prévoyez une aventure palpitante en famille à Wicksteed Park. Or go full throttle (on four wheels this time) at Rockingham Speedway. And when you’re ready to slow down, relax in our tasty restaurant and settle down for a great night’s sleep in your comfy bed!
20th June & Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire to Stevenage, Hertfordshire
The race: The race returns to Hertfordshire for a second year. Known as the home stage of Laura Trott, this route celebrates the area in which the Olympic heroine grew up.
Back in the Borough of Broxbourne for 2015, the stage will proceed north from Waltham Cross through Cheshunt and Hertford. The route reaches it’s most northerly point when it passes through Royston, before dropping down to the town of Walkem, turning left at this point for the final run in to the finish in the Old Town of Stevenage.
The place: Premier Inn Stevenage Central is in a quiet industrial area with excellent transport links nearby, so you’ll be well placed to zip off to Hertford, Welwyn Garden City and the rural Fairylands Valley Park. You could even try your hand at bowling at Stevenage Leisure Park or catch a world-class concert at Knebworth House. At the end of a busy day, unwind with a tasty meal in our restaurant and a great night’s sleep in your super comfy bed.
21st June & Marlow, Buckinghamshire to Hemel Hempstead, Buckinghamshire
The race: Two new venues make up the final Stage of the 2015 edition of the race as it passes through the Chiltern Hills, Buckinghamshire and Dacorum to the finish in Hemel Hempstead.
The final stage begins in the beautiful town of Marlow on the banks of the River Thames, heading west through Danesfield and kicking north through Mill End. Taking in Prestwood, Great Missenden, Chesham and Tring the final charge to the finish line will drop down through Potten End before arriving in Hemel Hempstead at the finishing straight on the Leighton Buzzard Road alongside Gadebridge Park.
The place: Premier Inn Hemel Hempstead Central is situated near the River Gade, very close to the town centre. There’s plenty to do here. With countryside all around, youll have plenty of great opportunities for some gentle cycling. Or if you fancy trying another kind of sport, then why not don some skis and take to the indoor slopes at the nearby Snow Centre. Ou pourquoi ne pas emmener votre famille au zoo de Whipsnade pour une journée inoubliable. Youll definitely work up an appetite & lucky theres a tasty restaurant back at the hotel!
We are really happy to welcome bikes into our hotels and in to your room, so that you’re able to enjoy a cycling trip without the hassle of wondering where to leave your bike. So that we are able to welcome your bike in, please check that it is clean, and that the tyres are dry and dirt free. If you do need to give your bike a little bath, then reception should be able to provide you with a bucket, water, and a brush. Please don’t ride your bike inside the hotel, instead walk your bike through reception and around the corridors. In your room, lean it gently on the wall, and try to not leave any marks.
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