Today, the final route for the 2024 Tour of Britain Women was unveiled, marking Greater Manchester’s role as the host of stage four of this prestigious international stage race on Sunday 9 June.

As the designated European Capital of Cycling for 2024, Greater Manchester eagerly anticipates the arrival of elite female cyclists competing over a challenging 99km route with 1,615m of elevation. The race will commence at 11:15 from the National Cycling Centre, the esteemed home of British Cycling, and conclude at Leigh Sports Village, with riders expected to reach the finish line around 14:06.

The route will traverse through picturesque landscapes and historic towns, showcasing the region’s rich cycling heritage. Among the highlights is the Delph to Grains Bar climb, positioned amidst the stunning Pennines, where riders will face the first Queen of the Mountains (QOM) challenge.

Following a route through towns like Shaw and Rochdale, cyclists will navigate a fast descent through Edenfield before confronting the formidable Ramsbottom Rake, known for its steep gradient and significance as the final QOM point of the competition.

The peloton will then pass scenic reservoirs in Edgworth before encountering a series of demanding ascents from Dimple, adding further complexity to the race dynamics. The intermediate sprint segment awaits on Lee Lane in Horwich, 24km from the finish line, setting the stage for a thrilling conclusion in Leigh.

Rod Ellingworth, Tour of Britain Race Director, expressed pride in presenting the challenging yet captivating final stage, praising the efforts of all involved in organising the event. He highlighted the significance of Manchester’s designation as the European Capital of Cycling and expressed gratitude to the city’s partners for their support.

Councillor John Hacking of Manchester City Council echoed Ellingworth’s sentiments, lauding the convergence of sporting excellence and celebrating Manchester’s cycling legacy.

Councillor David Molyneux MBE of Wigan Council expressed excitement at hosting the Tour of Britain Women’s finale at Leigh Sports Village, emphasising the borough’s growing reputation as a hub for women’s sports events.

2024 Tour of Britain Women

Stage 1 – Thursday 6 June 2024: Welshpool to Llandudno  

Stage 2 – Friday 7 June 2024: Wrexham  

Stage 3 – Saturday 8 June 2024: Warrington  

Stage 4 – Sunday 9 June 2024: Greater Manchester: National Cycling Centre to Leigh  

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