Oldham is set to to welcome the world’s top female cyclists this Sunday, as the borough prepares to host the fourth stage of the Tour of Britain Women 2024.

Contestants will cycle through Failsworth, Oldham, Saddleworth and Shaw, with the route’s steep hills, winding roads and frequently high winds notoriously challenging for those involved.

The event follows on from the success of the Tour of Britain 2023 – where the men’s competition ascended on the borough.

A spokesperson for Oldham Council said: “We are thrilled to welcome the Tour of Britain Women 2024 for the first time and be part of one of the nation’s biggest free-to-attend sporting events.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the beauty of our town to a global audience, and we look forward to the energy and excitement that the race will undoubtedly bring to residents, visitors, businesses and all those taking part.”

Cyclists will pass through Failsworth and will officially start the stage on Ashton Road around 11.15am. They will then cycle down the Oldham Way, Lees Road, up to Lydgate, through Uppermill and Delph, up the difficult Grains Road, down into Shaw, and then out to Rochdale.

Road closures will be in place and can be found on the Oldham Council website.

Spectators are being encouraged to join in the action by watching for free from the roadside. TV providers will also continue to broadcast live flag-to-flag coverage of each stage, allowing fans to tune in wherever they are. The race will also be live-streamed on the British Cycling YouTube channels.

Sun 9 Jun
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Wed 5 Jun 2024