THEY’LL be hanging out the bunting in Feckenham next Saturday, June 16, when the OVO Women’s Tour cycle race comes flying through the village.
The 2018 edition of the five stage tour, featuring the very best women cyclists in the world, takes the scenic route from Evesham to Worcester.
Along with way it flies through local villages like Broom, The Lenches, Inkberrow – where there will be a spot sprint – then down the Saltway through Feckenham before rocketing off towards Hanbury and Droitwich and on to Worcester.
The Village Shop in Feckenham is a popular cafe stop for cyclists from across Worcestershire, South Warwickshire, Solihull and South Birmingham and will be a great place to capture the atmosphere as the tour goes whizzing through on the 130km stage.
The race starts in Evesham at 10.30am before heading off in an anti-clockwise direction through Pershore, up to Snowshill in the Cotswolds before descending through Honeybourne, Bidford and on to Broom.
The riders are expected to be contesting the sprint in Inkberrow at around 1pm and should be in Feckenham just minutes later.
Good places to watch also include the turn on the old Evesham Road by Hillers farm shop and in Atch Lench and Church Lench when the riders will be struggling up the short sharp hills there.
The Women’s Tour race is run by Sweetspot, the same company behind the Tour Series of town centre races which Redditch kicked off last month.
This year, the 100th anniversary of (some) women getting the vote, the women will also be competing for equal prize money as the men’s tour later this year.
Lizzie Deignan, former Road World Champion and Women’s Tour 2016 winner, said: “I’m so excited about the 2018 OVO Energy Women’s Tour; the race is the pinnacle of women’s professional road cycling in the UK, and it’s an important step to offer equal prize money to the comparative men’s race.
“So this support from OVO Energy means we can now focus on playing our part in an amazing race.”
In total 17 teams will compete in the race, including four British squads.
For more on the tour, visit http://www.womenstour.co.uk/ .