Oxfordshire will host the Grand Départ of the event for the first time in Women’s Tour history on Monday 4 October when Bicester and Banbury welcome nearly 100 of the world’s best riders for the start of the prestigious race.

The Women’s Tour will begin in the Bicester’s Market Square, which comprises part of its historic town trail, before riders eventually head north to finish in the market town of Banbury, which lies on the River Cherwell.

2021 marks the second year that Oxfordshire will host the Women’s Tour. Race organisersSweetSpot are working in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council, Oxford City Council and local district councils to deliver the event as part of a three-year commitment which began in 2019.

Click here to explore the stage one timetable.

 Please note that small modifications have been applied to the stage one route in and around Oxford city centre. Click here for more information