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The Women’s Tour – Saturday 11 June 2022

The Women's Tour logoResidents of Chipping Norton will be centre stage at the start of Stage 6 of the Women’s Tour of Britain, as the highest town in the county hosts the start of the last day of the race on Saturday 11 June.

The Women’s Tour is a free-to-watch spectacular event that celebrates women in sport and all things cycling. Starting at Chipping Norton and travelling south through West Oxfordshire, competitors will travel through Charlbury, Burford, and Carterton before racing through South & Vale district before culminating in the heart of Oxford City.

View the full route here

As race day approaches you will see full timings and the locations of where the hill climbs and sprint locations will be so you can plan your day. We hope lots of residents and visitors will want to line the route to cheer the riders through the district.   

Children’s flag competition

Thank you to everyone who entered the Children’s flag competition! Katie Scott really enjoyed looking at and judging all of your fantastic flag designs.

And the winner is…..

Congratulations to Chester Youd with his amazing design that features a racing bike and the Union Jack. Well done Chester!

Flag winning entry by Chester Youd

Chester and his family have won VIP access to the event and Chester will also have the honour of raising the flag to start the race to get the riders on their way!  As a memento of the day, the Chester will also receive a shirt signed by the competitors. We hope you all have a great time!

Here are some more brilliant entries - well done everyone!

6 other design entries

If you’d like to design a flag to wave on the day please feel free to use the template:

Getting to the start

The market town of Chipping Norton is looking forward to welcoming spectators to see the Women’s Tour depart for the final stage of the race.  

Check out this video of the town to get a feel of this wonderful Cotswold market town. 

While the town is perched on the highest point in Oxfordshire it is within easy reach of a range of transport options.

RAIL –  The nearest train station is Kingham in the East which is approx. 5 miles away or Moreton in Marsh in the West. Both these stations are on the mainline to London with roughly hourly trains.

BUS – There is a direct bus to Chipping Norton from Oxford using the stagecoach S3 service, which departs from Magdalen Street in Oxford City Centre and arrives in Chipping Norton, West Street, with a 53-minute journey.

From Stratford Upon Avon the stagecoach 50 service goes directly from the Civic Hall in Stratford to West Street in Chipping Norton with a journey time of 45 minutes.

From Banbury, the Stagecoach 488 bus service goes directly from Banbury Bus Station to West Street in Chipping Norton, with a journey time of 50 minutes.

Other local services run via Pulhams from Witney via the X9 bus & Charlbury

ROAD – The nearest motorway is the M40 getting off at junction 11 for Banbury. You can also reach Chipping Norton by following the A44 from North of Oxford or from Moreton in Marsh if you are coming from West.

CAR PARKS – There are a few car parks in Chipping Norton but please be mindful that road closures might affect your ease of access to them.

Albion Street Car Park (OX7 5BN) is a good long stay option. 

New Street Car Park (OX7 5LJ) is even closer to the town centre and larger as well as providing charging points for electric vehicles. 

The Chipping Norton Leisure centre (OX7 5DY) may also have some spare car parking spaces on the day.

See: Where to park?

ADDITIONAL PARKING OPTIONS - If you are arriving from the South & Oxford the additional temporary event-parking site of Chipping Norton Rugby Club Greystones, Burford Rd, Chipping Norton OX7 5UY will be a good easy option for visitors to use. The local town council have even laid on a local shuttle bus service throughout the Saturday morning providing easy event parking. If you prefer to walk it is a short 15 minute walk into the town and we suggest crossing the road carefully and using the walking footpath via the new estate in Evans way down to Walterbush road into town.

Additional temporary event parking will be available at Chipping Norton Health Centre Car Park Russell Way, Chipping Norton OX7 5FA which is a short 10 minute walk into the main town. If you are travelling from Banbury or the North for this event, parking here will be a good option to use.

CYCLING – We encourage you to arrive by bike. It is hoped there will be temporary bike parking facilities set up in Middle Row and by the Guildhall right in the centre of the town for race day. If you are planning to stay for the weekend to enjoy the local area, check out these local cycle routes

Supporting events

There will be lots to see and do in Chipping Norton while you wait for the Women’s Tour to arrive. The town’s park run sets off at 9:00am from Chipping Norton secondary school and visitors and regulars are always welcome to walk, jog or run the course.

The Tour village will be hosting several local clubs including the Windrush Bike Project who help local people from all walks of life to make every day journeys by bike and learn about bike mechanics. They run a community bike workshop from Witney, West Oxfordshire and deliver Bikeability cycle training in 32 West Oxfordshire schools. It is hoped a beginner cyclist ride can be organised on the day as well as the Windrush Bike project showing and demonstrating some Assisted Riding bikes/equipment.

As soon as the professional riders leave the town, the local cycling group who aim to encourage more locals to walk and cycle, will be setting up activities for residents and visitors to enjoy in the Top Side car park by the Town Hall. Younger riders & adults can try a tricky trail to help develop cycle skills and if you have ever wondered what riding an electric bike would be like then local bike shop TY Cycles will be on hand with a demonstrator bike to try in a safe closed environment as well as running a Dr. Bike maintenance service.

The local ladies Breeze Champion will be on hand to advise potential cyclists as well as encouraging new riders to sign up to join some local rides taking place on Sunday 12 June.

The local MTB riders from Wychwood MTB group will after the race departs set off on the Salt Way off-road route towards Charlbury and Long Hanborough and there will also be a led ride to Oxford by local CyclingUK groups.

Other stands outside of the town hall will include Transition Chipping Norton  who will highlight the town’s vision, and Legacy wishes longer term to get more people into cycling and join in local activities. This will include some information about local Cyclo Cross racing.

Complete Stage 6 yourself!

The LoyalFree app currently features a trail of stage 6 of the Women’s Tour - this is your chance to cycle stage six of the route for yourself! Start in Chipping Norton and follow the trail on the LoyalFree app whilst enjoying the stunning scenery of West Oxfordshire! Download the app now to start cycling the route, enjoy deals from local businesses and find out about other upcoming events.

What else is going on?

Further towns on the route in West Oxfordshire have festivals running on the 11 June including Burford Festival  & the Charlbury festival. On the day of the race in Burford, there is a talk by Jo Bradley on behind the scenes in costume departments for film & TV and later the town will have 20 local gardens open for a rare glimpse in a trail running from 1pm.  Charlbury has a variety of workshops, farmer’s market, talks and music events as it sees the start of its festival, which runs until 19 June.

Road closures

To aid the event Oxfordshire County Council have authorised rolling road closures. Road closure locations along the route, with predicted race timings, will be listed in full here: Large public event road closures.