London is to host a women's Grand Prix event on the final day of the Tour of Britain this autumn, with one of the most spectacular racing backdrops in the world.
Following on from the Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix last week in St James Park, the Westminster Grand Prixon Sunday 22nd September will see riders sweep past Downing Street and Northumberland Avenue, before heading along the Embankment and through the shadow of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
The final corner will bring riders through Parliament Square and back into Whitehall in front of the massed Tour of Britain crowds.
The ToB organisers, SweetSpot, have made a commitment to women's cycling, and this one-hour race will see some of the country's best female riders out in force.
“This is a fantastic chance to provide spectators with the chance of seeing more top class racing and some of Britain’s top female cyclists in action during the final day celebrations in London,” said SweetSpot Director Guy Elliott.
The Tour of Britain begins in Peebles in the Scottish Borders on Sunday 15th September, finishing in the centre of London eight days later on Sunday 22nd September, with live coverage in the UK on ITV4 and British Eurosport.
Amateur cyclists wishing to be a part of the Grand Depart weekend can join in The Tour Ride Scotland on Saturday 14th September, taking on 50 and 100-mile Rides between Peebles and Drumlanrig Castle.
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