This year, Gloucestershire will host the 2022 Women’s Tour and Tour of Britain.
The Tour of Britain is the UK’s biggest and most prestigious bike race that attracts the world’s top cyclists – including Olympic and World Champions, and Tour de France winners. It forms part of the UCI ProSeries, making it one of the most important events on the road racing calendar.
FAQs – The Women’s Tour Wednesday, 8 June
When does it take place
On Wednesday, 8 June stage three of the Women’s Tour will begin in Tewkesbury and finish in Gloucester.
The route will see the riders start in Tewkesbury, head west into the Forest of Dean before racing to the to finish line in the heart of the cathedral city by Gloucester Docks.
This will be followed by stage six of the Tour of Britain, the UK’s most prestigious men’s cycle race, which will visit the county on Friday, 9 September. This race will also start in Tewkesbury and finish in Gloucester. The riders will head east into the Cotswolds, before heading south, passing through Stroud district,and finishing by Gloucester Docks.
What are the start times
The start time of the Women’s Race is 11am on Wednesday, 8 June.
The start time of the Men’s Race is 11am on Friday, 9 september.
For more information, visit: The Tour Of Britain | Stage timetables
Where is the start of the race being held?
Spectors can gather on the High Street from 9am. The race will officially start at 11am.
Will roads be closed for the event?
Tewkesbury High Street will be completely closed from Bredon Road roundabout to its junction with Church Street from midnight on Tuesday, 7 June to 2pm on Wednesday, 8 June.
There will be no access for vehicles during this time. Emergency vehicles will be taken through the site if necessary.
Please ensure that you remove your vehicle from the High Street before midnight on 7 June.
A diversion route will be signposted during the closure times.
For further information, visit:
The road closures for the event on 9 September will be updated on the Gloucestershire County Council Website
I am concerned about access and transport with these road closures, what can I do and who can I contact?
Please contact Gloucestershire Highways on:
Phone: 0800 514514
Will any events be affected?
Tewkesbury Retail Market will not take place on Wednesday, 8 June
Will car parks be closed for the event?
Spring Gardens and Oldbury Road car parks will be completely closed to both the public and permit holders from 6pm on Tuesday, 7 June to 1pm on Wednesday, 8 June.
Any vehicles that are not moved from these car parks will be towed
Permit holders can park their vehicles in any other Tewkesbury Borough Council-owned car park on Tuesday, 7 June, Wednesday, 8 June and Thursday, 9 June.
Will bin collections be impacted on this day?
Bin collections will not be impacted. Barton Street and Mythe Road are not collected on this day. Collections will go ahead as normal.
Will the market be taking place Wednesday 8 June?
No, the market is cancelled on this day
How can my business get involved and are there promotional materials available to promote the event to customers?
The Gloucestershire County Council website will give you details of the route, road closures, and a timetable of when the race is expected to pass through your community.
It also features a downloadable community activation pack which gives suggestions for how your business can get involved with the event.
Keep your bunting up! We would encourage you to leave any bunting and decorations from the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II up for the Women’s Tour. The race will take place the Wednesday after the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend.
The 2021 Women’s Tour and Tour of Britain delivered a net economic impact of £35million to the UK economy, with 1.3million spectators watching the races at the roadside, and 60% of fans inspired to cycle more.