Congratulations Leah Thomas who won the first-ever Women’s Tour of Scotland! The Team Bigla rider also won the Queen of the Sprints Jersey while a special mention must go to Anna Shackley who won the Best Scottish Rider Jersey in her first UCI race.
Watch this space for details of next year’s race and in the meantime see our ‘What’s On’ page for spectator events coming up in the next few months.
The first ever Women’s Tour of Scotland takes place Friday 9th to Sunday 11th August. Spectating is free on the route which takes in Dundee, Dunfermline, Glasgow, Perth and Edinburgh.
This three-day three-stage race is a landmark moment for Scotland and women’s cycling making its inaugural appearance this year and set to be an permanent fixture on the UCI (the world governing body for cycling) elite calendar.
The 350km route will take in five cities over the three days not to mention scores of towns and villages. An anticipated 100,000 spectator are expected to line the route including visitor, fans and cycling enthusiasts from across the UK, Europe and worldwide.
Expect to see many of the top women’s teams in the world taking part plus the cream of Great Britain female cycling talent led by Scottish star and ambassador for the race Katie Archibald. Archibald (pictured below), an Olympic champion from Rio 2016 as part of the GB women’s pursuit team and multiple world and European medallist will receive a rapturous welcome from home fans especially on Stage 2 when the race starts in Glasgow city centre just 6 miles from her Milngavie roots.
The organisers have promised a carnival atmosphere at each stage start and finish with family friendly activation zones, culminating on Sunday 11th August in Edinburgh’s iconic Holyrood Park.
Stage 1 – Friday 9th August. Starts at 12.15pm at Slessor Gardens, Riverside Esplanade in Dundee finishing circa 3pm at Pittencrief Park in Dunfermline.
Stage 2 – Saturday 10th August. Starts at 11.15pm at George Square, Glasgow finishing circa 3pm at Council Chambers, Tay Street in Perth.
Stage 3 – Sunday 11th August. Starts at 10.30am at Holyrood Park, Edinburgh finishing in Holyrood Park at circa 3pm.
The daily route in detail can be viewed via the Women’s Tour of Scotland website with a map of the route below.
Spectating is free on the route.