Stage Four will build on the success of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour’s visit to Warwickshire in 2017 by bringing the men’s race to the county for the first time in its modern guise on Wednesday 5 September. 

This leg will be raced over 183.5 kilometres – the second longest of this year’s Tour – from Nuneaton to Royal Leamington Spa, using many of the same roads that the world’s top women will cover when Britain’s leading women’s stage race returns to the county on 15 June this year.

The north-south-north direction taken by the route will allow spectators to catch the world’s best riders on a number of occasions; most notably at the Eisberg Sprint at Kenilworth and a potential bunch sprint come Royal Leamington Spa.

Nuneaton
Host venue for the first time

Nuneaton is a beautiful and historic market town set in the Heart of England upon the River Anker. The town’s rich cultural heritage, outstanding road, rail and waterway links and impressive retail offer make it a perfect place to live, visit or work.

The town is the largest in Warwickshire and has 13th century coal mining roots. It grew substantially during the industrial revolution through the textile industry including ribbon weaving and the production of hats. Today the town is associated with successful advanced manufacturing and the automotive industry.

Famous for George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), author of Middlemarch and Silas Marner, Nuneaton is firmly on the literary map. The town centre is crammed with handsome Victorian architecture and renowned for its large, vibrant street market, which was established in 1247 by royal charter and is still going strong today.

With a choice of many national and international high street chain stores alongside a host of original independent shops, Nuneaton is a bustling town with a lively atmosphere. The town also offers leafy green spaces for those seeking tranquillity, with the magnificent and historic Riversley Park right on hand.

Nuneaton has a superb museum and art gallery and an outstanding range of state-of-the-art sporting facilities. Nearby attractions include the impressive Nicholas Chamberlain Almshouses and Bedworth Civic Hall, which welcomes artists from all over the world and provides a wide variety of entertainment for different audiences.

Royal Leamington Spa
Host venue for the first time

Royal Leamington Spa boasts dramatic Regency architecture, delightful parks and gardens and a unique mix of top quality shopping, with a fantastic range of independents alongside high street brands.

With an impressive array of entertainment venues, a rich choice of restaurants and some of the country’s best spas and salons, Royal Leamington Spa will keep visitors enthralled even once the race is over.

Wide boulevards, Georgian and Edwardian architecture and award-winning parks provide a stunning backdrop to this shopping paradise. Often described as ‘the best bits of London, all in a 10-minute walk’, Leamington town centre combines a treasure-trove of independent, specialist boutiques with all the national chains you would expect to find in a large city.

Just some of the highlights of Leamington include visits to its wonderful and award-winning Jephson Gardens, the Art Gallery & Museum is located opposite the gardens in the Royal Pump Rooms.  Or take advantage of the excellent retail offer, with its blend of major national retailers and unique independents.  The town’s cafes, bars and restaurants are rightly held in high regard, with all tastes and budgets catered for.

For more information, go to www.shakespeares-england.co.uk.