Warwickshire will welcome Britain’s biggest professional cycle race for the second successive year as the OVO Energy Tour of Britain returns to the county later this year. 

The world’s best riders will tackle a 186.5-kilometre (116-mile) route between Warwick and Burton Dassett Country Park, retracing roads that feature in a near-identical OVO Energy Women’s Tour stage in June

Where and when?

Stage seven of the race on Friday 13 September will see the battle for the OVO Energy green jersey of race leader played out on the slopes of Burton Dassett Country Park. 

Coming a day before the race’s overall finish in Manchester city centre, this three ascents of the short, sharp climb, located in the heart of England between Warwick and Banbury, are likely to prove pivotal for the final destination of the race leader’s OVO Energy Green Jersey.

Upon leaving Warwick the world’s top riders will pass through the University of Warwick, Kenilworth, Meriden (home to the National Cyclists’ Memorial), Atherstone, Bedworth and Wellesbourne.

Riders will climb Sun Rising Hill near Edge Hill before beginning the first of two full loops of a clockwise 12-kilometre finishing circuit around Burton Dassett and Farnborough, giving fans three chances to see the action on the 1.7-kilometre, 4.9% average, climb.

Last year’s Warwickshire stage went from Atherstone to Royal Leamington Spa, ending in victory for André Greipel in a bunch sprint in the town centre.  The route took the race over the Burton Dassett climb during the stage, with Briton Matt Holmes of the Madison Genesis team the first rider to crest the summit.

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Reaction to the news

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Leader of Warwickshire County Council and portfolio holder for economic development, said: “The last three years when Warwickshire has hosted the Women’s Tour and, last year, the Tour of Britain, the county’s towns – Atherstone, Nuneaton, Stratford and Leamington Spa – have been the venues for the start or finish and received some tremendous profile with a worldwide television audience watching.

“But Warwickshire has so much more to offer.  We also boast enviable countryside and Burton Dassett Hills Country Park showcases some of our finest natural landscapes.

“We want people to see what a varied county we are.  Hosting a stage of the Women’s Tour brings in a lot of visitors on the day but we will also be looking beyond that and promoting the county to a broader audience. Burton Dassett is a real jewel in our crown and I am delighted it will get the profile it deserves.”

Downloads and links

Click here to visit the stage seven hub | Click here to explore the 2019 OVO Energy Tour of Britain route