Wed 6 Mar 19
On Wednesday 6th March, Tour Ambassador, Olympian, Commonwealth Games, World and Multiple European Champion, Katie Archibald MBE headed to Edinburgh, to officially launch the first Women’s Tour of Scotland.
The eagerly anticipated route was formally released and can be found at: womenstourofscotland.com/route/
Supported by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s events directorate, the three-day, three stage 350km Tour will take place on Friday 9th – Sunday 11th August 2019 and is intended to be a long-term fixture in the events calendar.
Seasoned Race Director, Alan Rushton described the route; “The official start will depart from Dundee’s iconic waterfront area and the 103km stage will take in the Tay Road Bridge and travel down through the Kingdom of Fife to finish in Pittencrief Park, Dunfermline.
Stage Two is a 139.4km route departing on Saturday 10th August 2019 from George Square, Glasgow, sweeping through The Trossachs and finishing in the centre of Perth.
The final stage of the inaugural Women’s Tour of Scotland will start and finish in the beautiful setting of Holyrood Park, the famous Royal Park in central Edinburgh. The 118.3km stage will include three Queen of the Mountain climbs which will make the final 18kms of the Tour decisive.”
Katie commented "This is a great route for a race and the sheer calibre of teams and riders who will be racing the first Women's Tour of Scotland is really exciting - I'm proud to be involved with the Tour and I really hope more women and girls will be inspired to start cycling as a result.”
Also in attendance was Scotland’s Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, Mr Joe Fitzpatrick MSP: "Scotland has a long and proud history of bringing major sporting events to a worldwide audience. We are a nation that celebrates our diversity and equality so I am delighted that we are hosting the inaugural Women's Tour of Scotland.
“With the Cycling World Championships coming to Scotland in 2023 this event adds to our drive to become one of Europe’s top cycling nations with cycling firmly embedded across Scotland as the favoured way to travel to school and work, as an enjoyable leisure activity and an efficient way to improve health.”