Road closure details have been announced for the 2022 Women’s Tour professional cycling race in Oxfordshire .
Stage 6 of the 2022 Women’s Tour (the Oxfordshire stage of the race) will take place on Saturday, 11 June, with around 100 pro-cyclists racing from Chipping Norton to Oxford City.
There will be rolling road closures from 11.00am from the race start area in Chipping Norton, controlled by police and route marshals, which will continue along the route to Oxford.
This will involve highways and junctions, with access roads onto the route closed for short periods while the race passes through. The length of closure depends on how dispersed the riders are.
The complete road closure locations along the route, with predicted race timings, are listed on Oxfordshire County Council’s website.
Redbridge Recycling Centre, temporary closure
As the race will pass close to Redbridge Recycling Centre, the site will be closed between 1.30pm and 3.00pm. All other household waste and recycling centres are scheduled to remain open as normal.
The route in detail
The race will start in Chipping Norton’s High Street and pass through many picture-postcard locations, including taking in one of Britain’s most loved areas, the Cotswolds.
It will head as far north as Milcombe – a short distance from Banbury where Italian rider Marta Bastianelli triumphed in the 2021 race – before changing course and travelling south through West Oxfordshire towards RAF Brize Norton in Carterton.
The race will also visit Faringdon, Wantage and Abingdon in the Vale of White Horse and Didcot and Wallingford in South Oxfordshire, where a large section of the route will follow the stunning scenery of the North Wessex Downs.
Riders will cross the River Thames using the Folly Bridge as the race enters Oxford from its south side. In what promises to be a truly stunning end to the 2022 race, the stage will finish on the historic St Giles’ around 3.00pm.
There will be around 100 pro-cyclists, accompanied by support vehicles, and many spectators are expected to line the route.
Editorial update: 09 June 2022
Due to the road closures that will be in force in Oxford this coming Saturday, 11 June, for the Women’s Cycle Race, both Gloucester Green car parks will close at midnight on 10 June and re-open at 4.00pm on 11 June.
Redbridge park and ride will be open for use, but the exit will close at 2.30pm and re-open at 4.00pm on 11 June. Any cars within each of the sites over those will not be able to exit during these times.
Oxford City Council recommends that anyone coming into the city next Saturday use one of the other four “park and ride” sites.