Stage set for scenic women’s road race
HUNDREDS of people will line the streets of Bucks this weekend to see some of the world’s top female cyclists compete in the final stage of a gruelling road race.
Stage Five of the Friends Life Women’s Tour sets off in Marlow at 11am on Sunday and ends in Hemel Hempstead.
The 64-mile final stage will pass through Great Kingshill, Prestwood, Great Missenden, Hyde End, Chesham, Hawridge and Cholesbury.
Organisers have now revealed the approximate timings for the race, with the cyclists expected to arrive in Great Kingshill at about 12.17pm and leave Cholesbury at 12.54pm before heading into Tring and finishing in Hemel Hempstead at about 1.42pm.
The stage is supported by Chiltern District Council, Wycombe District Council,Buckinghamshire County Council, Leap (the Bucks & MK Sport and Activity Partnership) and Dacorum Council.
Leap is hoping the event will inspire people to get on their bikes. Its director, Mark Ormerod, said: “It’s the biggest women’s race in Britain and the world’s top female cyclists compete in it, so we’re delighted as a county to play host. Our hope now is that the public get so fired up by this event that they feel inspired to get on their bikes, particularly women and girls.”
Route director for race organisers SweetSpot, Andy Hawes, who hails from Bucks, said: “Stage Five will be an extremely picturesque run through the Chilterns, whether for spectators at the roadside or watching the ITV highlights. It’s also a very
Borough challenging route with approaching 1,400-metres of total ascent, so nobody should expect this to be an easy final stage.”
To coincide with the stage, Chesham Leisure Centre has organised a family Be Inspired event from 10am to 2.30pm. The event is free and offers an opportunity to try out parkour, tag rugby, badminton, activity sessions and more. Prizes will also be up for grabs.
Some 16 teams, made up of 96 riders from nine countries will take part in the Women’s Tour, including 12 of the world’s top 15-ranked teams.
Highlights are on ITV4 on Sunday evening, and will be repeated on Monday morning. For more details, including the 12.17pm: Outside Great Kingshill Combined
School; 12.18pm: Great
Kingshill; 12.19pm: Crossroads; 12.21pm: Prestwood; 12.25pm: A4128 High Street, outside AGE
electrical; 12.26pm: Great
Missenden; 12.28pm: High Street,
Great Missenden; 12.28pm: A4128 Link
Road; 12.28pm: A413 towards
Amersham; 12.29pm: B485 Frith Hill towards Chesham; 12.32pm: Hyde End; 12.36pm: Chesham; 12.39pm: St Mary’s Way; 12.40pm: Broad Street; 12.42pm: Vale Road; 12.46pm: Cholesbury
Lane, Hawridge; 12.52pm: Cholesbury Road, Cholesbury; 12.54pm: Kiln Road,
Cholesbury. full rider list, visit www. womenstour.co.uk. ALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Sam Cockerton is gearing up for her London to Brighton cycle race on Sunday. A CHARITABLE woman will tackle her biggest challenge yet when she cycles from London to Brighton at the weekend.
Sam Cockerton, 46, from Chesham, will cycle 54 miles when she takes part in an annual race on Sunday.
The prolific fundraiser is cycling in aid of the Hospice of St Francis, Chilterns Dog Rescue Society and the British Heart Foundation, which organises the cycle event.
Last weekend, to warm-up, Mrs Cockerton cycled 30 miles in a RSPCAorganised ride and raised just under £100 for the cause.
She took up cycling seriously in March and has been mentored by her friend Ken Muncie, from Chesham, who is also taking part in this weekend’s challenge.
Mrs Cockerton, said: “I’m looking forward to it – the final bit [Devil’s Dyke] might be a bit tricky, but I’ll complete the course.
“Ken’s been great, I wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without him”
Earlier in the year she also went from having luscious long locks to a number two haircut after shaving her hair off for the Princess Trust wig charity.
Landlady of the Jolly Sportsman, in Eskdale Avenue, Deborah Wilbee said Mrs Cockerton is the most charitable person she knows, adding: “In the short space of time I’ve known her, she’s become the most kind and charitable person I’ve ever met. She’s such a kind and generous person.”
The pub is helping boost Mrs Cockerton’s fundraising efforts by keeping sponsorship forms behind the bar.
People can also sponsor Mrs Cockerton by visiting www. justgiving.com/ Samantha-Cockerton1.