Crowd joins the chain gang

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

THE Aviva Women’s Tour 2015 raced its way through Bucks on Sun­day on the fifth and fi­nal leg of the com­pe­ti­tion.

There was a fes­tive at­mos­phere in Mar­low at the start of the leg, with crowds lin­ing the streets and bunt­ing strung across the roads.

Huge cheers and the ring­ing of cow­bells greeted the pack of riders as they set off on a 102.6km route that wound its way from Mar­low through Med­men­ham and Fingest to Sto­kenchurch, on to Princes Ris­bor­ough via Bled­low Ridge, through Hugh­en­den Val­ley, Prest­wood and Great Mis­senden to Che­sham where Che­sham Mayor Peter Hud­son, leader of Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil Iso­bel Darby and Chair­man of Chiltern Coun­cil Mimi Harker OBE were among those in the crowd.

Cllr Harker had been at the start of the event and was de­lighted with the num­ber of peo­ple who had turned out for the event.

She said: “It was amaz­ing see­ing some of the top women’s cy­clists in the world lin­ing up at the start.

“It is such an ex­cit­ing event to come through our area and I am very pleased to see so many peo­ple here to cheer the riders on.”

The race ended in Hemel Hemp­stead where Bri­tish rider Han­nah Barnes crossed the line in first place. She also picked up the SweetSpot Best Young Rider award for her over­all fifth place and Best Bri­tish Rider.

Lisa Bren­nauer clinched over­all vic­tory and the Queen of the Moun­tains ti­tle went to Melissa Hoskins.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.