Crowd joins the chain gang
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.