Your District Council is getting behind the Aviva Women's Tour when it hits the area on Friday 17 June with support and funding being made available for community activities.
We provided similar support for last September's Tour of Britain and want to build on the success of that event as the world's top women racers take on the Dales. To encourage communities to get involved along the route small grants of up to £100 are available - apply online.
Stage Three of the Women's Tour - from Ashbourne to Chesterfield - is being billed as the toughest stage of the race, featuring Chatsworth, Youlgrave and Matlock. Two 'Queen of the Mountains' sections at Alport and Matlock's Bank Road will add extra excitement and drama.
Dales towns and villages that will see Stage 3 at first hand are Ashbourne (10.45am start), Earl Sterndale, Flagg, Monyash, Youlgrave, Winster, Wensley, South Darley, Darley Bridge, Darley Dale, Matlock, Beeley and Baslow.
The race will also speed by close to the villages of Fenny Bentley, Tissington, Biggin, Heathcote, Hartington, Chelmorton, Alport, Stanton in Peak, Birchover, Elton, Edensor and Pilsley, eventually leaving the Dales to travel through Buxton and on to Chesterfield.
The stage also falls on the same weekend as the popular Eroica Britannia family festival in Bakewell, just a short ride from the Stage Three route.
Chairman of the District Council's Community & Environment Committee Councillor Jo Wild said:
"It was fabulous to see community groups and partnership organisations get behind the Tour of Britain last autumn and we want to make 17 June another day to remember both for the competitors and local people across the Derbyshire Dales."
Once the race is underway, police will organise rolling roadblocks on the route with the aim of keeping traffic disruption to a minimum. To facilitate the start of Stage 3 in Ashbourne, the following roads will be closed from midnight on 16 June until 1pm on race day 17 June:
- Church Street (part) east of the Station Road junction to Dig Street;
- St John Street (part) from Dig Street junction to the junction with A515 Market Place;
- Dig Street (closed for its full length);
- Compton Street (part) short section at its north end from just north of junction with King Edward Street, over Henmore Brook, to Dig Street;
- A515 Market Place (part, with northbound only closed from St John’s Street to just south of Union Street).
Diversions will be by Station Road, Station Street, Sturston Road, Park Road, Cockayne Avenue, The Green Road, King Street, Buxton Road, and vice versa using St John’s Street, Park Road, Sturston Road, Station Street and Station Road.