Stage four of the 2022 Women’s Cycling Tour will take place between Wrexham and Welshpool, with the stunning route featuring 2,050m of climbing.
This year, Wrexham will play host to a critical stage of the Women’s Tour cycle race as the UCI Women’s WorldTour event visits the town for the first time.
Over 100 of the world’s top riders will race through the heart of mid-Wales on stage four (Thursday 9th June) before a second Welsh stage culminates in a gruelling uphill finish at Black Mountain in Carmarthenshire a day later (Friday 10th June).
Thanks, in principle, to support from the Welsh Government, who has twice before backed stages of the race (in 2018 and 2019), Wrexham and Welshpool will feature in the UK’s most prestigious women’s race for the first occasion.
Wrexham last hosted elite cycling when the opening stage of the men’s Tour of Britain finished in the town in 2015, and the Women’s Tour this year is set to play a part in supporting Wrexham’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2025.
Wrexham To Chirk
Stage four will start in the heart of Wrexham on Chester Street before skirting the English-Welsh border, passing through Ruabon, travelling alongside the Chirk Aqueduct and running close to Chirk Castle before entering Powys at Rhydycroesau.
The 143-kilometre (89-mile) route will take in a breathtaking, anti-clockwise loop of the Lake Vyrnwy reservoir near Llanwddyn before winding its way towards the finish line a short distance away from the River Severn in the heart of Welshpool on Broad Street.
A Real Buzz
Ian Bancroft, Wrexham County Borough Council chief executive, said: “Wrexham is delighted to have been chosen to host part of this prestigious cycling tour.
“As finalists in the UK City of Culture 2025 competition, there is a real buzz in the county. I’m sure we’ll be out in big numbers to support this fantastic spectacle.”
About the 2022 Women’s Tour
This year, the Women’s Tour will feature all 14 of the top division UCI Women’s World Teams. Eighteen teams and 108 riders compete in the race, making it the most extensive field in its eight-year history.
This year’s Women’s Tour begins with a Grand Départ in Colchester and Bury St Edmunds (Monday 6th June). It then visits Gloucestershire (stage three, Wednesday 8th June) for the first time. This stage features a route through the Forest of Dean between Tewkesbury and Gloucester.
The race will conclude with stage six in Oxfordshire on Saturday 11th June. The stage runs between picturesque Chipping Norton in the Cotswolds and the heart of historic Oxford.
Further details of all stages – including full stage timetables, interactive maps, and competing riders – will be on their website shortly.
Highlights of this year’s race will once again be on ITV4 in the UK and worldwide via Eurosport and GCN.