Moving swiftly after Scotland was revealed as the host of the 2023 combined multi-sport cycling World Championships, concrete details have been revealed about this summer’s inaugural Women’s Tour of Scotland.
Olympic champ Katie Archibald was the headline act in officially launching the 3-day, 350km race, which will take place between Friday 9 and Sunday 11 August, with up to 20 of the world’s leading teams invited.
Stage 1 (103km) heads from Dundee to Dunfermline, with the potentially decisive Cleish Hill (263m) coming inside the final 15km.
Stage 2 (139.4km) sees the peloton going into The Trossachs, from Glasgow to Perth, and includes passage of the superb Dukes Pass early on, and a fast-run into the finish.
Stage 3 (118.3km) is an Edinburgh loop and the hilliest stage of the race. The final circuit in Holyrood Park has three Queen of the Mountains climbs in the final 18km.
“This is a great route for a race and the sheer calibre of teams and riders who will be racing the first Women’s Tour of Scotland is really exciting,” said Archibald. “I’m proud to be involved with the Tour and I really hope more women and girls will be inspired to start cycling as a result.”
As part of the event, sportives will be held on the day of the final stage, based out of Holyrood Park, with full details revealed next week.
To keep up-to-date on developments of the race, visit www.womenstourofscotland.com