Today is the halfway mark of the Women's Tour of Britain cycling event, held across various locations within the UK this week. The annual event began last Wednesday, 7th May from Oundle to Northampton. The event is aimed at professional cyclists and there are 16 world top teams competing this year each with six riders per race.
The first stage of the race took part in Northamptonshire, starting in Oundle and ending in Northampton. This route was approximately 93.8km and took on average 2 and a half hours to complete. The winner of the first stage was Emma Johansson with a time of 2 hours 28 minutes and 29 seconds.
On Thursday, the second race took place in Hinckley, to Bedford, a 118.5km race taking over 3 hours to complete. Rossella Ratto won this race in a time of 3 hours, 2 minutes and 2 seconds. Today the third leg of the race takes place in Essex, starting at Felixstowe and ending in Clacton. The 90.5km route is the shortest of the 5 days. Over the weekend, the final 2 stages will take place from Cheshunt to Welwyn Garden City, a 97.8km route and Harwich to Bury st Edmunds, a 108.3km ride.
Cycling is a great way to stay fit and healthy and can become a very competitive sport at a high level. Many of the athletes participating got into cycling at a young age as many people do. When competing in cycling events it is important to have to correct clothing a footwear to ensure a comfortable ride. Base layers and cycle shorts are perfect along with well fitting trainers, preferably specially design cycling shoes.
To keep up to date with each event you can do so through social media and the Women's Tour website, for daily updates and news on the winners of each race.
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