Saddle Up! Walsall to Host Stage 2 of the 2021 Women’s Tour

Walsall is gearing up for the 2021 Women’s Tour in October. The race organisers have announced the full stage routes for the six-day event (Monday 4 – Saturday 9 October) with stage two taking place within the borough on Tuesday 5 October.

The stage will start in the town’s Arboretum, the Victorian park and roll out towards a 10-kilometre, anti-clockwise circuit around Hayhead Woods, Barr Beacon nature reserve and Pool Green. This undulating loop will feature 10 ascents of the Barr Beacon climb – three of which will count towards the SKODA Queen of the Mountains competition – before eventually heading into the town centre and a finish in the shadows of Walsall Town Hall on Lichfield Street.

The prestigious event will attract top teams from the women’s professional cycling scene and is set to attract a large audience around the route and on TV with the whole event being live-streamed.

Spectators are expected to line the route but for those wishing to catch the start and finish, community and cultural groups are coming together to provide a day of family events across Walsall Town Centre to keep people entertained on race day.

There are many ways for local businesses to get involved, from decorating your shop window or forecourt to commercial sponsorship to support our day of cultural activity. Businesses can contact Walsall Council directly about getting involved with the event.

Deputy Leader of Walsall Council, Cllr Adrian Andrew said:

It’s a real coup to be chosen to host a stage of this important race and it gives us a great opportunity to put Walsall on the map. The timing couldn’t be better with the excitement of Tokyo still in people’s minds and the anticipation ahead of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games next year. On race day, we’re planning a whole day of activities in the Town Centre to offer residents and visitors a great day out.

Women’s Tour Race Director, Mick Bennett said:

We are delighted to be working with Walsall Council and are pleased with their help to have created this innovative stage for the Women’s Tour.  The stage combines a start in the town’s Arboretum before a challenging ‘World Championships’ style circuit and then the finish back in the heart of the town centre.  It should be a fantastic stage and give people several chances to see the world’s best racing in Walsall.

There’s more information and a map of stage 2 on the council website at: Go.walsall.gov.uk/womenstour