Prepare for crowds, delays and disruptions in Wellesbourne this Friday, 9 June, as the OVO Energy Women’s Tour Cycle Race storms right through the centre of the village.

Although the race will be in Wellesbourne for only about 20 minutes, disruption is likely to start well before and will take some time to clear.

You may have seen signs in the village warning of delays from 10am to 2pm.

The race arrives in Wellesbourne from Moreton Morrell, turning right into the Kineton Road, and then down Bridge Street to the Ettington Road.

As you can see from the timetable (pictured) the race is expected to reach Wellesbourne between 11.35am and 11.58am, depending on how fast the riders are going, and will leave the village between 11.54am and 12.16pm.   They will be travelling at speeds of between 35 km/ph and 42 km/ph.

As well as the 102 cyclists, the race comes with a huge motorcade (see diagram) including 60 police motor bikes, 17 team support cars, ambulances, TV and radio cars and race organisers.

The race organisers and Warwickshire County Council have told the Parish Council that a rolling roadblock will be in place and that they will be arranging volunteer marshals from local cycle clubs and their own staff for crowd control.

Wellesbourne is a key part of Stage 3 of the race, which starts in Atherstone and finishes in Leamington Spa. The organisers say Wellesbourne will be a popular place for spectators as the village is the site for a Sprint Section, which will be televised and is one of the highlights of the race.

Please be aware of the race if you are planning trips in or around Wellesbourne on Friday, and follow any instructions from the marshals about parking and crowd control.

You can find out more about the race at the Women’s Tour website.